Now in it’s fourth year Liverpool Psych Fest once again demonstrated why it’s widely regarded as Europe’s premier celebration of all things psychedelic. Our highlights included but were not limited to The Underground Youth‘s propulsive hypnotic brand of psych, Noveller whose sublime atmosphere cinematic soundscapes left us slackjawed and dumbfounded (no change there then) as we marvelled at their pristine beauty. Elsewhere Death And Vanilla‘s haunting set, full of gently pulsating Krautrock beats, reverbing guitars, and the comforting ethereal vocals of singer Marleen Nilsson’ provided a welcome respite from the onslaught of relentless driving ear shredding sonic assaults that could be found elsewhere at the festival. ¬†Menace Beach ( are they really Psych ? ) superbly melded noise melody and energy whilst Jane Weaver proved why she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves. And then of course there was ¬†Spirtualized, who a fan told us prior to them taking to the stage, can be either shambolic or brilliant, thankfully on this occasion they were the latter.




Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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