Austin has long been celebrated for its ever-evolving and active music scene. Described as a perfect way to cool down after SXSW, the sixth annual Austin Psych Fest features three stages of psychedelic rock, 60+ bands, and a variety of art installations and film screenings.
Returning this year are APF alumni and Austin locals, the Black Angels, who have been playing the festival since its 2008 inception. Joining them are fellow alum Holy Wave, Roky Erickson, and Indian Jewelry. Austin Psych Fest also runs its own label, the Reverberation Appreciation Society. Launching in 2010 with the release of Christian Bland and The Revelators – The Lost Album, it has become home to a number of Austin psychedelic acts. Representing the label this year are Elephant Stone, UFO Club (playing a Thursday pre-party), and Night Beats among others.
In addition to hosting a slew of local Austin bands, the festival invites international psychedelic and rock acts as well. Representing Canada are Suuns, Black Mountain, and Besnard Lakes. Liverpool’s Clinic, The Laurels of Sydney, and the experimental Swedish outfit, Goat, are all scheduled to grace the sunny Austin stages as well.
Austin Psych Fest kicks off on Friday, April 26, with pre-parties on Thursday night and celebrates psychedelic music and art for that entire weekend. We are looking forward to supporting a positive and rapidly-growing festival this year. If you are planning on attending, please share the bands you are most looking forward to seeing in the comment section below. I am very much looking forward to seeing Goat and Elephant Stone myself.