PZYK 2021 — 15 May 2021

Due to the current uncertainty around the Covid-19 situation in the UK, we have no choice but to re-schedule PZYK to 15 May 2021.
We’re massively disappointed to have to make this switch, and have been considering various different alternatives over the past 10 days. Having looked at all new date options from autumn onwards, and in consultation with our venues, the most suitable (and safest) option is to postpone the festival until 2021. This means we can also utilise the same spaces and make PZYK the best experience possible for everyone.
We are working closely with all artists and their schedules to ensure as many of them as possible can join us for the re-scheduled date. We will make a further announcement regarding the line-up and any new additions in the coming months.
All original tickets remain valid for the re-arranged date. If you would like a refund, please contact Eventim here.

Stay safe, stay #PZYK – and see you in 2021.


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KEL ASSOUF is psychedelic desert blues from Niger via Brussels. Produced by Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, AMMAR 808), Kel Assouf’s 2019 album ‘Black Tenere’ (Glitterbeat) is a milestone: African trance rhythms melted into the energy of vintage rock bring a significant new vibration in desert music. With his new minimalist power trio, including Sofyann Ben Youssef on the organ and Moog SUB 37, and Olivier Penu on drums, Anana Harouna goes straight to the point. His revolt against injustice is made explicit by the saturated voice of his guitar, as a support for his militant lyrics.

As far as we can go back through the history of the Tuaregs – a name that has been added to them, themselves preferring “Kel Tamashek” – we find the struggles of a people to preserve their nomadic status, free of borders. ‘Black Tenere’ is infused with an energy that never sleeps; that of the revolution against oppressions and injustices, be it in the time of colonialism, or today, through a much more insidious seizure (but well real).

Life in the desert is a constant reminder of the values ​​of the Kel Tamashek people, and therefore a philosophy of the essential that sounds like a teaching. ​Ariyal:​​ To you materialist, when you lose all your markers, fade back to square one.