Day for Night was last weekend and I was lucky enough to get a hold of some tickets at a serious discount this year. Now, Houston has its fair share of music festivals, and as Houstonians we are also lucky to have somewhat easy access to big music festivals/events across the state (thanks Austin), but Day for Night is pretty unique. I mean, it’s held in the huge old downtown post office, so think warehouse feel. I was completely unprepared for what I walked into but really enjoyed the experience, so I thought I would share a few tips and add this post to my Houston page as a part of a series of things to do around H-Town.
First, Day for Night is pretty new but making waves in the kinds of music line-up they put together each year. It’s only been around for 3 years but has managed to get some huge acts like Aphex Twin and Thom Yorke that haven’t always been easy to pick up. The artists tend to be along the whole music spectrum so there is a little something for everyone. I managed to catch the Sunday line-up and was excited to see Phantogram, Justice and St. Vincent but was open to catching different sets. In fact, I happened to be around the red stage deliberating on which extremely unhealthy but delicious food to eat when I caught a part of Solange’s set. I was surprised at how much I liked her performance and will probably look for her music in the future. So, it’s a nice way to get exposed to new music if you aren’t one to really look for that kind of thing.
While the festival is big on music, it is just as focused on its light art installations. These installations are amazing and an Instagram lover’s dream, so come prepared to be dazzled. My favorite by far, was the piece with disco balls by Kyle McDonald. There was so much to see, I’m not sure we saw it all. I was impressed by the number of artists they tapped for this event and the exposure we got to international artists. It was incredible to walk around these installations and interact with them surrounded by lots of other people just as fascinated.
Bonus! There was a fair amount of good local food trucks set up and plenty of bar tents at the festival so come hungry. We even found a tent that was giving all of their tips to a no-kill animal shelter (guess where we bought drinks?). It was nice to see that the festival supported local businesses and organizations. If you get the chance, you should go next year. We had a great time and enjoyed our Day for Night experience, not to mention all the people watching (trust me, it’s great).
· Come prepared for weather issues as a couple of the stages are outside.
· Utilize the app, it helps.
· Give yourself enough time to explore the installations. Its slow moving at some places and you don’t want to miss any of them!
·And have FUN!