Psych Fest 2017: Our Headliner Suggestions

The announcement for this year’s Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia is incoming, so we decided to chart a few names that could possible headline this year’s event.

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are possibly the finest psych band on the planet, after popping out mind-bending album after album, the Aussie seven piece could headline this year’s Psych Fest following several acclaimed Manchester shows and an upcoming Albert Hall show.

2. The Jesus and Mary Chain

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The Jesus and Mary Chain are one of the most legendary British bands around, the noisy alternative rockers have officially returned with their first album in remarkably 18 years and could definitely hold their own on stage at Camp and Furnace, much like they did at Cosmosis in Manchester last year.

While the band’s Mountford Hall gig a few years ago didn’t bring the audience they wanted, the new album hype and Psych Fest usuals could lead to a triumphant headline set by the Scots.

3. MGMT

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Okay, this is an odd one at first however think carefully, the bookers behind Psych Fest may wish to continue the theme of last year with a more younger act taking stage on one night, and an older on the second (the above, possible).

MGMT have finally returned from their hiatus, announcing gigs and festivals all over the world apart from the United Kingdom. With their high energy sets and Psych-pop style, it would be a fun change to see MGMT take to the main stage and headline.

4. Goat

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The Swedish experimental fusion act have grown into an unmissable band over the last few years, with their stunning releases and breathtaking live shows, the band could finally seal their name in the world of psychedelic music by headlining Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.

5. My Bloody Valentine

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The “loudest band in the world”, My Bloody Valentine could very well take that headline position, after reuniting a few years back the band have pushed with their legendary shoegaze sound and could easily make a trip to Camp and Furnace worthwhile.

6. Ty Segall

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The ultra-prolific Ty Segall has been on a non-stop psych life-trip and has already taken to the headline stage of Psych Fest with his band FUZZ, however it could be time for Ty to make his own way to Liverpool in September.

With a name like Segall on the top of the bill, maybe the #PZYK purists will be happy once again. Segall could preform with numerous variations of his band, maybe backed by The Muggers (from his Emotional Mugger album) or even his most recent The Freedom Band? Who knows.

7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre are the leaders of the new psych free world, the amount of work pouring out of frontman Anton Newcombe is almost unbelievable, giving the band sold out the O2 Academy back in early 2016, the band could very well make their finally into the Camp & Furnace set-up and headline Psych Fest.

Especially with Newcombe‘s past with Psych Fest, performing himself in 2015.

8. Foster The People

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Here’s another odd choice, Foster The People have been a modern indie pop staple since their debut Torches in 2011 and the rise of their single “Pumped Up Kicks”, however while none of that material could likely please Psych Fest attendees, the band’s most recent release Supermodel was full of indie psych-pop glory.

Held together with their psychedelic heavy tracks “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying Earth”, “Pseudologia Fantastica” and even “Coming Of Age”, the band could certainly bring the paying audience and we’d think possibly earn some respect from psych purists.

9. Temples

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Fresh off the launch of their ’90s psych tinged album, Temples will be used to live sets again by time Psych Fest comes around. The act could certainly take up the slot as a fresher-faced name in psych.

10. The Zombies
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The Zombies are one of the greatest yet underrated bands that came from the sixties, especially when pushing the buttons with the psych. With their tour set out to play the legendary Odessey and Oracle album in full ending within a few days, maybe Psych Fest could get the final performance?

BONUS: Roky Erickson (13th Floor Elevators)

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Roky Erickson is one of rock’s greatest men and myths, the frontman of psychedelic pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, Roky has had a tough life but has always pushed his mind’s eye through and created some of the best material.

Last year, Erickson preformed a one-off show in Wales during a festival, meaning he’s free and willing to preform in the UK. However, struggle would to see Erickson headline himself while there’s a strong possibility that many of the causal audience may not know him or his work.

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