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It’s May. I guess it’s time to talk festivals. There’s a lot to despise about them: the cost, the organizers, the line-ups, the porta-potties, the having to stand in a field among throngs of shitbirds and shitpeople, eating shitfood and drinking shitbeer. It’s, what’s the word I’m looking for…SHIT, I tells ya! One thing we can ALL agree on is there are not enough festivals that lift you to experience, hoist your heinies heavenwards, and cause your tootsies to LEVITATE…can I get a HALLELUJAH?!?!
Hyperbolic? Perhaps. There are great festivals out there, but Levitation — the annual three-day psych festival held in Austin — is one of the few musical masses that surprises and delights every year. The “phase one” 2019 line-up has been announced and it is a orgy of musical pleasures. Between November 7-10, the likes of John Cale, Dinosaur Jr., Angel Olsen, Kurt Vile, High On Fire, Chelsea Wolfe, Devendra Banhart, Deafheaven, and fest founders The Black Angels will be traipsing around Austin clubs, spreading wondrous sounds and tremendous vibes. Think “different plane” — not David Blaine.
Complete ticket info is here. Check out the initial line-up festival program below, and prepare your body for levitation.
Levitation 2019, Austin, TX, phase one lineup:
11.07.19 – Angel Olsen, Devendra Banhart @ Stubb’s
11.07.19 – High On Fire, Power Trip @ Mohawk
11.07.19 – Kikagaku Moyo, Holy Wave, Minami Deutsch, Hoover iii @ Barracuda
11.08.19 – Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Brutus, Emma Ruth Rundle, Jaye Jayle, Lingua Ignota @ Empire
11.08.19 – Black Mountain, Kikagaku Moyo, Stonefield @ Mohawk
11.08.19 – Broncho, Death Valley Girls, Frankie & The Witch Fingers @ Barracuda
11.09.19 – John Cale, The Black Angels @ Stubb’s
11.09.19 – Chelsea Wolfe, Ioanna Gika @ Central Presbyterian Church
11.09.19 – Allah-Las, White Fence @ Empire
11.09.19 – Red Fang, Torche, Monolord @ Empire
11.09.19 – Acid King, Here Lies Man, Zig Zags, Warish, Blackwater Holylight @ Barracuda
11.10.19 – Kurt Vile & The Violators, Dinosaur Jr @ Stubb’s
11.10.19 – Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dallas Acid @ Mohawk
11.10.19 – A Place To Bury Strangers, The Kvb, Numb.Er @ Barracuda