Manchester Psych Fest, the UK’s leading psychedelic music and arts festival, returns following the massive success of last year’s festival. With the second wave of artists now announced, the 9th edition of Psych Fest is set to be the best yet as it takes over Manchester’s Albert Hall, The Ritz, RNCM, Gorilla, Deaf Institute, and YES for a full day of incredible live music, DJs, art, food and drink on 3 September 2022.
30 more acts have been added to the already-impressive line-up. Joining the likes of Tinariwen, Warmduscher and Jane Weaver, Manchester Psych Fest 2022 will welcome acclaimed lo-fi star Kurt Vile & The Violators, Liverpool heroes The Coral, punk-rockers Dream Wife, London’s jazz/afrobeat sensation Melt Yourself Down, psych-pop outfit She Drew The Gun, and Gruff Rhys, lead singer of Welsh space rock outfit Super Furry Animals. Slightly lower down on the bill there’s Tess Parks, The KVB, and a DJ set from Simone Butler (Primal Scream).
There are some great experimental acts we’re looking forward to, too. Svengalis of the avant-rock scene, Black Midi, are still riding high on the support they received for their hellacious second album Cavalcade, and their show at The Ritz last November was one of the live highlights of our year. New York freewheelers Battles are no less impressive technically, intensified by the fact they’re now a two piece, from whom you can expect a potpourri of post-punk, prog, psych and electronica. SCALPING, meanwhile, are purveyors of a pummelling blend of techno, punk, post-rock and metal, and their live shows – most recently at The White Hotel – are insanely good.
With yet more acts to be announced, keep an eye on Manchester Psych Fest’s website for the latest word.