One of the most promising music festivals of 2016 has just been cancelled — a day before it was set to begin.
Austin’s Levitation 2016, in past years known formerly as Austin Psych Fest, has been nixed on the eve of the three-day event at Carson Creek Ranch.
“It is with great sadness that we must report that due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled,” festival organizers write online. “This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority. The festival will be issuing refunds for tickets and passes. See the website at levitation-austin.com for more info.”
The Levitation website is currently down (UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: It’s back up!), but you can scan what would have been the full lineup below. The fest was set to be headlined by Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Flying Lotus, Slowdive, Animal Collective, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Caribou, and the Black Angels, with performances by a few dozen others.
Levitation adds: “We’ve been working with county officials trying to find a way to carry on, but at this point the decision has been made, and it is beyond our control. The cancellation is due to dangerous weather conditions in the forecast combined with weather complications to the grounds and the Colorado River.”
Many of the bands have already arrived in Austin (Twitter says Anton Newcombe got to his hotel earlier this week), so this presents a pretty interesting weekend in the Texas capital. It’s likely many of the bands will find last-minute gigs within the city’s numerous nightclubs and live music venues.
…but if something comes up and we do play and there is a show someplace tomorrow I'll tell you so stay tuned ????????