Portsmouth Psych Fest is now just under 6 weeks away now! Exciting! The festival is the first of its kind to grace Portsmouth, taking over both the Wedgewood Rooms and The Edge Of The Wedge on the 29th April. Portsmouth Psych Fest is set to bring the best new and more established psychedelic, post punk, shoegaze bands to the south coast, including the likes of headliners Bo Ningen.
Here are four bands in which Mix It All Up insists that you definitely do not miss at Portsmouth Psych Fest!
Melt Dunes are a Portsmouth/Southampton based psychedelic rock band. We loved their latest single ‘Flesh‘, but they’re still a band that we’re still yet to see live. We’ve heard great things about them live though and based on this as well as the quality of their music, we highly recommend that you check them out. Melt Dunes portray a sound that can be described as hypnotic, alluring psych rock with an enticing, forceful, turbulent side to their music.
Ulrika Spacek made waves last year with the release of their debut album ‘The Album Paranoia’. The Reading based quintet (including some former members of Tripwires) aren’t stopping there though, as the band are already set to release their second album ‘Modern English Decoration’ on 2nd June this year! Ulrika Spacek create hazy, melodic rock which is overflowing with winding riffs and atmospheric vocals.
To be honest, when I first decided to listen to Vinyl Staircase, I just liked the name, but normally when that happens, I don’t end up liking the band! Thankfully, Vinyl Staircase didn’t let me down. The Surrey based, psych dream-pop band are on top form with their latest track ‘German Wings’ is fairly dreamy with serene, jangly melodies and contrasting heavier riffs. The band have toured with the likes of Blossoms, Cabbage, Jaws and Swim Deep in the past and are currently playing a string of dates up and down the country including headline gigs.
You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons
The catchily named You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons are a well-loved, psychedelic, space-rock band from Portsmouth. ‘The Demons’ music can be described as fuzzy, rock tracks which are boiling over with trippy, experimental riffs. The band are definitely not one to be missed as you can almost feel the live energy in their tracks. ‘The Demons’ aren’t strangers to a seven minute+ track either!
You can find out more about Portsmouth Psych Festival here including the full lineup and more details about the event.