“Day for Night” festival lineup includes Aphex Twin, Björk, ODESZA, Butthole Surfers, Slim Thug, Paul Wall and more

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HOUSTON – The lineup for Day for Night, an experiential arts festival featuring digital installations and world-renowned performers, has been released. The entertainers include Aphex Twin, ODESZA, Travis Scott and Björk, in addition to a “Welcome To Houston” lineup featuring more than a dozen of the city’s most influential hip hop artists, including Slim Thug, Bun B, Lil’ Flip and Paul Wall.

Produced by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, Day for Night redefines the festival experience and inspires attendees to re-examine the way they interact with and understand both art and music. The event, which has been deemed “the festival of the future,” will be held on Dec.17 and 18 in downtown Houston.

Utilizing more than 1.5 million square feet of hybrid indoor-outdoor space at the former Barbara Jordan Post Office at 401 Franklin Street, the massive complex will house three stages for the performers. With large-scale projections and site-specific custom-built structures, the festival will merge art and sound to create an enriching landscape.


The lineup showcases leading musical acts, including Aphex Twin, ODESZA, Travis Scott, Kaskade, Björk (unique digital sets), Run The Jewels, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Banks, Butthole Surfers, Blood Orange, Little Dragon, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Squarepusher, Blonde Redhead, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, RZA feat. Stone Mecca Rider, John Carpenter, Washed Out, Ariel Pink, Lightning Bolt, Arca, DJ Windows 98, Oneohtrix Point Never, Liars, Lower Dens, S U R V I V E, Matmos, Clams Casino, Mykki Blanco, Marcel Khalife, Chelsea Wolfe, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Welcome to Houston, SG Lewis, SOPHIE, Tobacco, Nothing, Soulection, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, Fat Tony, Jock Club, Wild Moccasins, Buoyant Spirit, Vacation Eyes, Limb, Hevin, -Us., Jerk, MNYNMS, Maramuresh, Pfaff, Splendid Emblem, Kult Dizney, DIVISION, Night Drive, Josh Dupont, From Beyond and Futurelix.

Day for Night will mark the first US performance by groundbreaking electronic artist Aphex Twin since playing Coachella 8 years ago, as well as his first appearance in Texas in more than 21 years. ODESZA will perform on the heels of their recently sold out performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, maxing out the venue’s 10,000 seat capacity during their latest tour in June. Hip hop sensation Travis Scott is performing hot on the heels of his latest album, Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Butthole Surfers’ reunion performance at Day for Night will be the famed group’s first in more than five years, uniquely merging their brand of experimental rock with custom, cutting-edge visuals.

In addition to groundbreaking headliners, the festival features a number of artists in the zeitgeist, with performances by legendary director John Carpenter, innovative composer Marcel Khalife and jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, as well as S U R V I V E, whose members are widely regarded for their soundtrack to the popular Netflix series Stranger Things.

This year’s music lineup was curated by founder Omar Afra and music veteran Chris Wise with the objective of creating a festival that features acts you aren’t likely to find anywhere else.

“We’re trying to create a once-in-a-lifetime event by showcasing artists that audiences may never have the opportunity to see again,” Afra says. “Day for Night is simultaneously a current snapshot 
of popular music, as well as a platform for trailblazers who continue to cross over from fringe to influential. The focus across multiple genres is on acts that specialize in an inventive and highly visual approach to performing.”


Visual artists working in digital mediums include United Visual Artists (UVA), Björk Digital, Golan Levin, NONOTAK, Shoplifter, Tundra, Robert Seidel, Damien Echols, AV&C + Houzé, Michael Fullman of VT Pro Design, Ezra Miller, Jesse Kanda, Alex Czetwertynski and Herman Kolgen.

Acclaimed multi-disciplinary Icelandic artist Björk will perform unique live digital sets at Day for Night, and the festival will also serve as a venue for her interactive art experience, Björk Digital, an exhib¬ition of digital and video works resulting from her collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world.

Known for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology, Björk’s exhibition at Day for Night invites visitors to engage with her work through the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology. Björk believes that by offering a private theatrical experience, VR provides a unique way to connect with her audiences.
The exhibition includes Black Lake, Björk’s groundbreaking immersive film commissioned by the New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the work was directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang, whom she also collaborated with for Stonemilker VR, a project that transports the viewer to a private performance of the first track from Björk’s critically acclaimed Vulnicura album. Shot on location on a remote, windswept beach in Iceland and viewable in full 360-degree VR, viewers are able to experience a one-on-one recital.

In Mouthmantra VR, Björk worked with director Jesse Kanda to capture intense footage from inside her mouth whilst she sings the title track, her teeth and tongue twisting and seemingly taking on a life of their own. Meanwhile, Notget VR, directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, presents Björk as a digital moth giantess transformed by stunning masks created by artist James Merry.

Curator Alex Czetwertynski explains: “Day for Night will expand the large-scale site-specific installations across an even bigger campus for 2016. Engaging an international pool of talent, including United Visual Artists, Golan Levin and Robert Seidel, we will premiere new work commissioned for Day for Night to Houston audiences. This year, back by popular demand, are Nonotak and Vincent Houzé + AV&C, whose 2015 installations put their names on the tip of Houstonian’s tongues ━ and all over their social media feeds.”

Day for Night will also introduce new works by Shoplifter, Ezra Miller, Michael Fullman and Damien Echols, among others, who each explore radically different materials, technologies and subjects. The festival campus, interspersed with indoor and outdoor installations, will showcase works that explore the deep connections between light, technology, sound and space. The massive space allows audiences to explore and discover works that push the boundaries of immersive digital art.


Day for Night is currently developing a high school ambassador program that encourages attendees under the age of 18 to enjoy the festival safely and soberly. We will choose two ambassadors from several large high schools throughout the Greater Houston area who will earn a free pass to the festival by committing to enjoying the festival soberly, spreading word that the medics on-site are there to help any ill attendees ━ not to arrest them ━ and let their friends know how to find safe transportation. The safety of our attendees is paramount to everything that we do and we aim for Day for Night to be so awe-inspiring and stimulating that young people can enjoy the event without the use of alcohol or drugs.


Passes to the two-day art and music festival will be available at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 6 at http://www.dayfornight.io. Three ticket levels will be made available. General Admission tickets give two-day access to the art installations as well as all musical performances on three stages. General Admission will start at $150. General Admission + Friday Night Party tickets give access to the festival as well as to a Friday night event hosted by Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike with a live DJ set by Björk, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler from Arcade Fire), Kam Franklin and Lightwheel, as well as speaking panels, artist meet and greets and complimentary beverages and light bites. General Admission + Friday Night Party tickets will start at $250. VIP tickets include two-day access to the festival and the Friday Night Party, as well as rapid entry to the festival, exclusive front of stage viewing areas, access to the VIP lounge, complimentary light bites and beverages throughout the festival, complimentary cocktail happy hour and a swag bag with a Day for Night shirt, a limited edition screen printed poster and assorted goodies. VIP tickets start at $700.