For the last couple of years, we’ve seen music festivals drop like flies, mostly because no two were discernible from one another. The typical festivals look about the same no matter what city you’re attending them in, emblazoned with corporate logos from companies trying to capture the youth market. If you tell people you’re attending a festival in Marfa, they usually have no idea where you’re talking about, even if you add that it’s in West Texas. Marfa, is essentially nowhere and still somehow it’s leaked into our ethos within the art community. Marfa Myths is the festival that celebrates that ethos.
Curated between New York label Mexican Summer and Ballroom Marfa, the festival is a music and art festival for those who like music and art. In its sixth year, the festival highlights artists who have had a solid career alongside those who are getting ready to have one. Last year they hosted Wire, Kelsey Lu, Bradford Cox and Cate Le Bon, Tom Ze and art alongside film. This year the lineup is just as extraordinary with sets from Khruangbin, Deerhunter, Cass McCombs, OG Ron & the Chopstars, Annette Peacock and many many more. The beauty of the more is that it’s typically sets that may never occur again, just existing out in the Texas desert.
The art side is just as impressive. This year there is a woodworker in residence with Welsh producer, singer and artists Cate Le Bon. She is set to build a chair inspired by her upcoming album meaning that it will more than likely be one impressive chair. There’s also a visual artist in residence with the multi-layered works of Natalie Anne Howard. Her work in layered paintings alone will be worth the trip to experience in person. The painter in residence this year is Connan Mockasin.
All weekend long there will be art exhibitions, yoga, a zine launch and more music from emerging artists than you can imagine. The magic of the desert and the edge of the Texas border awaits you. The night sky filled with darkness, the famed Marfa Lights and the sheer community of artists coming together for something greater is all within reach at Marfa Myths.
The Marfa Myths Festival runs from April 25 to April 28 in Marfa, Texas. Tickets run between $15 and $220 and can be accessed here. Festival merchandise created by the artists themselves can be purchased here.
Image Credits: Photo by Mary Kang.