Manchester Psych Fest is nearly upon us, the yearly mind-bending all-dayer of psychedelic necessities and must-sees and this year is no different.
Headlined by Teleman, Ryley Walker, Bo Ningen, Flamingods and The Telescopes, the all-dayer across three venues in Manchester is a not-miss event.
Also bringing in MENACE BEACH, Evil Blizzard, Sulk, Desert Mountain Tribe, TVAM, Warm Digits, Pink Kink and more. Here’s our top five acts you shouldn’t miss at Manchester Psych Fest this weekend.
The tropical Four-piece bring a worldly experimental vibe to the table with their blissful sounds that simply make their trippy live show unmissable.
4. Pink Kink
The Liverpool-based oddities Pink Kink offer hooky ever-changing sounds that get stuck in your head for days. With their melodies and dark humorous themes, Pink Kink craft such elegent noise.
3. Warm Digits
The pummelling duo are currently a powerhouse with their latest release being beloved by critics and media such as BBC Radio 6 and have shown their outlandish prowess with live shows being talked about fondly. The band is pretty much a warmer Hot Chip with a heavy destructive/constructive obsession.
2. Bo Ningen
Japan has a wonderful Psych scene, but one of their best exports are primarily based in the UK and that’s an act called Bo Ningen.
After showing their live ability with shows across the UK backed with their flares and seemless intense psych-rock that creates a new world with every note change.
Let’s be factual about this, last time we caught Bo Ningen at WRONG Festival in Liverpool they ended their set with an expansive 27-minute improvised song that simply blended with their keen interest in the perfect live performance. They cannot be missed.
1. The Telescopes
Beloved British psych greats The Telescopes will bring a compelling performance to Band on The Wall during their quite-rare series of shows at the end of the year.
The band constantly prove why they are the quintessential experimental band in the expansive British psych history.
You can’t miss these legends as they continue to dive deeper into their self-crafted sonic rabbit hole and explain that to you live.
The stage times have now been made available showing each act across the three stages at the Soup Kitchen, Night & Day and of course the headline stage at Band on The Wall.
Photography Credits: Jess Sharpe (Pink Kink), Tyler Loring (The Telescopes), Mark Holmes (Bo Ningen) and other press/social shots.