Levitate Into Oblivion
Ticket sales open for 2 edgy Austin music festivals this fall
Fans of alternative music may not be showing up to festivals in white cowboy boots, but they deserve some time in the glow of several stages. Luckily, news from two of Austin's biggest alternative festivals gives concertgoers with more specific taste something to look forward to.
First, Levitation announced that tickets are on sale now for the October festival, famous for its recurring Halloween weekend festivities. The four days from October 26-29 are packed with nearly 100 bands playing in different venues around town. One of the unique perks of Levitation, tickets can be purchased for all four days ($395, plus $45 service fee) or individual shows — but they're not always cheap.
Some of the bigger names on the lineup include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Turkish psych rock band Altın Gün is visiting from Amsterdam, and post-pop glitch performer Yeule will be in from Singapore, so there's something for everyone — everyone with interesting taste, anyway.
Several Austinites are on the lineup, too. Recent KUTX artist of the month Die Spitz keeps rising through the ranks of the Austin punk and grunge scene, with a loud, theatrical stage presence and rotating stage duties, taking turns singing and playing different instruments. Other notable Austin acts are the now-20-year-old psych rock band The Black Angels, indie band Annabelle Chairlegs, and the eclectic, experimental Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band.
A week later, Oblivion Access Festival announced its 2024 dates: June 13-16. This four-day celebration of underground music is similar to Levitation but as the name might suggest, has some darker roots. Formerly Austin Terror Fest, it welcomes experimental, metal, and hip-hop acts, and is a natural wellspring of interesting concert photography from year to year. (Watching people be themselves: It's fun.)
This festival also has a unique ticketing structure in its "Blind Faith" pass ($373.52). Since it's still early and no setlist has been announced, fans can opt-into this tier on blind faith alone. It also keeps fans in the dark about which venues they will be able to access, but last year's pass included every festival venue and the gallery, as well as exclusive access to the Central Presbyterian Church, which puts on trippy light shows.
Fans who are more cautious with their purchases (and can go without the church shows to save some money) can wait for the "All Access" wristbands and individual show tickets to become available. Blind Faith passes are limited and tend to sell fast, so fans will have to make a decision soon — or have it made for them.