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PZYK 2020 - Creators of Liverpool Psych Fest launch 16hour immersive psychedelia event

by Khyle Deen. Published Fri 07 Feb 2020 22:23

Following a nine-month gestation, the mysteriously monikered PZYK 2020 finally comes blinking into the daylight.

The new incarnation - and ultimate realisation - of what was formerly known as Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, PZYK 2020 is a continuous, 16-hour immersive journey through sites and sounds of future psychedelia.

What was previously a hedonistic marathon has been reimagined as a distilled affirmation. A technicolour transformation that will provide the ultimate re-tox; the first 16 hours of the rest of your life….

PZYK 2020 will be housed within a complex of interconnected, industrial recesses in and around Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory. Leading the line-up are Grammy-nominated, Anatolian fuzz-purveyors ALTIN GÜN and AGRROcultural PUNKTRONICA oddballs SNAPPED ANKLES.

They are joined by Lancaster’s finest lo-fi psych-punk collective THE LOVELY EGGS and the physical, anthemic force of nature that is BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD.

The recipients of Piccadilly Records’ Album of the year, W.H. LUNG, and the much-lauded VANISHING TWIN also join our interstellar soiree.

Tickets have been on sale since the psych diaspora were drawn back to the Liverpool Psych Fest website last autumn, by an unheralded relaunch and the emergence of the #pzyk2020 hashtag.

The remaining tickets are on sale now priced at £50 from www.LiverpoolPsychFest.com

As ever, PZYK is a celebration of our collective oneness. No matter the boundaries bestowed upon us, ours is a cross-border collective, a blissed-out international communion. Niger’s KEL ASSOUF melts Tuareg trance into a Moon-Duo-esque energy hit; Hong Kong’s GONG GONG GONG 工工工 utilise heavy garage and distortion to channel the anger of a people;

YĪN YĪN (Maastricht) and Helsinki’s KAUKOLAMPI (i.e. Timo of K-X-P fame) add to this borderless silo of joyful international energy.

Iconic underground Boston legends SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN are joined by Black Dice’s ERIC COPELAND who, along with JACKIE LYNN, cement a characteristically heavy Stateside anchor at PZYK 2020.

Kavus Torabi, Michael York and Steve Davis (yes, that one) present THE UTOPIA STRONG, a bold forward stride into the unknown for Romford’s finest. As is the newly-unleashed, gorgeously-sinister alter ego of Happy Valley's KEELEY FORSYTH - the “new Scott Walker” according to The Guardian.

The line-up is completed with LOS BITCHOS, FREE LOVE, WAX MACHINE, PREGOLBIN, DO NOTHING, BONNACONS OF DOOM, ADULT ENTERTAINMENT, NUHA RUBY RA, STARLIGHT MAGIC HOUR, TVO and DJ FITZ.

PZYK 2020 takes place at the Invisible Wind Factory, 3 Regent Road, Liverpool.

Doors open at 1pm on Saturday 16th May.

A final communication detailing visual happenings and life-affirming interventions will be issued in advance of 16th May.



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