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Levitation 2016 canceled due to dangerous weather

By: Curtis Sindrey –

Levitation 2016 was to feature performances by Brian Wilson, Slowdive, Flying Lotus, Ween, and more.

Levitation 2016 was to feature performances by Brian Wilson, Slowdive, Flying Lotus, Ween, and more.

Levitation 2016, which was set to take place from April 29 to May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas, and include performances by Flying Lotus, Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, and more, has been canceled due to what organizers describe as “dangerous weather”.

In a statement posted to their website, the festival said:

Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled. This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority.

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.

We are completely devastated. We have been working for a year, looking forward to this weekend and seeing you all at the ranch. We know that many of you traveled from far away, and that this news is extremely disappointing for everyone.

At this point, the projected impact of the storms has intensified, and we are now left with no choice but to cancel. You may remember that in 2015 we had severe weather warnings as well, but were able to get through the weekend. The difference between 2015 and 2016 is the severity of the storms being predicted, including high wind, large hail and tornado warnings, combined with high water levels from last week’s flooding.

We have tried every avenue to continue with the festival, and the county has been working with us to find a way, but today at 5:00pm the final decision was made to cancel the festival due to public safety concerns related to severe weather. Following this announcement, the festival has to evacuate the site, meaning that staff and equipment must be loaded out. This leaves us with no opportunity to continue the festival later in the weekend. Even if the weather has improved drastically on Sunday, we would be unable to produce an event at the ranch.

We will be working to keep everyone updated. Please see information on refunds, potential venue shows and other important info below.

The Thursday Kick Off events tonight are still happening. Tickets still remain for each show and will be available at the doors. Tickets are $15.

Door times are as follows:
Empire– doors at 5:30
Mohawk – doors at 6:30pm
Barracuda – doors at 8:00pm

Weekend passes, deluxe passes, camping passes, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets will not be available for pickup at Cheer Up Charlie’s as previously planned. Please see the refund information below.

People picking up press, artist, and guest wristbands can still head to Cheer Up Charlie’s (next to Mohawk), to pick up these credentials to get into these three shows.

Organizers will be issuing refunds through Front Gate Tickets, and contacting all those who purchased tickets by email shortly. Due to the nature of the refund process, these refunds will not be instant, but will be made within 30 days.

For campers, please see a list of hotels with availability in the Austin area HERE. For RV Campers, you can find a list of RV sites HERE,

Organizers say that they are trying to book as many shows as possible at venues around the downtown Austin area this weekend as they expect that some artists will still be able to perform. These shows will be subject to capacity and tickets will need to be purchased separately, pursuant to each individual venue’s ticketing procedures. Tickets purchased for Levitation will NOT be honored for any subsequent shows artists play or at any other venue.

Unfortunately, no refunds other than festival tickets (including camping passes and all other ticketing options) will be available. We realize many festival attendees have incurred costs for travel and festival preparation, and we encourage patrons to contact airlines and hotels to inquire about cancellation related refunds.


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