Remember last Labor Day weekend when things got awesomely weird? I mean especially weird, even in Austin standards. It was only last September when Nocturnal Festival erupted in central Texas, leaving a trail of neon glowsticks in its wake. Nocturnal Fest is brought to us by Insomniac productions, the same guys who put on some of the country’s best music festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival and the festival formerly known as Rothbury, as well as the Insomniac Sessions that just went down during South By Southwest. Starting in southern California in 1995, they finally brought Nocturnal Fest to Texas this past Labor Day weekend and it was such a success, they had to do it again eight months later, April 29 and 30. I was one of the unfortunate few who missed out on the festivites last Summer and I for one am giddy with excitement for what the weekend has in store. Allow me to fill you in on what I’ve heard: there will be bright lights, lots and lots of colorful lights. There will be four lavishly designed and individually themed stages equipt with smoke, lasers and trapese artists. There will be plenty of freaks and weirdos, families, neon people and bass. Lots and lots of bass.
The line-up isn’t too shabby either; some of the world’s biggest electronic and house djs and musicians will be taking the stage next month along with various other genres of music. Among the 30 plus performers are: Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Conspirator, Funkagenda, Galactic, Ghostland Observatory, Infected Mushroom, Kaskade, Paul Okenfold, Pendulum, STS9 and Zeds Dead. And those are only the acts I’ve heard of! Friday and Saturday nights, the party starts at 4PM and goes through the night until about 4AM.
This year’s Nocturnal Fest will be the biggest yet, held again at Apache Pass in Rockdale, Texas, about 45 miles north of Austin. It guarantees a buttload of fun (my words, but surely they’d agree), so make sure to get in on it; tickets are being sold now.
And as a token of my appreciation for making it the the end of this blog entry, I’ll have you know we’re giving away FIVE pairs of free tickets to the festival! Click “I like it” on the event page to enter for your chance to win.