This Saturday being May 2, one of the most cosmic days in the UK music calendar being Psyched Fest (formerly known as Portsmouth Psych Fest) was due to take place, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and a lockdown of all pubs and venues, sadly had to be cancelled. Instead the festival will now be online with live sets streamed via social media to ensure that fun-times are still had.
Previous editions of Psyched Fest have included the likes of Bo Ningen (photo featured in the header image taken by 16 Beasley St), Flamingods, The KVB, Los Bitchos, Black Country, New Road, black midi, Melt Dunes, Madonnatron, Drug Store Romeos, Thee MVPs, Nice Biscuit, The Wytches, Snapped Ankles, Mystic Peach, Yak, Sleep Eaters and many more.
The 2020 edition was also looking like an interstellar line-up once again with Warmduscher, PVA, Silverbacks, bdrmm, Norman, Yowl, Rosie Alena, Home Counties, Lumer, London’s new exciting psychedelic meets cumbia outfit Platypus Complex and many more incredible acts all due to play this years edition across multiple venues on the south-coast, seaside city of Portsmouth.
Playing the online session from 5pm (BST) via Portsmouth Psych Fest’ Facebook page which you can watch here include; grunge noisemakers Lumer, the visceral rave-laden post punk-disco outfit PVA, the incredible Nuha Ruby Ra, psychedelic-folk artist Rosie Alena who’s debut single featured members of black midi, Portsmouth folk soloist Megan Linford and more TBC.
Portsmouth Psych Fest are also raising money for Music Venue Trust #saveourvenues campaign that recently launched to ensure the survival of live music venues across the U.K during this period of lockdown.
You can check out the 2020, 2019 and 2018 Psyched Fest playlists below: