2015 Festival Info
Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia 2015 was our fourth edition, and was our most expansive and largest festival to date. It took place over the weekend of 25 + 26 September 2015 at Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory + new venue space for 2015, District. Over 60 bands played across four live performance spaces – headlined by SPIRITUALIZED, THE HEADS and FACTORY FLOOR – with a stunning array of live visuals, DJs, audio and visual installations and plenty more adding to the cosmic merriment.
+ SACRED BONES v BYM
We were delighted to welcome an exclusive collaborative curation between two of our favourite record labels at the 2015 event: New York’s Sacred Bones Records – home of PZYK alumni Moon Duo, Psychic Ills and Amen Dunes – and Santiago, Chile’s BYM Records – the label that first introduced us to Chile’s modern space-rock gems The Holydrug Couple, Föllakzoid and La Hell Gang. Though separated by thousands of miles, the two labels share an affinity for sounds that linger on the edge of the universe: the feast they brought to the Furnace stage on the Friday of the festival consisted of BLANCK MASS, DESTRUCTION UNIT, THE GANJAS, VUELVETELOCA + CHICOS DE NAZCA, who all performed stunning sets.
+ CARDINAL FUZZ SONIC ATTACK
Cardinal Fuzz has long been one of our favourite labels, specialising as they do all manner of cortex-frying garage, psych and krautrock specials that hold an important place in our record collections. We were stoked to welcome Cardinal Dave and the rest of the team to this year’s festival, and their showcase of THE HEADS, LUMERIANS, CULT OF DOM KELLER, KANDODO3 + DEAD SEA SPEA proved to be wildly popular with our regular PZYK adherents.
+ FINDERS KEEPERS: HOCUS FOCUS
As long-running bedfellows in the seedy boudoir of Northern psych and cosmic pop, ourselves and Finders Keepers Records further indulged our Mancy-Scouse unison to bring you a special series of outer-national audio visual treats at the 2015 festival. Hocus Focus acted as an exclusive showcase stage of artists, film and bespoke visuals, while simultaneously celebrating 10 years of Finders Keepers’ acidik archival activities in the same sitting. Taking place (mainly) in District on the Friday, these live activities were influenced by the label’s deep vault of psychedelic filmic material including exclusive live re-score performances from Silver Globalist JANE WEAVER, GRAHAM “808 state” MASSEY and his arkhestral Toolshed project, magik volk esper MAGPAHI re-scoring The Moomins, and the collaborative KLEKSPLOITATION project between FK label founder Andy Votel and polish soundtracker Andzej Korzynski.
+ ANTON NEWCOMBE: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Brian Jonestown Massacre trailblazer Anton Newcombe was embedded within the festival for the duration of the weekend as our first ever Artist in Residence, taking part in various happenings as part of the programme, as well as showcasing his own work, some of it created specifically for this year’s event. As well as performing live with Tess Parks (Friday) and creating a new piece of music for the Thorium-232 VR installation, Newcombe also brought a collection of bands from his A Recordings label: Magic Castles, Weird Owl + Altered Hours.
Remixers du-jour and all round thoroughly fabulous collectors, curators and innovators PSYCHEMAGIK were joined by the returning neo-psych reverb wizard AL LOVER as headline turntablists on the Saturday night of the festival, both of them taking us on a cosmic trip deep into the psych funk jungle. Also on Saturday, FK co-founder Andy Votel reprised his ANATOLIAN DYNAMITE Turkish psych slew, after a rabidly successful eight-hour set at 2014’s festival. This came after B-MUSIC: FINDERS KEEPERS x ANTON NEWCOMBE on the Friday night, where Votel joined forces with fellow FK label founder Doug Shipton to trade late-night audio bombs with Artist in Residence Anton Newcombe.
Liverpool’s own odd-ball-noisemakers CLINIC also turned out on the Friday, giving us a glimpse inside their psychic record bags. Ladytron’s DANIEL HUNT and our own sonic wizard BERNIE CONNOR also gave us some audio education during their sets on Friday, ably assisted by outings from DROWNED IN SOUND, POMPONETTE, ROCKET RECORDINGS, SI NORFOLK, PURE MUSICAL SENSATIONS with ROGER HILL, JULIAN MARSZALEK, KARMA LEEDS, and a special SACRED BONES vs BYM set.
Saturday saw the fantastic RICHARD HECTOR-JONES join the fray, alongside festival favourites SONIC CATHEDRAL. CARDINAL FUZZ and FIRE RECORDS were also on hand, bringing some of the sounds of their own labels to the table, with more stellar sets coming from DOTS & LOOPS, THE BUGGANE AND DOUGLAS ED OLDHAM, PNKSLM, THE LUCID DREAM, RIP RECORDS, ROPE and PURE JOY.
+ PZYK PRYZM
PZYK PRYZM was a new audiovisual environment and this year’s major installation at the festival. PZYK PRYZM was developed by Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia through a collaboration between Sam Wiehl, Adam Cooke and Robert Strachan. This process of PZYK R+D using open source software culminated in a pulsating audiovisual artwork; an immersive landscape of blistering light and drone, with enveloping tides of digital rolling waves. The artwork was presented within an imposing mass of Technicolor glitch, a 6mm video wall environment with a bespoke throbbing, light-emitting dwell structure.
PZYK PRYZM also housed THORIUM-232: a collaboration and exploration in virtual reality embracing cutting-edge Oculus Rift technology – featuring an immersive visual realm, animations and virtual environment – between Anton Newcombe and artists Li Alin, Michael Saup and Stanislav Glazov.
PZYK PRYZM’s large-scale AV environment also hosted a unique selection of performances and environments. As well as playing live at the festival, SUN ARAW presented a new AV re-imagining of his latest project ‘Gazebo Effect’, the result of a collaboration with mysterious nature/tech cult AUJIK. POLINSKI (alter-ego of 65daysofstatic programmer, Paul Wolinski) performed a live working of his latest project ‘MidiFlood’ within PZYK PRYZM, alongside EX-EASTER ISLAND HEAD and XAM, who also contributed live performances to the environment across the weekend. As part of Finders Keepers Records’ Hocus Focus curation, MAGPAHI RE-SCORES THE MOOMINS was also presented within the PZYK PRYZM.
THORIUM-232 was produced and presented by RML-CINECHAMBER, which was founded in 1991 to research the artistic potential of spatial media: panoramic installations, surround cinema, multichannel AV performances and interactive exploration. THORIUM-232 was a new realm within their work, presented and produced in collaboration with Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.
+ HUMAN SOUP
+ MUSINGS IN DRONE
+ PZYK SKREEN PRINT WORKSHOP
+ PICCADILLY RECORDS’ PSYCHEDELIC WORLD OF WAX WONDERS
+ PZYK CINEMA: THE CHROME SUGAR SHACK with METAL