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First Line-Up Announcements For Liverpool PsychFest

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Joining this year’s subsonic trip are The Black Angels (USA). Through their impeccable musical output over the past 12 years and their annual psych-Mecca gathering in Austin, Texas, The Black Angels have reignited the psychedelic flame for the PZYK generation. Also joining up will be Songhoy Blues: hailing from the town of Gao in north-eastern Mali, Songhoy Blues came together in Bamako naming themselves in celebration of their displaced Songhoy people and culture. Their debut album, Music In Exile, produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, was released to widespread acclaim in February 2015 with feverish enthusiasm for their rare UK live shows.

Elsewhere are psychedelic trailblazers Loop, former Stereolab front-woman Laetitia Sadier and much evangelised dub industrialist Adrian Sherwood, as well as returning PZYK stars Wolf People (of storied US label Jagjaguwar) and Californian doom-troupe White Manna. The Mercury-nominated jazz/psych/electronic meanderings of The Comet Is Coming add another flavour to the bill, as do Parisian duo Acid Arab and gorgeous, neo-psychedelic adventurers Julie’s Haircut.

There will be further swathe of artists – including additional headliners – announced in the coming months; but head to liverpoolpsychfest.com now to read up on the PZYK 2017 Congregation thus far. 


Weekend tickets for Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017 will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 3 March, priced at £80. Tickets will be available through liverpoolpsychfest.com


Festival Coverage: Together the People - Day 2

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With our jeans still damp we return to Preston Park for Day Two, and with a better forecast for the proceedings, we settle down for another feast of music.  

Greeted first by the lively upstarts Skinny Living. The carefully crafted indie poppers were greatly received. With an album out shortly, we can only see bigger and better things in their future. 

Now that our ears are nicely warmed up we're then exposed to the onslaught of the wonderful Seratones, an incredible four-piece from Louisiana, fronted by the amazing vocal talents of A J Haynes.  They bring high energy, rebel rousing guitar sounds that simply blew us away. On the last leg of their UK tour, the leave with a bang and we were so glad we managed to catch them. 

From the roaring and weighty, to the infectious sounds of the joyful Songhoy Blues. Hailing from Mali they are simply a joy to behold.  Their upbeat African rhythm within a blues based guitar proving to be a unique combination.  Touring of the back of their amazing album Music in Exile, the crowd lap up the sheer enthusiasm the band bring to the stage and certainly manage to get the ever-growing crowd ready for the evening.

Peter Hook is now up making every middle aged man at the festival take note.  This is stuff they came to see. When he starts to blast out 'She’s Lost Control' and then 'Blue Monday' you can sense the silent appreciation. He is obviously not allowed to leave without the final track 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' which quite naturally gets the biggest reaction and is fully deserved.

The only act that doesn’t meet the high standard set by the festival is The Horrors. They appear lethargic and nonchalant and not in a good way.  Their music is bland and they simply look like they don’t want to be there.

This is in huge contrast to the appearance of the final act.  Suede and in particular Brett Anderson bring an old school energy that most modern rock act simply don’t have. He is the ultimate frontman, controlling the crowd as he leads us from hit after hit.  He is even honours his mum with a ballad on the anniversary of her death. The hits and the swagger are in perfect harmony. This is a wonderful performance at a time when bands need to be shown how to perform live. They finish with the classic 'Beautiful Ones' as the crowd erupt into a singalong. We trudge away thinking that Together the People have again delivered an excellent festival to Brighton and it’s just what we needed. 


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