Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Background information
Genre(s) Psychedelic Rock
Date(s) September
Location Liverpool
Venue(s) Camp & Furnace (2012 - 2017)
Years active 2012 - 2017
Promoter(s) Liverpool Psych Fest
Website Official Page

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (Also known as PZYK and Liverpool Psych Fest) is a festival hosted in Liverpool, England in various incarnations since 2012. The festival harbors a heavy emphasis on psychedelic and experimental music. The festival also promotes individual events and has worked in collaboration with other festivals such as Eindhoven Psych Lab, Desert Daze and Levitation.

The festival is hosted at Camp & Furnace, a converted warehouse located in the burgeoning Baltic Triangle district on the edge of the city centre. Along with festivities spanning in roughly sixteen hour days there are also art exhibits, visual exhibits and workshops. Even the website itself for years offered a visual showcase to add to the eclectic atmosphere of the festival.

The festival would also host exclusive vinyl releases at the festival, showcasing various bands performing at each respective festival.

Line-Ups[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

The inaugural edition of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would take place on 29 September 2012 at Camp & Furnace in Liverpool. Along with announcing several bands as The Quietus as a media partner the festival would also host psychedelic artwork by Screenadelica, visual art, film screenings and more.[1] The inaugural edition would host two stages for bands from roughly 2PM - 4AM the next morning, along with visuals provided throughout the day will be provided by Milk, Behind The Wall of Sleep, Will Sergeant and Sonic Cathedral.[2]

Furnace The Blade Factory
Time & Space Machine Mind Mountain
Plank! Baltic Fleet
Hookworms Black Market Karma
Dead Skeletons Lola Colt
Mugstar Cult of Dom Keller
Palma Violets Thee Piatcions
Wolf People Milk Maid
Ancient River Black Manila
The Lucid Dream Koolaid Electric Company
Altered Hours Dark Bells
Rosco Helicon
The Shook Ups The See See
Edgar Summertyme
The Wild Eyes

2013[edit | edit source]

The second edition of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would be hosted on 27 and 28 September 2013 at Camp & Furnace in Liverpool. Newly expanded to two days with a third stage, the follow-up edition would expand further on the bands, integrating a wide range of bands from the United Kingdom, Europe and The United States.[3][4]

The 2013 edition of the festival would attain widespread praise from several publications.[5][6][7][8][9]

Friday 27 September[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory
Klaus Johann Grobe Eat Lights; Become Lights Mordant Music Miasma
Moon Duo Warm Digits The KVB
Psychic Ills The Holydrug Couple The Oscillation
Dead Meadow Night Beats Plankton Watt
Laurel Meets The Obsolete Carlton Melton The Wild Eyes
Yeti Lane The Cosmic Dead Os Noctambulos
Dead Horse One Kult Country Base Ventura
Mind Mountain

Saturday 28 September[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory
Peaking Lights Sound System The Altered Hours Andy Votel's Pandemic Heavy Psych Catastrophe
Clinic Trans Helicon
Mugstar White Manna Delta Mainline
Fuzz Hookworms Three Dimensional Tanx
The Limananas Singapore Sling Sauna Youth
Jacco Gardner Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs Cold Pumas
The Paperhead The Wands The Soft Walls
The Resonars The Lucid Dream Mo Kolours
Maston Lola Colt Bonnacons of Doom
Alfa 9 Novella Psyience
Alien Ballroom The Woken Trees Musings in Drone

2014[edit | edit source]

The 2014 edition of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would be hosted on 26 and 27 September 2014. Like the previous year three stages would be hosted with bands performing all through the day. The festival would also host installations, cosmic audio voyages, visual sensations and a wide array of DJs including Pomponette, God Unknown, The Chimes of Big Ben, Sonic Cathedral, The Quietus, Neil Murphy (Mugstar) and many more.[10][11] The festival would ultimately sell out.

The festival would see praise from the likes of The Sleeping Shaman,[12][13] Louder Than War,[14][15] The Skinny,[16] Fragmented Flaneur[17] and Psych Insight among others.[18]

Friday 26 September[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory
Suuns Zombie Zombie Klaus Johann Grobe
POW! Besnard Lakes Jibioa
Allah-Las Young Husband Black Bombaim
Amen Dunes The Early Years Thought Forms
Wolf People The Vacant Lots Barberos
Les Big Byrd Spectres Hellshovel
Sudakistan Holy Wave ZHOD
Black Mekon Asteroid #4 Pete Bassman
Al Lover's Sacred Drugs Spindrift Formes
Plank! Purple Heart Parade

Saturday 27 September[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory
GOAT Camera Satteliti
Christian Bland & The Revelators White Hills One Unique Signal
Woods Gnod September Girls
Quilt Teeth of The Sea Theo Verney
Sleepy Sun Hills Orval Carlos Siberius
Grumbling Fur Anthroprophh Bed Rugs
The Lucid Dream Lay Llamas Cheval Sombre
The Janitors Bonnacons of Doom Half Loon
Nueva Costa Moodoid Whistlejacket
Traams Islet Cantaloupe
Sudden Death of Stars Mazes Strange Collective
Temple Songs The Glass Moths

2015[edit | edit source]

Following being awarded "Best Small Festival" by the 2015 NME Awards, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would announce their fourth edition, set for 25 and 26 September 2015. Now expanding to four stages, the festival also would host Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) as the artist in residence, along with curated stages by Sacred Bones Records, BYM Records and Cardinal Fuzz, presenting Cardinal Fuzz Sound Attack.[19]

Psych Fest have also announced the release of PZYK Vol. 1, a deluxe triple vinyl compilation celebrating the current psychedelic scene with acts from all over the world that have either played at the festival in the past, or are due to perform this year.[20]

The festival would garner praise from several publications such as Drowned in Sound,[21] Gods in The TV Zine,[22] Clash Music[23] and many others.

Friday 25 September 2015[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory District
Factory Floor Carlton Melton Finders Keeps vs. Anton Newcombe
DJ Set
Fumaca Preta
Etienne Jaumet Gala Drop Giant Swan Karen Gwyer
Blanck Mass Young Knives Mai Mai Mai Graham Massey's Toolshed
Destruction Unit PINKSHINYULTRABLAST Holovr Keksploitation
Chicos de Nazca Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe JC Satan Jane Weaver
Re-Scores Belladonna
The Ganjas Jacco Gardner The Octpus Project Evil Blizzard
Vuelvetaloca Dengue Fever Throw Down Bones Megaphonic Thift
Phobophobes The Feeling of Love Yung R. Seiliog
The Underground Youth Holy Lucern Raze
ZHOD Charles Raze
Favour Povet
Corey Bowen

Saturday 26 September 2015[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory District
Spititualised K-X-P Psychemagik
DJ Set
Sex Swing
Hookworms The Heads Mamuthones Black Devil Disco Club
Jane Weaver Lumerians Turzi Vision Fortunes
Slug Cult of Dom Keller Kogumaza Magic Castles
Sun Araw Kandodo3 Indian Jewellery Hey Colossus
Death and Vanilla Dead Sea Apes Noveller The Callus
The Flowers of Hell Fever The Ghost Tau Virginia King
Roy and The Devil's Motorcycle Menace Beach The Altered Hours The Plastic Mermaids
Strange Collective No Joy Crows Weird Owl
Radar Men from the Moon Pauw Bonnacons of Doom
Dream Weapon Equations The Tambourines
Girl Sweat

2016[edit | edit source]

The 2016 edition of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would be set for 23 and 24 September 2016 at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool.[24] Like the previous year the festival would host four stages and special showcases by GuruGuru Brain (Narrow Road to The Deep Mind), Fete Souterraine, a Pure Phase Ensemble featuring Mark Gardner (Ride) and much more.[25][26] A fifth stage entitled PRYZM would be added.

The festival would attain praise from several publications.[27][28][29][30]

Friday 23 September 2016[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory District PRYZM
Super Furry Animals Howes DJ Fitz Flamingods Oliver Coates
Gwenno Gnoomes Helicon Man of Moon Big Naturals
Josein Ohrn + The Liberation Demdike Stare MDME SPKR The Veldt Perspection
La Luz Silver Apples Cowtown Flavor Crystals
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete Dungen Father Murphy Cool Ghouls
The Hanging Stars The Stairs Muscle and Marrow France
Kikagaku Moyo The Love Coffin Aquagascallo
Minami Deutsch Cellar Doors Arlt
Prairie WWW Bantam Lyons That Fucking Tank
Nawksh Goizilla
DJ de Vega

