This morning Day For Night took another long stride towards establishing itself as Houston’s signature cutting-edge creative festival, revealing a music lineup topped by Nine Inch Nails, a solo performance by Radiohead front man Thom Yorke, Dallas-raised art-pop provocateur St. Vincent, and Houston’s own Solange Knowles. Sold as a separate ticket (save the VIP package), the opening day of the three-day event will be reserved for the “Day For Night Summit,” a discussion of the relationships between art, technology and activism featuring Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army Private First Class turned LGBTQ-rights advocate who was recently denied a Harvard teaching position; UCLA professor Lauren McCarthy, designer of “rent-a-stalker” app Follower; pioneering multimedia artist Laurie Anderson; and Nadya Tolokonnikova, lead singer for controversial Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
Friday evening will conclude with "Soul Cleansing," described as a "musical meditation" featuring the Solange-fronted Saint Heron ensemble; as well as sets from Odd Future MC Earl Sweatshirt and Haitian-born DJ/producer Kaytranada. The third-year festival is scheduled for December 15-17 at the former Barbara Jordan post-office branch, now an events space known as Post HTX.
Other musical performers scheduled to appear include Earl Sweatshirt's fellow Odd Future MC, the volatile Tyler, the Creator; French electronica duo Justice; electro-R&B auteur James Blake; celebrated remixer and producer Jaime xx; atmospheric indie duo Phantogram; EDM acts Pretty Lights and Cashmere Cat; dirty-pop singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira; Baton Rouge rapper Lil B; ‘90s scuzz-rockers the Jesus Lizard; and “Free Your Mind” throwback R&B divas En Vogue.
As curated by New York-based digital artist Alex Czetwertynski, Day For Night’s lineup of digital and multimedia artists features site-specific works by Ryoji Ikeda, known for his “stage shows”at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Matthew Schreiber, former assistant of Houston-based light sculptor James Turrell; and Paris-based amorphic sculptor Theodore Fivel. Other artists include Conditional Studio + Processing Foundation, James Clar, Felicie D'Estienne D'Orves, Kyle McDonald, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Radio Soulwax, VT Pro, The Mill, Hovver, and Playmodes.
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Tickets are now on sale at dayfornight.io. Current prices (minus fees) are $215, 2-day General Admission plus a nifty 3-D magnet; $205, 2-day General Admission (no magnet); $305, General Admission plus Friday Summit (and magnet); $295, General Admission plus Friday Summit (no magnet); $760, 3-day VIP (plus magnet); and $750, 3-day VIP (no magnet).
The remaining musical performers are listed below.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (called it)
Of Montreal (performing Hissing Fauna You Are The Destroyer)
Venetian Snares X Daniel Lanois
The Album Leaf
Rabit x House of Kenzo
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Note: this article has been changed after publication to correct the military rank of Chelsea Manning.