10 Must Know Tips for Levitation Fest

A Levitation Festival Guide

Spring is thriving and we’re officially knee deep in festival season. I recently went to Levitation Fest 2018  and it was beyond words amazing! Since it was my first time going, I didn’t know what to expect or what to be prepared for. Now that I’ve gone and had the full experience, I can help show you the ropes. There are a  things I learned that you might want to know before going.

Levitation has changed over the past few years from being an outdoor event called Pysch Fest to a multiple location venue event in downtown Austin, Texas.  Most of the shows are conveniently held at bars within walking distance of one another which makes it easy to find most performances.
My friends and I stayed in Austin from Thursday to Sunday in an AirBnb about 20 minutes away. We were able to watch 3 shows packed with 5 bands or more each night for under $50 per ticket. Drinks were relatively cheap in comparison to my usual LA bar scene and there were many vegan food options around! Some of the events are 18+ and others 21+ depending on the location. We had a wild time dancin’ and singin’ along all weekend and will definitely be attending the festival next year!

Here’s a list of tips & tricks to consider before attending Levitation Fest:

1.Pick a hotel or airbnb near venues.

To avoid having to uber or drive back and fourth during the festival, choosing a hotel or airbnb downtown within walking distance would be the most convenient option. #learnedalesson

2.Find a good parking spot ahead of time.

There’s NO designated parking area for Levitation Fest in downtown Austin. If driving you’ll need to make arrangements to pay for a meter, parking lot, or parking garage ahead of time.

3.Screenshot mobile tickets prior to attending a show.

You might not have service at the venue and this is a solid guarantee you’ll have the tickets upon arrival.

4. Arrive early to shows!

Get there before doors open because you’ll have to wait in line for who knows how long if you decide to arrive on time. You may end up missing one of your favorite bands. It’s better to be early than late!

5.Download the find my iPhone app.

If you’re an iPhone user, make sure to have everyone in your group download the ‘Find my iPhone app’ just in case your phone is lost or stolen. Android users and others I don’t know how to help you. Lol!

6.Eat ahead of time.

Not all venues carry food but food trucks and restaurants are near most venues. I suggest eating before  because there is no gauruntee there’s food available, especially if you’re vegan. 😉

7.Bring a backpack or bag with enough space. 

If you’re thinking about buying merch, make sure to bring a backpack with enough space. The backpack will help avoid having to hold merchandise during the event.

8.Come prepared knowing the bathroom situation.

Be prepared at some shows to use port-o-pottys. There isn’t always a place to wash hands or look in a mirror. Bring wet wipes, hand sanitizer, or whatever your preference is for sanitation!

9.Don’t bring blankets or chairs.

Most of the shows are held in bars, so no blankets or things to sit on is required. However, consider bringing a jacket. Spring season in Austin at night can get pretty cool around the low 60’s.

10.Wear boots or comfortable sneakers.

 Some venues had rocks and dirt rather than regular concrete flooring. Walking around in heels or platforms shoes may not be the most comfortable at certain venues. I reccomend to Yelp or Google the venue before deciding on what type of shoe to wear. (I wore platforms and it was not logical, but I felt cute! I don’t recommend this at all. Lol!)
Hopefully some of these tips help before attending Levitation Festival!
If you  have more tips you want to share, be sure to leave a comment below.
See ya at the next fest!
Raven

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7 Pet Peeves about Music Fans

 

We are moving and groovin towards the right direction now! What better way than to start off by telling you what boils my blood when I talk to people about music? In this video, I give a short list about pet peeves that I’ve experience while talking to others about music! This video is not meant to offend! We all have our opinions and we are more than entitled to have them and express them. After watching the video, let me know some of your pet peeves or if we have any in common!

The Music Tag 2018

 

Hey guys! I’m going to start creating more youtube videos about music, so I thought I’d start off by doing another tag video! I’m super passionate about music and I know others share that same love. Hopefully by watching this video you can get an idea about the type of music I listen to and maybe find a good artist/band you’ve never heard of. Thanks for watching! 🙂

Skin & Earth Comic by Lights

Skin & Earth

What girl do you know that reads comics? If you happen to know one, she’s probably a badass! In this digital era, it’s not so common to read comic books. On top of the unique interest, being a girl who reads comics has always been rare.  Lights, one of my favorite musicians, has inspired many girls over the past decade to take up the interest of comics throughout her career. The singer has always expressed an influence in comics through her album artwork, music videos, and interviews. With Lights debuting her 4th studio album Skin & Earth, she’s blessed us all by creating a comic that correlates with her music. I personally have never known a musician who created a concept album involving a comic book series. Lights is paving a new way of music expression and also inspiring more girls to read comics! This concept album was incredibly different and Lights fans were thrilled for this new medium of her art.

 

Lights Unlocked

The reason I’m sharing this on my blog is because I’ve finally finished the comic book series and it was amazing! This comic book series gave a new perspective to Lights’ personality and creativity. I’ve watched a few interviews of her talk about the album, the comic, and how its fictional. However, I can’t help but think some of the story is true and has been inspired by personal events in her life. For example, the main character is involved with another woman which came out of left field.

 

 After the comic released Lights mentioned in an interview “If I met the right girl, I could easily fall in love”. Not that it’s a huge surprise that she’s openly bisexual, but she’s never personally shared that with fans. With every album she produces, its like we get to unlock little parts of her soul. It’s great to understand and connect with an artist that makes music you can easily associate with. This comic book made me personally feel as if I got to know her on a deeper level.