Saturday 24 September 2016[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory District PRYZM
The Horrors Andy Votel
DJ Set
DJ Set
Spectres Virtual Forest
The Moonlandingz Avid Washed Silver Waves The Early Years Bonnacoms of Doom
Harald Grosskopf Caverns of Anti-Matter Rats on Rafts Pop. 1280
Pure Phase Ensemble 4 The Wytches Baba Naga Electric Eye
Methyl Ethyl Acid Mothers Temple Vanishing Twin Plank
Ultimate Painting The Lucid Dream Eartheater Cairobi
Guadalupe Plata Eagulls Wooden Indian Burial Ground Flowers Must Die
Tangerines Le Hell Gang Has a Shadow Pure Joy
Ulrika Spacek Tomaga 10000 Russos
Tau New Candys Desert Mountain Thyme
Yeti Lane In Zaire Chuck Johnston
Sadaar Bazaar Yaya Futuro Ashtray Navigations
Ye Nuns
Taman Shud
Brian Washington

2017[edit | edit source]

The 2017 edition of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would be hosted on 22 and 23 September 2017 at Camp & Furnace in Liverpool. Notably it would be the final edition to be hosted in this location as that the festival curators would go on hiatus until a proposed re-start in 2020 (Moved to 2021.).[31] Along with the five stages from the previous year a film tent would be hosted alongside the PRYZM tent. The festival would propose a "Green Cup" system to ease up on waste, along with hosting various breweries appointed to each stage area including Five Points Brewing (Furnace), North Brewing (Camp), Black Lodge Brewery (Blade Factory), Innis & Gunn (Lobby), Lagunitas (Camp Exterior) H1780 Tap & Still (Greenland Street Exterior) and a specially crafted PZYK brand. (District/PZYK Gallery).[32]

Friday 22 September 2017[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory District PRYZM
Songhoy Blues The BUG vs. Dylan Carlson Container Steve Davis + Kavis Torabi
DJ Set
Mark McGuire
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar Loop Grim Brides Acid Arab Ancient Ocean
Endless Boogie The KVB Juju Gnod
The Telescopes Dirty Fences The Pattern Forms Julie's Haircut
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble Once & Future Band Novella Omni
Is Bliss Male Gaze WH Lung L.A. Witch
Magnetix Magic Shoppe Bambi Davidson
Exit Group Mass Datura Aquaserge
Duds Fuss The Sonic Dawn

Saturday 23 September 2017[edit | edit source]

Furnace Camp Blade Factory District PRYZM
The Black Angels Adrian Sherwood The Bongolian Andy Votel
DJ Set
WITCH The Comet Is Coming De Wilde Jagd Fujiya & Miyagi Eeter
A Place To Bury Strangers Sex Swing Mr. TC Patten Black Angels X Drowned In Sound
Jane Weaver Baltic Fleet Nonn Dans Dans A Century Of Zombie Sound
White Manna The Holydrug Couple Meatraffle Seahawks Castle Face X The Quietus
Cosmonauts Wolf People The Homesick Backlash Witch X Bernie Connor
The Proper Ornaments Il Sogno Del Marinaio Guantanamo Baywatch Rancho Relaxo Musings in Drone
Ex Easter Island Head Large Ensemble Elephant Stone Zofff Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Gulp Celestial Bums Flavien Berger
Autobahn Cavalier Song Castles
Dead Vibrations Dreamherbs Hurricane Heart Attacks
The Anteloids Weirds
Purple Heart Parade

2021[edit | edit source]

On 6 February 2020 the team behind Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia would announce a new event entitled PZYK. The festival was intended to downsize back to a single day, sixteen hour event in the same vein as the inaugural edition. The original proposed lineup would host the likes of Altin Gün, Snapped Ankles, Vanishing Twin, Black Country, New Road, W.H. Lung, The Lovely Eggs and Haley Fohr's alter ego, Jackie Lynn.

The line-up is completed by Keeley Forsyth, The Utopia Strong, Pregoblin, Free Love, Los Bitchos, Bonnacons Of Doom, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Eric Copeland, Kel Assouf, Gong Gong Gong 工工工, Yīn Yīn and Kaukolampi, amongst others.[33][34]

PZYK was intended to take place at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool on 16 May 2020 but would be re-scheduled to 15 May 2021 due to The CO-VID19 Pandemic. However, in early 2021 with a header of "PZYK IS DEAD. LONG LIVE PZYK", the organizers would state the following: "Despite the positive vaccination news, we still have no certainty as to whether it will be feasible to host the festival in May 2021. With months of continued planning ahead to realise PZYK 2021, we do not have the luxury of waiting until the spring before making a decision as to whether we can welcome our congregation to Liverpool in May.

We appreciate that people travel from around the world to visit the festival and out of respect we want to provide clarity as soon as possible. We were incredibly excited about presenting the festival at a new venue and we have made the decision to cancel with a heavy heart. We look forward to a point in the future when COVID-19 is but a distant nightmare and we can come together once more."

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