To celebrate the imminent arrival of this year’s festival, we are pleased to announce AN OPENING DISPATCH – a one-night-only PZYK celebration, to whet the collective kaleidoscopic whistle ahead of this year’s main event. An Opening Dispatch takes place on Friday 26 August, with a series of free events and performances across FACT, Bold Street Coffee, Ropewalks Square and Black Lodge.

The action at FACT (Wood Street)  commences at 4pm with a PZYK VR workshop in FACTLab. Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 (in partnership with Arts Council England) have commissioned a series of new Virtual Reality artworks for this year’s festival. One of these is Perambulator v.1 a collaboration between longstanding Super Furry Animal’s illustrator Pete Fowler, the band’s guitarist Huw Bunford and Liverpool’s own VR wizards Draw&Code. Join Pete Fowler and Draw&Code as they delve into the creative process in this VR workshop, alongside a showcase of virtual reality works within The Box. Tickets are free but booking is required.

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The party then rolls across to Bold Street Coffee (7pm-11pm) for the opening of an exclusive month-long PZYK exhibition. Expect the finest digi-grit noize and nu-psych sounds, alongside large-scale print and moving image. Pete Fowler will also be guesting on the decks, with his infamous mix of off-kilter oddness. At 9pm, Ropewalks Square (between Bold Street Coffee and FACT) will play host to a live performance from Liverpool drone-troupe and de-facto PZYK house band, Bonnacons Of Doom.

After the festivities across FACT and Bold Street have drawn to a close, the shindig rolls on to Black Lodge (Kitchen Street), with PZYK DJs spinning until the early hours. The Baltic Triangle brewers launch their bespoke festival PZYK Guruguru Brain IPA on the evening (in appreciation of the Japanese Psych label of the same name in resident at this year’s festival).

Book your place at the VR workshop now.