Austin Psych Fest draws international crowd

Robert Fitzpatrick and James Oswald founded the Austin Psych Fest.
Robert Fitzpatrick and James Oswald founded the Austin Psych Fest.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The seventh annual Austin Psych Fest kicks off Friday.
The three day event takes place on 20 acres known as the Carson Creek Ranch near the airport.
Thursday, crews were busy setting up three stages for 70 bands and nearly five thousand fans.
“This really is a destination festival that people come to because it’s a one of a kind lineup,” said Robert Fitzpatrick, Managing Partner of Austin Psych Fest.
Austin continues to be the destination for this festival since we are considered the birthplace of Psychedelic Rock dating back to the 1960s.
“With the 13th Floor Elevators they coined the phrase Psychedelic Rock,” said Fitzpatrick.
But the main crowd at this festival is not from Austin.
“I think 20 percent of our audience is from Austin and the rest of the people come from all over the country and all over the world,” said James Oswald, Austin Psych Fest managing partner.
And with moving the festival from the Seaholm Power Plant in Downtown Austin to Travis County the rules are a little different.
“We can go a little later here since we’re not so close to neighbors we can have sound until 1:30a.m.,” said Fitzpatrick.
Leading to concern from some residents but organizers believe they will be respectful of their neighbors.
“It’s really just a tame crowd it’s just a bunch of music geeks having a good time,” said Fitzpatrick.
Austin Psych Fest runs through Sunday.  Tickets are still available and cost $125.

 

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