6 acts to catch at Manchester Psych Fest 2024

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Manchester Psych Fest is a standout amongst the great and the good of day festivals up and down the country: the event combines some of the best venues in Manchester with the most exciting up-and-coming talent on the scene.

Psych Fest ’24 is set to be one for the books, with a raft of brilliant bands and artists descending on the musical capital of the UK. YES, Albert Hall, Ritz, Gorilla and the Deaf Institute are just a selection of the iconic venues playing host to Psych Fest this year, and Overblown has hand picked some of the best bands on the bill.

Baxter Dury
The lugubrious lounge lizard himself is descending on the city. Following a huge support slot with Pulp at the iconic Castlefield Bowl and a headline show of his own at New Century Hall, Baxter Dury is rightfully one of the first names on the bill here. 2023’s I Thought I Was Better Than You was a gloriously lo-fi collection of autobiographical songwriting; mixing Dury’s drawl with brilliant beats and 808s. This one is a must-see.

2024 was huge for Divorce, their second EP Heady Metal garnered critical and cult success, a place on DIY Magazine’s ‘Class of ‘24’ list and a support slot with indie mainstays The Vaccines. Heady Metal is a wrought, emotional outing made up of slow-burn tunes that often flourish into the most gorgeous pieces, with their joint lead vocalists playing off each other superbly. Scores of festival sets and intimate headline shows have Divorce primed for success in 2024.

Fat Dog
You won’t find a band with more momentum right now than Fat Dog. Darlings of Lamacq, Domino-signed and purveyors of some utterly chaotic live shows: it’s becoming ever more apparent that Fat Dog are good value for their hype. A manic mix of post-punk, electronica, filthy sax and klezmer music comes to an outrageous head, and their pair of singles released thus far have catapulted FD to the top of everyone’s hit list for live shows.

Any band or artist attached to Speedy Wunderground is one worth their salt, and singer-songwriter Jojo Orme is no exception. Her brand of gothic post-punk is exceptional and sees her rage against the sexism and racism she has faced throughout her short career. Heartworms recently played a giant support slot with The Last Dinner Party at their Roundhouse show, and her defiant attitude is infectious.

Hotwax are a Brightonian trio single-handedly saving rock n roll. Their tunes are a cacophonous mix of grunge, punk and hardcore with sprinklings of New York indie. Back to back EPs announced them with thunderous noise, and their riffwork has earned them big support slots with Royal Blood and a place on the bill at The Strokes‘ recent summer show.

PSA: Watch out for crumbling plaster brought down by Hot Wax’s gargantuan riffs.

Lambrini Girls
Brighton compatriots Lambrini Girls are one of the emerging faces of punk in 2024. Queer, feminine rage is at the forefront here, and in their latest ripsnorter of a single ‘God’s Own Country’ they tear into faux-patriotism and nationalistic ideals in the UK. Lambrini Girls do not hold back: they rock hard, and they are utterly relentless.

Honourable mentions
There are far too many fabulous bands and artists to list, but top to bottom the bill for Psych Fest is golden. Here are our honourable mentions:

Girl Ray
Goat Girl

When is Manchester Psych Fest?
The event takes places on 31st August 2024.

Where is Manchester Psych Fest?
Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, Projekts MCR Skatepark, Man Met Student Union, Canvas, Gorilla, YES, Deaf Institute + more to be announced.

How much are tickets?
Tickets start at £45.20 and available to buy here.

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