Ty Segall, Moon Duo and Bernard Butler bring crowds to Liverpool Psych Fest

The weekend also featured an art installation soundtracked by former Spaceman 3 member Sonic Boom and a talk on the history of LSD

Moon Duo, Ty Segall’s new band Fuzz and Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs were among more than 50 artists to grace the second annual Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia on Friday and Saturday (September 27 and 28).

Former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler also made an appearance, teaming up with Ex-Yummy Fur front man Jackie McKeown for the debut performance of their new collaboration, Trans.

Around 4,000 people descended on the former industrial unit-turned-arts space Camp And Furnace in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, to partake in two days of live music and art. This included an audio-visual exhibition of painted patterns and lights, with music for it by former Spaceman 3 member Sonic Boom, and a talk on the history of LSD.


Playing after midnight on the first day, Moon Duo were preceded on the Furnace stage by four white cloaked figures who walked on to sombre choral music and threw flowers into the crowd. Technical issues delayed the beginning of the San Franciscan duo’s set but it didn’t deter one of the largest audiences of the weekend in waiting for them.

On Saturday, Bernard Butler’s appearance with Trans, which mixes kraut motorik with his trademark guitar lines, came after Fuzz and Hookworms had competed for the attentions of attendees, their set times clashing. Drumming and singing with three-piece Fuzz, Ty Segall made several apparent tongue-in-cheek references to the festival’s name, (“This is so psychedelic man,” he said at one point, shrieking “I’ve taken too much acid!” at another) Earlier that evening, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs played a set which drew heavily from their debut album ‘Clarietta’.

Speaking about the weekend, co-organiser Craig Pennington told NME: “Someone called it ‘the global Psychedelic village’ and it really is. When there are 4,000 people here it puts it in your face just how much of a community there is for this music. There’s a shared camaraderie between bands here, whether they’ve travelled from Mexico or Carlisle.”