In less than a month the heady highs of Manchester’s Psych Fest will return for the fifth time taking over key live music venues in the Northern Quarter. Organisers have delved deep into the psychedelic music scene from all over the world and craftily selected artists that each brings their own identity to the psychedelic genre. Here at BagThing we’re kind enough to fill you in on five things you need to know about this year’s festival…

1 // Teleman are this years headliners; fronted by brothers Thomas and Jonny Sanders, the group has a no-nonsense, indie approach to psych rock. Recently they’ve been fortunate enough to support Belle & Sebastian on tour and their most recent album, 2016’s ‘Brilliant Sanity’ is a euphoric exercise in uplifting indie.

2 // The festival takes place on Saturday 2nd September. The line up is spread across three venues in the Northern Quarter; Night & Day Café, Band on the Wall and Soup Kitchen. All are in close proximity to each other so don’t worry you won’t have to be ordering any Uber’s on the day. Expect the venues to contain mind bending arts installations and an array of trippy visuals, all very Instagram-friendly.

3 // By now the Super Early, and Early Bird tickets have sold out. But don’t worry; you won’t need to sell anything on eBay to afford a ticket. For £27.50 tickets are a reasonable price considering the wristband gets you in all the venues all day, so the sky is your limit for live music choice.

4 // Other key performers on the day include Flamingods (experimental dance psychedelia), Ryley Walker (folk friendly psychedelia) and Menace Beach (gorgeously grungy psychedelia). Each act on the bill will appeal to the Manchester audience, in particular psych rock/shoeglaze group Sulk.

5 // After the live music ends the official Manchester Psych Fest After Party carries on the festivities at Night & Day Café. It’s free for anyone with the festival wristband or £5 for anyone without. Headliners Teleman and Electric Jug club night will be in charge of the DJ set that promise classic 1960s psychedelic tunes (think Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix), plus the usual weird and wonderful trippy bangers.


Manchester Psych Fest takes place on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets are available online or direct from Night & Day Café, Soup Kitchen and Band On The Wall.

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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