Austin Psych Fest is in retrograde, returning for the first time since it was transformed into Levitation in 2014. Fifteen years since the inaugural event in 2008, Austin Psych Fest will take place April 28-30 at the Far Out Lounge on South Congress. Festivals typically get bigger and bigger, but here the small, “weird underground party” satisfies the urge to “Keep Austin Weird.”
Though the Far Out Lounge opened in 2019, it claims a history that goes back to 1908 and includes the likes of Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin. Much like the festival, the music venue has since been renovated and revamped, now hosting five permanent food trucks with lobster, fried chicken, Mexican food and more. Austin Psych Fest’s return to a single-venue outdoor format harkens back to the festival’s early days, allowing attendees to enjoy the live music next to the oak trees and under the stars. Mixing nature and technology, the Mad Alchemy liquid light show will saturate the landscape in luminescent psychedelia.
This year, Austin Psych Fest presents a kaleidoscopic lineup, swirling with psych rock, indie rock and dream pop. The transcendent Toro Y Moi and Yves Tumor will be joined by Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar on Friday, while festival veterans Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Black Angels will take the stage on Saturday. Sunday closes out with a miscellaneous blend of international artists, including Cuco, Los Bitchos and Melody’s Echo Chamber.
- The Far Out Lounge can accommodate about 1,500 people.
- Friday tickets are sold out at the time of this writing, Saturday and Sunday single day GA tickets are available at $75 and 3 day GA passes are available for $195. Deluxe tickets are also available for a higher price. Find the full breakdown here.
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Is there an age limit? People of all ages are welcome to attend, but those under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
What is the parking situation? Limited metered parking and private lot spots are available, but festival organizers recommend carpooling, ridesharing and taxis.
Is the festival ADA accessible? Yes. Anyone needing ADA accommodations should contact the venue for more information.