The Northern Quarter’s finest festival is back for its fifth year with one of the coolest lineups of the year so far. Set across three of city’s best venues – Soup Kitchen, Night and Day Cafe and Band on the Wall – Manchester Psych Fest 2017 sees a total of 19 top class bands and DJs take to the stage for what promises to be a psychedelic spectacular.
Here’s our pick of the acts not to miss:
This year’s headliners, Teleman have had an amazing couple of years, cementing the London foursome’s reputation as one of the UK’s top up and coming bands. Their second album, last year’s Brilliant Sanity, was an indie triumph, while their rapturous mix of choppy guitars and euphoric keys translates sublimely from record to stage.
An inspired selection from the Psych Fest curators sees Japanese acid noise rockers, Bo Ningen, return to Manchester with their unique brand of manic, mind-rattling psychedelia. If you’ve never enjoyed the insane pleasure of their presence, get yourself down to see them. You won’t be disappointed.
One of the hottest prospects of the moment, the brilliant Leeds-based Menace Beach bring their 90s infused grunge pop hooks to Psych Fest 2017, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Never delivering anything short of stunning performances, Menace Beach are simply an awesome live act. See them.
Everything about Pink Kink is eclectic. From their international line up to their range of influences, the band formed in Liverpool last year and have been consistently living up to their own hype ever since. Put your dancing shoes on and expect a glittery, electro, jazz, punk wall of sound!
Trippy, driving, generally just fucking astounding, TVAM is what synths were made for. The artist from Wigan draws (not unjustified) comparisons with legends such as Boards of Canada and is a firm Manchester live scene favourite. This has all the makings of a massive festival highlight.
Full line up:
Desert Mountain Tribe
Electric Jug DJs
The Beat Chics DJs