 

Music & Comics

Before I was able to get my hands on the comics, I listened to the music. The song “Giants” was released and I was skeptical about the new album. It was hard to associate with the song because I didn’t grasp an understanding behind the lyrics. The next song she released was “Skydiving” and my hope was quickly restored at least in the musical aspect of the album. Lights also gave hints to what the comics were about in music videos but I still had no idea of the meaning behind the songs. After reading the comic book series, everything made sense! My recommendation is to listen to the album and then read the comics. The story of the comic series is truly inspiring and has an amazing lesson overall.

I won’t spoil the story for you,

but I will mention some vague commentary

 to look out for while reading!

Issue 1 – Priest looks very similar to someone close to Lights.. HMM..

Issue 2– My heart breaks at the end of this issue. 🙁

Issue 3– I was screaming all through out this issue. It’s my favorite of the series! I was shook!

Issue 4– Pay attention to the illustration & detail here!!!

Issue 5– My thoughts.. “What the fuck is about to happen???” I NEED ISSUE 6 RIGHT NOW!!!

Issue 6– Lengthiest of all issues, lots of dialogue, amazing illustrations.. everything makes sense. Closure.

 

Giants – Official Music Video

 

5 Underground Musicians

Underground Music – January 2018

Alice Glass

If you don’t know who this musician is already, I bet you’ve heard of her former project Crystal Castles! Glass departed from Crystal Castles in October 2014 and began working on a solo career. She mentioned her reason for leaving the group being “working in the band compromised her efforts towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others”. Whatever the fuck that means.. we thoughtAfter leaving, she continued to have open door disagreements with former boyfriend and band mate Ethan Kath creating speculation of why the band broke up.

With recent media influx of sexual harassment, Alice Glass made a new public statement in October 2017 concerning former band made Ethan Kath. To summarize the statement, Alice Glass declared that she was raped and abused in numerous ways from the age of 15 by Ethan Kath.  Since 2014, Alice has been working on her mental and physical recovery. Her new self titled album is one you need to listen to! It highlights Glass’ lyrical genius and has allowed her to experiment with a new sound! We are all proud of Alice for leaving a toxic situation and continuing her craft.

Rico Nasty

Ahh yes, another interesting good ole’ Twitter find. Rico Nasty has been putting in the work since early 2016 and her music is finally being heard! Originally from New York, Rico drew me in with her personal style and upon hearing her music I quickly understood, she was eccentric. Rico Nasty’s latest album Sugar Trap features her most popular songs “Key Lime OG” and “Poppin'” and after playing it on repeat, I was convinced she was a modern woman version of DMX. However, she doesn’t only scream and rap in her latest album, Rico also has a variety softer sounding songs.  She radiates confidence throughout her lyrics and creates music that most people can have fun to. Definitely check Rico’s music out if you’re looking for a  new banger.

Kailee Morgue

One of my favorite things about music is being able to discover a musician whose voice or talent is unheard of and Kailee Morgue is that unique underground artist. I’m telling you right the fuck now, you need to listen to this angel! Coming across Morgue singing a cover song on Twitter in late 2016 was what I’d like to call a rare find. She began her music career by posting videos online of her singing cover songs and playing the guitar in her bedroom. Those videos were quickly retweeted and shared by thousands of people on the internet on various social media websites. Kailee Morgue went viral in a fast amount of time.

From my memory and just stalking her online presence for the past two years, Morgue then began working underground with a friend who produced her beats. They managed to put out a few songs that also went viral via Soundcloud. From the moment I heard Kailee Morgue sing, I knew she was going to get signed. Morgue signed to Republic Records in 2017 and her debut EP titled “Medusa” is reported to release on January 19, 2018. Keep an eye out for this musician, her voice and lyrics will captivate not only your ears but your soul.

Jack Jarlow

It’s been a long time since a modern rapper has made me want to listen to what they were actually saying. Jack Jarlow is an up and coming 19-year-old rapper from Kentucky and when I first heard him spit bars, I was shocked! He may not be rapping about the most serious subjects, but his talents have definitely shined through. I’m looking forward to see what else he puts out in 2018…

Kitty aka Kitty Pryde

Kitty has been underground since 2011 but definitely not unheard of! Formerly known as Kitty Pryde, she took a rise to fame with viral songs such as “Okay Cupid” and “Florida” in early 2012. She was an influencer of a new genre of modern underground rap.  During that time, she collaborated with rapper Riff Raff on a song titled “Orion’s Belt” that quickly grew popular amongst Youtube & Soundcloud users. Since then, we’ve all been wondering.. where did she go?

Kitty remained working quietly on a new album and raised money through a crowdfunding. Kitty had previously been offered deals with record labels but refused to give in to becoming a fake persona to sell records. By using KickStarter she was able to raise $39,000 for a solo project! Her latest album Miami Garden Club was released in August 2017. The new album showcases a growth in Kitty’s musical talents because she had complete control over the entire thing. Miami Garden Club sounds much more mature and experimental than previous projects she’s worked on. Congrats on putting out an album Kitty!

 

 

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Castles_(band)

http://www.alice-glass.com/cc/

http://www.republicrecords.com/artists/kailee-morgue