PZYK 2021 — 15 May 2021

It is with great sadness we are today announcing the cancellation of PZYK 2021.

Despite the positive vaccination news, we still have no certainty as to whether it will be feasible to host the festival in May 2021. With months of continued planning ahead to realise PZYK 2021, we do not have the luxury of waiting until the spring before making a decision as to whether we can welcome our congregation to Liverpool in May.
We appreciate that people travel from around the world to visit the festival and out of respect we want to provide clarity as soon as possible.
We were incredibly excited about presenting the festival at a new venue and we have made the decision to cancel with a heavy heart.
We look forward to a point in the future when COVID-19 is but a distant nightmare and we can come together once more.
Refunds will be processed automatically by our ticketing partner Eventim on Monday 30th November.
All original tickets remain valid for the re-arranged date. If you have any further ticketing enquiries, please contact Eventim here.

Yours in drone, always.


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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.