Psych Fest

Your Guide to this weekends Liverpool Psych Fest

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One of the kaleidoscopic jewels in Liverpool’s festival calendar takes place this weekend (25th-26th September), Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia returns to Camp and Furnace. Artists and music lovers from all over the world will descend on the Baltic Triangle venue for what is bound to be a head-expanding couple of days of music, art and film.

Legends of the psych scene Spiritualized headline the festival when they bring their expansive shoe-gaze indie to Furnace stage on Saturday night while Factory Floor bring the party to a head in the same venue on Friday. As well as these giants of the all-encompassing genre there are bands from Chile, France, the US, Sweden and even further afield celebrating what has become a must-go date on music-lovers’ calendars.

The festival started three years ago in an all-together more concise form and has grown exponentially since. Psychedelia, Psych or Pzyk attracts some of the most forward thinking artists not just in music but also the visual arts. This year Brian Jonestown Massacre leader Anton Newcombe is Psych Fest’s artist in residence, taking part in various happenings and art installations.

The festival obvious aims to please all the senses and not just the ears with the an immersive ‘Pzyk Prism’ providing this years major installation while there is also sumptuous food options, the Bold Street Bedouin Boudoir with shisha pipes and lots of great posters which visitors can screen print themselves to various mesmerising psych patterns.

At the end of a summer (are we still in summer?!) which has brought some fantastic festivals to the city – Sound City, Africa Oye and LIMF to name only three – Psych Fest inhabits its own world and complements the broad tastes of Liverpool’s musical fraternity but also bring psych aficionados from all corners of the planet.

If you’re going along to Psych Fest this year, here are The Guide Liverpool’s pick of five must-see acts:

Spiritualized

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Fairly obvious choice but it would not be a must-see list without them. Jason Pierce’s gang of space cadets are sure to put on a great show whether it comprises of material from the classic album ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Now Floating In Space’, newer tunes or stuff from their earlier band Spacemen 3.

 

Strange Collective

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Liverpool’s representation at this years festival have become true local favourites as they have supported some of the best bands who have passed through the city including none other than Sean Lennon’s band GOSTT last year.

 

Jacco Gardner

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Dutchman Jacco deals in sumptuous baroque pop which is a little different to anything else that is on across the weekend. Very 60s-influenced and very catchy.

 

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Not a band but an experience – the Thorum-232 uses cutting edge virtual reality technology to give the visitor a truly immersive experience.

 

Black Devil Disco Club

When all the drone gets a bit much, take yourself to the District stage on Saturday night to see a real innovator. Bernard Fevre is a trailblazer of the Italo-disco genre and is sure to bring grooves of a more funk orientation to Psych Fest.

 

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In the latest Merseyrail Sound Station Podcast Psych Fest organiser Craig Pennington gives his take on the festival and how he put it together. Listen here www.merseyrailsoundstation.com

 

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