This September, it returns, the Liverpool Psych Fest will return for fourth year to bring the psychedelic renaissance to more eyes and they already have an insane line-up!
I’m one of those whose music taste is a tad of absolutely everything, from punk to hip hop to jazz to blues and everything in-between but from an early age, I connected with a certain genre of music that was built around an experimental lifestyle, it’s titled psychedelia.
It was first the likes of The 13th Floor Elevators, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, The Jimi Hendrix Experience etc. then it went to acts like Hawkwind, a tad of King Crimson then to acts like Kraftwerk, Sly & The Family Stone etc. and now today, we’re in some sort of (as mentioned) psychedelic renaissance lead by bands like Tame Impala, Pond, Temples, Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips and of course, Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 headliners Super Furry Animals.
In recent times, Liverpool has raised some excellent neo-psychedelic and some of the latest psychedelic bands like The Vryll Society, Strange Collective and others, so far to even have The Guardian in 2013 name Liverpool the Psychedelic Capital of Europe, and this is (in most part) all because of Liverpool Psych Fest.
This year’s line up already has acclaim, headlined by Super Furry Animals and The Horrors, along with Demdike Stare, The Stairs, Dungen, Cavern of Anti-Matter and Silver Apples joining them. Super Furry Animals haven’t released materiel since 2009’s Dark Days/Light Year’s in-which they went on a five year hiatus, now they’re back and are all over the place, SFA have already been announced for several festivals throughout the globe in 2016, but they’re only making one headline stop in Liverpool this year and you bet your ass it’s to headline Liverpool Psych Fest.
This year Tokyo based label Guruguru Brain will be presenting a very special (and fucking awesome sounding) Narrow Road to the Deep Mind showcase featuring the incredible, improvising music collective Kikagaku Moyo, Minami Deutsch and a few others, which is bound to be crazy good.
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia will take place 23rd & 24th of September at Camp & Furnace, the Blade Factory and District, and weekend tickets (and even accommodation tickets) can be purchased right here!
Oh and I forgot, this isn’t the full and final line-up, PZYK have suggested there will be updates as we get closer to the festival.
By Jack Cinnamond.