Five Acts To Get Down Early For This Saturday At Sydney Psych Fest

LIGHT by Patrick Ewing.

LIGHT by Patrick Ewing.

This Saturday, Manning Bar will be drenched in fuzz as some of the countries best psychedelic bands take to the stage at Sydney Psych Fest. There’s also a couple of international bands gracing the place too, including Italy’s New Candys and Flavor Crystals from the USA.

It’s a huge line up that prides itself on diversity and inclusivity, something the Psych Fest Australia team do very well. So, here’s five reasons to smash your pre-drinks that little bit faster and get down early to enjoy some of the incredible local talent on show. In no particular order:


LIGHT is a beautiful and moody musical project by Sydney-based artist Luke de Zilva. Aside from having a phenomenal last name, he’s also the owner of a particularly commanding voice. The mood shifts between strength and vulnerability, with a distinct vocal tone and haunting songwriting ability to melt away to.



Laura Murdoch and Rob Young make 60s infused psych-pop that’ll whisk you away into another dimension. It’s a very pleasant vibe as Murdoch’s sweet vocals drift atop relaxed percussion and hypnotic guitars.



You Am I's lead guitarist Davey Lane will be filling up the room with his anthemic solo sounds this Saturday. His latest release is a pop rock dream that shines bright with both glam and grit. Being one of Australia’s leading rockers, he collaborated with some more pysch rock royalty (King Gizz’s Stu Mackenzie) on his latest album. This is bound to be a bundle of feel good vibes live.



So this is the band you're going to groove to, that kind of irresistible, speedy, concentrated foot tapping that leaves your lower leg slightly sore. There's a chaotic vibe about Julia Why?, one that's both relatable and infectious. Thrash about to the punk of it all, then drift away to the melodies. Quite the balance really.



We caught Moaning Lisa supporting Dream Wife a few weeks back and it was full to the brim with attitude and power. Hailing from Canberra, this band is definitely one to keep your eye on. Their latest single 'Carrie (I Want A Girl)' is an explosive track built on catchy melodies and clever lyricism. Do not miss Moaning Lisa this weekend, okay? Good.

Tickets to Sydney Psych Fest are still available here. Psych Fest Aus take over Melbourne on Saturday 3rd March, tickets here. To top it all off, there's also an all ages show in Redfern this Friday night feat. Moaning Lisa + Egoism + LUX NRM. Info here.

See you on the dance floor.

Deafen County