Manchester Psych Fest is returning for the sixth time, taking over four revered live music venues in the Northern Quarter. Digging deep into the psychedelic music scene from the North West and further afield, organisers have once again curated an eclectic crop of artists, each brining their own identity to the psychedelic genre. Taking place on Saturday 1st September, the line-up is spread across Night & Day Café, Band on the Wall, The Peer Hat and Soup Kitchen, just a few minutes’ stroll away from one another and expected to be brimming with mind-bending installations and an array of trippy visuals. After the live music ends the official Manchester Psych Fest Afterparty carries on the festivities at Night & Day Café, free for anyone with the festival wristband or £5 for those without. Last remaining tickets are available for £27.50, which gets you a wristband for all venues across the day.
// Formed in Glasgow in 2012, the no-nonsense, feisty Scottish duo headline this year’s proceedings. They’ve supported the likes of Foo Fighters, Palma Violets and Courtney Bartnett in the past and are certainly no strangers to the festival circuit. Give key track ‘Babes Never Die’ a listen below.
Prolific touring outfit The Wytches play Psych Fest during a busy August schedule, still to following up 2016 LP ‘All Your Happy Life’. The trio have found fans with fuzzy melodic post-punk, as heavy as it is shoegaze-y.
Stockholm’s Nico-esque Josefin Öhrn has quickly make a name for herself with a colourful, modern brand of psychedelia. Following their 2015 debut LP Horse Dance, they have added to their sonic explorations with last year’s well-received ‘Mirage’.
Expect “impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop” from the Merseyside indie outfit, planning to add further to their emerging credentials ahead of the release of their second album ‘Revolution Of Mind’.
Psych Fest also welcome raucous female four-piece Madonnatron, playing at the Night & Day Café. Hailing from South London, their eponymous debut album (released last summer) has been praised for making a “proper filthy racket“.
Manchester Psych Fest takes place on Saturday 1st September. Tickets are available here.