Levitation music festival won’t return until 2018

Levitation music festival (Levitation Facebook Photo)
Levitation music festival (Levitation Facebook Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — “After much deliberation and consultation, we have decided not to hold Levitation in 2017.”

It has been a tough year for Levitation music festival, held at Carson Creek Ranch, across State Highway 71 from Austin airport. In April, Travis County officials shut down the event over the threat of severe weather, leaving thousands disappointed. Friday, organizers announced they were taking a year off in 2017, with a promise to relaunch in 2018.

“While this wasn’t an easy decision to make, with more time we can present the best festival without compromises,” organizers said in a Facebook post. “We’ve had the privilege and honor for the last decade to host the Psych community and our favorite artists, coming together from all over the world.”

Levitation musical festival was canceled over concerns of weekend severe weather (KXAN Photo)
Levitation musical festival was canceled over concerns of weekend severe weather. June 6, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

In June, KXAN reported many would-be festivalgoers still hadn’t received their refunds. “I’ve been to a lot of events that have been cancelled but usually it’s a pretty quick process to get your refund so I’m starting to get concerned,” Joe Tomter, who planned to attend, said at the time. “I spent $200 on a pass and $100 on VIP. And so, that’s a lot of money to have vanish into thin air.”

Tomter traveled more than 1,200 miles to attend the festival, which emerged as a common theme among the many people who traveled great distances to be in Austin for the festival.

The festival began to process refunds on July 5. The company said in a statement, “The cancellation and subsequent insurance process has been an extremely difficult time and we’re very grateful to those all those who have shown us patience and understanding through the situation.”

Messages on the fest’s Facebook page in response to Friday’s announcement were almost exclusively supportive. “They’re building a storm-proof bunker,” one user wrote.

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