The week of reckoning is finally upon us, as Getintothis‘ David Hall counts down t-minus a few days until Psych Fest comes in for a landing.
There’s no avoiding the multimedia ballroom blitz of Liverpool Psych Fest this week, which is heartening to see. From its beginnings as a niche proposition, Psych Fest has blossomed over the past few years into a truly international affair.
Bands and artists will descend upon Merseyside from literally all corners of the world this week, and if that doesn’t signal PZYK makes waves on a global scale, we don’t know what does.
But artists travelling to Liverpool from all over the world is just another week for this grand old city, and life goes on away from the Baltic Triangle. If you haven’t gotten yourself one of those coveted whatever-colour-they’ve-made-them-this-year wristbands, there’s plenty going on in all corners of Merseyside.
Whether your taste verges on the heavy, the eclectic or the straight-up midnight rave, we’ve got you covered in a packed gig guide. You’re bound to find a show you like with the minimum of fuss.Trash Boat: The Magnet, Tuesday September 19
St Albans pop-punks Trash Boat hit Liverpool with this week, with a date at everybody’s favorite Hardman Street basement The Magnet, featuring support from Broadside and Homebound.
The sickeningly new and young five piece were only formed in 2014, and already have two EPs and a full-length album under their collective belts, plus tours supporting the likes of Beartooth.
Ducktails: Constellations, Thursday September 21
There’s a Psych Fest taster afoot a day early as PZYK celebrates its 2017 edition with an opening party to remember.
New Jersey’s premier raw pop instrumentalist export Matthew Mondanile, better known under his stage name Ducktails brings his warm, sweet and fuzzy sound to the Baltic Triangle’s Constellations this week.
The Jesus and Mary Chain: O2 Academy, Thursday September 21
The Reid brothers bring their latest album Damage and Joy to Liverpool as The Jesus and Mary Chain, which is their seventh album in the bumpy 34 years since their inception.
The legendary JAMC are now celebrating a decade back together, and are sure to bring the feedback-soaked noise to the O2 Academy, picking from seminal albums like Psychocandy.
Frank Iero and the Patience: Arts Club, Thursday September 21
Recovering thirty-something emo kids rejoice, as former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero makes his way back to Merseyside.
The prolific New Jerseyite returns to Liverpool with his newest solo project Frank Iero and the Patience for plenty of nostalgia, masses of black nail polish and lots of new tunes from last year’s Ross Robinson-produced Parachutes album.
Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia: Baltic Triangle, Friday September 22 – Saturday September 23
Across Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory and District, a mind-blowing, brain-boggling selection of acts appear in one of the UK’s most unique and immersive festival experience.
The Black Angels and Mali’s Songhoy Blues headline, with support from the likes of A Place To Bury Strangers, Laetitia Sadier and a host of local talent such as FUSS and Ex Easter Island Head. You’ve heard the hype, now live the PZYK.
Bicep (Live): Invisible Wind Factory, Friday September 22
ENRG and lauded Liverpool clubbing brand Chibuku presents Bicep, Ross From Friends, HAAi and Blehrin on a stacked lineup featuring rare appearances from across the world of electronic music.
The Invisible Wind Factory will be pounding to the sounds of HAAi dropping beats all night, and with Bicep and Ross From Friends both playing live, it’s bound to be a party that stretches long into the early hours.
Sassden 001: Sound Food and Drink, Saturday September 23
Babe Punch, Alec Tronik, Big Effigy and Queen Zee & The Sasstones DJs grace Sound Basement for the inaugural Sassden event.
Lovers of the deviant and the distinctive should get themselves down to Duke Street for an all night, no holds barred pink party of drag, cabaret, live music, DJs, disco and debauchery.
If you’re not totally done in by Psych Fest, there are still Getintothis Gigbites to be had this week!
- Big Country: Cavern Club, Thursday September 21
- Double Denim Live Liverpool featuring Mad Alice, Coquin Migale, Scarlet and The Doldrums: The Magnet, Friday September 22
- Musicians Against Homelessness Merseyside: The 27 Club, Saturday September 23 – Sunday October 1
- Lewis Watson: Arts Club, Sunday September 24
Upcoming gigs to look out for:Colour Of Spring: Sound Food and Drink, Thursday October 12
DIY promoters Yeah Buddy! present a bumper night of homegrown goodness. Leeds shoegazers Colour Of Spring headline what is sure to be a blistering live show at Sound Basement, which has been sinking its teeth into a role as one of Liverpool’s premier dive venues.
It’s bound to be another hit for the Sound portfolio, as Colour Of Spring hit Merseyside on a UK tour following the release of their latest three-track EP showcasing their cosmic sound. Fellow Yorkshiremen Bearfoot Beware also appear on the bill, plus Soothe and Bushes in support.