The team behind Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest is launching a new winter art and music festival next month unlike any other in the world.

Headlined by bands including New Order, Kendrick Lamar and Dillon Francis, the inaugural Day for Night fest will feature two days of music, art and food set on six acres surrounding First Ward’s Silver Street Studios.

More than 40 bands and musicians will combine with several dozen digital artists employing mediums such as light, projection, LED and sound. Organizers say this is the first time this many “computational artists” will be brought together in one place.

Immersive lighting, projection, and video art will be displayed in two controlled environments with stages serving as indoor performance halls featuring live musical performances. A third outdoor stage will showcase continuous artistic content including music, original video installations, projections, and lighting. Check out examples of work from artist Refik Anadol and artist Miguel Chevalier.

Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, Day for Night is set for Dec. 19 and 20. General admission is $185 for two days and $97 for one day; VIP tickets that include front stage pit access, private bar and more go for $750.

“We always knew we wanted to produce a large scale winter event but we don’t want to put on just another festival. This one has to be different,” says festival producer Omar Afra. “What we aim for here is the wonder, the jaw-dropping allure, the accoutrements that make a festival fun: socially relevant risk-taking art, and the surprises that catch participants off guard to let the magic in.”

What’s more, while Summer Fest competes with a slew of other festivals for top talent during the peak of the festival season, Day for Night will be able to draw big names at a time of year when bands are actually looking for gigs. The Houston festival will also be able to target music and art fans from elsewhere around the country looking for a respite from colder climes.

Musical Artists
Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Philip Glass Ensemble, Dillon Francis, Janelle Monáe, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Madeon, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic TV, CocoRosie, Elliphant, Battles, Dan Deacon, Com Truise, Cazwell, Amanda Lepore, Holly Herndon, Julien Bayle, Indian Jewelry, U.S. Girls, Jonté Moaning, Prince Rama, DERU, Matt Thibideau, Roman Gianarthur, Richard Ramirez, Christine Renee, Future Blondes, BOAN, Millennial Grave, Wrestlers, Children of Pop, B L A C K I E, Hearts of Animals, Josiah Gabriel, FLCON FCKER, The Vanity, Light Wheel, Jerk, Bart Black, Prismo, and DJ Fredster.

Visual Artists
Casey Reas, Zach Lieberman, School for Poetic Computation, Refik Anadol, Markus Heckmann, Mark Eats, Kamil Nawratil, Nanotak, Gabriel Pulecio, Vincent Houze + AV&C, Masomenos, David Cihelna & Gene Han, Mathew Dryhurst, Alex Czetwertynski, Work-Order, Night Moves, and Neil Ebbflo.

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