Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!

L.A. Witch

L.A. Witch is one of the bands scheduled to appear at the inaugural Levitation music festival in Vancouver June 5-7.

As hordes of music-lovers descend on Austin, Texas this week for the annual music, film and interactivity festival known as South by Southwest, tickets have gone on sale for a festival in Vancouver with a connection to that city.

In partnership with the Austin Psych Fest, now known as Levitation, Vancouver concert promoter Timbre is presenting the first annual Levitation Festival June 5-7.

In the tradition of Austin Psych Fest, which takes place in May and is now in its eighth year, the three-day Levitation Vancouver festival will showcase mostly rock bands, many with adventurous leanings.

Some of the top bands include critical faves Black Lips, Amen Dunes, and Atlas Sound. Vancouver acts include Black Mountain, White Poppy and Anciients. Regional bands include Dead Moon from Portland, La Luz from Seattle and Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback from Nanaimo, B.C. One of the most intriguing acts, at least based on their name and songs like “Nico and Her Psychedelic Subconscious”  is a Los Angeles-based band called Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel.

La Luz at the Electric Owl, Vancouver, Feb 5 2014. Kirk Chantraine photo.

La Luz at the Electric Owl, Vancouver, Feb 5 2014. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Levitation Vancouver kicks off with a launch party Friday, June 5 at the Rickshaw Theatre. Daytime weekend events will take place at Malkin Bowl, the outdoor theatre in Stanley Park, and will be open to all ages. At night, Main Street venues the Electric Owl, the Cobalt, Imperial, and the Rickshaw Theatre will showcase multi-band bills.

The press release notes that “Levitation Vancouver’s programming will maintain the spirit of Austin Psych Fest” by “offering a wide range of international and local talent from across the musical spectrum, including garage rock, electronic, psych and experimental music.”

In addition to music, Levitation will host “art installations and unique food and craft vendors to create a full festival experience within Vancouver’s downtown core. Levitation Vancouver is working closely with community stakeholders to provide a safe, accessible and environmentally conscious experience for all festival goers while championing local and independent Vancouver businesses and artists.”

For more information, including a full lineup and ticket info, visit

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