Seeking Euphoria at Austin’s New Spring EDM Festival

Article by: Mary Cormaci

Fri April 03, 2015 | 00:00 AM

The state of Texas is a hotbed for live music; Austin, in particular, hosts a multitude of diverse festivals year-round. After SXSW kicks off the Texas festival season, but before Psychfest, Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest take over the city, dance music lovers in this oasis can find their own Euphoria. Held at Carson Creek Ranch, one of the oldest existing ranches in Texas, Euphoria Music and Camping Festival is about to make Austin's festival a ton more vibrant.


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The April 10-12 gathering will host groovy live acts Big Gigantic, STS9 and Pretty Lights while DJ headliners Adventure Club, RL Grime and Paper Diamond will electrify the landscape with bass. Dubstep, too, has a place at Euphoria with Savoy, Break Science and Skrux, while house and trance will prevail under Thomas Jack and Lane 8. The weekend will deliver an eclectic mix of genres for every EDM lover, and will bring out some of the city’s favorite local indie, electronic and funk acts as well.

In addition its 5 stages of music, the festival will host workshops throughout the weekend on yoga and meditation, healthy eating, glass blowing, and even introductory DJing (!!). Interactive art installations will adorn the landscape, and artists will lead seminars and craft sessions all weekend long. Conscious Alliance, an organization of artists working to merge art with community service, will host a food drive to take place in the “Art That Feeds” gallery during the festival. Festival-goers can pick up a free, artist-designed Euphoria 2015 poster in exchange for 20 non-perishable food items, to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank of Austin.


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In addition to tons of interactive art, the festival is centralized around a connection with nature, offering a scenic venue of the ranchlands and a 3-night stay at the Euphoria campsite. The festival recommends campers bring tents, hammocks and earplugs; necessities like air mattresses and chairs are available for rent via the super-handy festival General Store. If you get the late-night munchies, you're in luck – campers will have access to late-night food vendors near the campgrounds, and will even be able to pre-order baskets of farm-fresh produce from Johnson’s Backyard Garden to be delivered to the campsite on Saturday morning, if you're trying to go the healthy route. Toiletries and other necessities will be available at the General Store for purchase, and Euphoria has even pledged to donate any items left over to nonprofits in the area.

Austin is a diverse and exciting city, which explains festival organizers’ efforts to give back to the community. The festival grounds are located a short distance away from Austin’s airport and the city’s sprawling downtown area, making more exploration (and a break from the fest, if needed) an easy feat. Zilker Metropolitan Park encompasses over 300 acres of scenic public fields and ponds, including the Zilker Botanical Gardens and its huge natural swimming hole, the famous Barton Springs Pool.


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Hamilton Pool, just outside of Austin, is another spectacular natural swimming hole, enclosed by cave walls and fed by a 50-foot waterfall. Hamilton Pool Reserve is a great place to hike, picnic, and soak up sun.

For an artsy, bizarre adventure, plan to visit Austin’s Cathedral of Junk before you high-tail it out of town. This 3-story outdoor structure is made up of over 60 tons of car parts, signs, and furniture. The climbable cathedral is located at artist Vince Hannemann’s home and receives thousands of visitors each year.

The immersive 3-day festival will take place on the banks of the Colorado River, and is expected to host over 10,000 EDM lovers – so get ready for a weekend of dancing. It boasts a stacked and diverse EDM lineup for a reasonable price, sure to please anyone with a taste for bass.