Liverpool Psych Festival

Line up announced for Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 22 and 23rd September. 

Join us at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017 for a pan-continental voyage of discovery [at transonic velocities] as we hurtle towards a new audio-futurism. This year’s congregation is led by our headliners THE BLACK ANGELS (USA) and SONGHOY BLUES (Mali) – a truly intercontinental anechoic chamber of joy.

We are thrilled to be joined aboard this year’s subsonic trip by THE BLACK ANGELS. 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. It is hard to imagine Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia existing as it does without THE BLACK ANGELS. It is an honour to have them in our orbit.

Also joining us 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 break came in September 2013 when the band were invited to record with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Africa Express album, Maison des Jeunes. Their debut album, Music In Exile, also produced by Zinner, was released to widespread acclaim in February 2015 with feverish enthusiasm for their rare UK live shows.

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Psychedelic trailblazers LOOP, former Stereolab frontwoman LAETITIA SADIER and much evangelised dub industrialist ADRIAN SHERWOOD form something of an iconic-PZYK-triptych. Blend a touch of each of these genre-defining artists together and you’re not far from the answer to the much-worn inquisition… so, what is PZYK?

WOLF PEOPLE (of storied US label Jagjaguwar) return to Liverpool Psych Fest after a much heralded performance at our first festival in 2012, along with blisteringly brilliant Californian doom-troupe WHITE MANNA and the Mercury-nominated jazz/psych/electronic meanderings of THE COMET IS COMING.

Parisian duo ACID ARAB mix traditional North African sounds with hard-edged electronica to dazzling effect. Gorgeous, neo-psychedelic adventurers JULIE’S HAIRCUT (out of Sassuolo, Italy) make the trip to Liverpool following their debut cut for Rocket Recordings (Goat et al). Local Liverpool odd-balls EX-EASTER ISLAND HEAD unleash their expanded large ensemble for a one-off performance. With OMNI, SEX SWING and THE KVB also joining the fray, this year’s congregation represents the great and the good, the broad church that is the global PZYK underground.

There will be further film, immersive AV, virtual reality, spoken word and installation announcements in the coming months.

Our 2018 Congregation in full is as follows and check out our CONGREGATION page at liverpoolpsychfest.com for full details on all artists playing at the festival…