Manchester Psych Fest: Bad Luck's Festival Guide


Another city, another psych fest is brewing. This year’s Manchester Psych Fest, taking place Friday 30th August, is boasting a hell of a line up, in fact, probably one of the best line ups we’ve seen this year. Taking place over three venues, O2 Ritz, Gorilla and Yes, Manchester Psych Fest is welcoming over 30 artists and DJs, with art installations, pop up street food and more. It’s a stellar billing, and we’ve dug in to pick our top selects for this year’s festival.

Courtney Barnett

Coming all the way from Down Under, Barnett’s blend of indie rock and folk is infectious. Now on her fourth LP, including a collaboration with Kurt Vile, Barnett has cemented her place as one of the best contemporary song writers out there. Rolling with the most mundane themes in some songs, she has a wonderful ability to make it all seem ok.


It’s no secret that we are fans of Temples, and have been for some time. We even booked them for Astral Festival 2019! Having recently seen them at All Points East, Temples certainly haven’t lost the excitement and festival filling sounds from their first LP Sun Structures. Having recently departed from their 60s beat sound to a much larger, heavy psych influence, Temples will certainly get ya going’ at the festival.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Last time we saw Pigs x7, the guitarist stood at the front of the stage, wind slowly blowing through his hair, shredding a solo with one hand and drinking a beer with the other. The time before that it looked like a genuine apocalypse was happening. Let’s leave it at that.

Tess Parks

Most noted for her work with The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, Tess Parks has been growing a rapid underground following with her haunting and almost cult-like music. There’s reverb, tambourines, and a soft Nico-inspired voice over the top of it all.

Babe Rainbow

More Aussies on the bill. Babe Rainbow are nothing short of the sunshine groove you need in your life. An August day, the perfect trip. The free spirited, summer of love hippies will have you swinging your luscious locks in the air.

Snapped Ankles

Forest. Monsters. Just watch ‘em.

The Cult of Dom Keller

The dark brooding sounds coming from space. The Cult of Dom Keller have been on the scene for over ten years now and are still producing ethereal, heavy psych sounds. After a release on Fuzz Club, the band are set to release album number 4 this year.

Bonnacons of Doom

You’ll slowly come to appreciate most bands on Rocket Recordings, and Bonnacons of Doom are a testament to that. With the appearance of something from a sci-fi nightmare, Bonnacons of Doom’s sound will transfix you. There’s beautiful vocals, heavy bass and the appropriate amount of fuzz to get your head banging.

Other notable acts include The Holydrug Couple, Our Girl and Yama Warashi. Tickets are on sale now and are available here. Manchester Pysch Fest takes place on Friday 30th August.