Liverpool Psychedelic Music Festival-A place for those looking for some edge

Atlas Stood

Liverpool’s psychedelic music festival just concluded its second year, and it did not disappoint. Amidst the swirling drones, the industrial noise, primal screams and multitude of keyboards and guitar effect pedals, this festival is where on can certainly find some edge.

Having booked just a Saturday ticket due to: not knowing what to expect, having no prior experience in psychedelic music and the cost of the ticket, I can now throughly recommend the festival to anyone considering getting a ticket next year to go for the whole weekend. I was lucky enough to live down the road from the festival and so did not have to fork out for the frankly overpriced hotel rooms on offer in way of accommodation for those traveling in.

The festival featured four stages, Factory, Furnace Camp and District and it was nice to be able to flit between the stages when something didn’t take one’s fancy. Which it sometimes did not, which was part of the beauty of it all. If you’re anything like me, then music that turns heads, breaks the mould and pushes the envelope is far more likely to hit your musical sweet spot than bland old cheddar cheese music (which has its uses, think how much cheddar we all must eat in a week).

Some personal highlights of Saturday’s offerings include Vayafuturo: a Mexican band who play dreamy floating music, taking advantage of ambient sound effects to create an impressive “full” sound, underpinned by the lead singer’s melancholic sound, kind of like a cool Mexican Robert Smith. Check them out here.

Also very cool were the LA Hell Gang, a Chilean three-piece band who played a style of heavy 60s psychedelic rock that had everyone’s head nodding in rhythmic affirmation.

The best band of the day for me personally was the Dutch band Rats on Rafts, very weird, very cool and very refreshing. Ferocious guitar playing, well dressed, screams of abandon, unsmiling, sweaty and melodically beautiful. Check them out here.

Headlining on Saturday were the continual disappointment known as The Horrors, the less said about them the better.

Overall this was a festival that is worth going to, and no you don’t need to get your hands on any psychedelics to enjoy the music (well most of he music anyway).

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Author: Atlas Stood

Human society is changing at an unprecedented pace. Political ideologies from less than 10 years ago appear out-of-touch already to a dissatisfied voting public. In the West, we can see that the days of the politicians making the rules and people largely voting between two options are disappearing. The internet is creating pockets of societal divides, now any idiot, such as myself, can blurt half-baked ill-informed opinions online. In contrast, there is now more scope for good journalism, the public can now check exactly what a politician said in the past without having to trawl through pages and pages of library newspaper archives. The ways in which music and art are sold is changing. A successful YouTuber or blogger can feasibly collect an audience from across the world. One or two people from each town across a continent and you can now garner an audience of thousands or even millions. When this generation grows old, each pocket will have different things that they remember from their youth in this era. The iPhone and Facebook will be all that unites us; if things keep going this way, then no longer will nationhood, musical genre, taught trades or local communities be the things that bring us together in our nostalgia of the past. It will instead by the account created on websites put together by large corporations and how everyone had a Facebook, even though they didn't and they don't. This blog, in short, is anything I feel like externalising that's been playing on my mind in the hope that I can maybe make others more cynical of what they see, read and hear.

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