Psych Fest returns to the city

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Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2013

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2013

The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia returns to Liverpool for the second time this weekend.

Headlining live performers include Time and Space Machine, Wolf People and Dead Skeletons. The event last year attracted hundreds of psychedelia fans, making it even more popular this year.

Christopher Torpey, one of the festival organisers, told JMU Journalism: “The popularity we’ve had from festival goers has been a double-edged sword!

“It’s been amazing to see the response of people to what we’re doing.”

This year the festival will be spread over two days, playing host to 2,000 people each day.

Mr Torpey said: “Psychedelia is something that has been going on for several years now, and it’s only events like these that such likeminded artists are brought together under the umbrella of one term such as ‘psych’.”

These festivals attract the weird and the wonderful, some first-timers as well as people who travel from all over the world to follow certain artists.

Ryan Lee Jackson, Widnes, who has been following psychedelia for two years, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing Clinic and Fuzz for the first time … as well as emptying my bank account on every record there!”

Also performing are The Shook Ups and psychedelic band The Lucid Dreams, who were headliners in last year’s festival.

To accompany the live music there will be disc spinners, exhibitions and ‘intergalactic visual spectaculars’.

Artist Will Sergeant will display kaleidoscopic swooshes’ and swirls in his international poster exhibition, which was most recently enjoyed at the Substrate Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

The show promises to ‘expand your mind and enrich your very being’ as well as it being a ‘celebration of culture very much at the vanguard of artistic exploration’.

Mr Torpey added: “We want the audience to be walking away from the event thinking it’s been a life-affirming experience.”

The two-day event will be held at the Camp and Furnace on Greenland Street. Celebrations will begin on Friday evening till the early hours, starting back up again at 10am on Saturday morning.


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