written by Kelsey James
This upcoming April 6-9 is 6th year going Euphoria Music Festival returning to the beautiful Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas. This location is ideal because it is right on the outskirts of Austin, complete with a view of the Austin skyline and planes flying overhead. The art and lineup for Euphoria are the cherry on top and are some of the many reasons why fans keep returning to this unique fest. The lineup for Euphoria has been out for quite a while now and the anticipation is at an all-time high. This year, curators have announced several different improvements after complaints from attendees last year. With these improvements, we are expecting a better overall experience for all in attendance.
From the outside of the venue area looking in, the grounds do not look like much. Once you actually cross underneath the threshold of the main gate, you will instantly feel the potential for magic. Last year, car camping was not an option and the walk from car to the campgrounds was a trek, to say the least. This year, car camping is still not an option; however, the walk from car to campgrounds include no hill and a much shorter walk. Other improvements include larger camping spaces and more shade structures.
Camping at Euphoria is recommended for a more authentic experience. Not all attending will be camping, which makes camping limited. For those that are against being one with nature, hotels are within driving distance and ubering to the fest is always an option. Last year, the camping experience proved to be worth it and included a handful of amenities such as a cooking area, early entrance to the festival on Wednesday night, a silent disco stage reserved only for campers, a movie theatre screen, and a special performances on Thursday night for all those camping.
The fest also offers VIP and RV/Glamping areas for an additional charge. VIP includes free showers, air-conditioned bathrooms, access to the VIP tent inside the venue, access to special viewing areas, and much more. Glamping has a selection of options; including camping in trees or pre-set up tents complete with the works. You are undoubtedly getting what you pay for. If you want to feel like true royalty, consider one of these options.
What is so special about this festival is that while it primarily consists of electronic music and different sub-genres within, there are also a few assorted gems in the mix. The lineup ranges from local DJ’s and performers to big headlining DJ’s, jam bands, and rappers such as Zeds Deads, Papadosio, Alesso, Oliver Heldens, Post Malone, Minnesota, Mija, The Widdler and more.
Daily schedules have been released already and can be viewed in full here. Thursday includes pre-party sets by Manic Focus, Autobody, and Additional Frequency. Highlights from Friday’s lineup includes the much awaited Pretty Lights Live Band, Spag Heddy, Chet Porter, and more. Saturday’s lineup has a bit more diversity, with performances by popular rapper Young Thug, ever-so-funky The Floozies, Alan Walker, and many others. Ending the weekend is Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo, The Funk Hunters, plus some newer, smaller names in electronic music.
Attendees typically embody the diverse lineup and range from kandi-wearing ravers to bassheads to chill hippies. Last year, I met people from all over the United States who were all there for one thing: the music. It is amazing how music can bring people from different lifestyles and cultures, and yet still contain good vibes. Whether we unite via trains, planes, or automobiles, it is clear that Euphoria continues to bring us all in a loving, positive environment. This year will be special, you will not want to miss this one!