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Folkestone Psychedelic Festival: This is Psychedelia 2018

Saturday 7th April 2018

At Folkestone Quarterhouse

Doors 6:00 pm

Price £17.50 + booking fee / £21.50

You asked for its return, so we’re bringing it back! After last year’s first ever Folkestone Psychedelic festival, the co-founders of Lewes Psychedelic Festival return for a second year bringing you a spectrum of creative artists all under the umbrella term of the sonic worlds of psychedelia.

The festival starts at 6pm with five profiled psych artists covering a cross of genres and gender throughout the evening with visuals from innerstrings (who has created visuals for the likes of Liverpool Psych Fest, Eagulls, Josefin Ohrn and many more) washing the Quarterhouse in a warm light-projected womb.

Death & Vanilla
Return of the Swedes! The much loved cult Malmo trio – Death & Vanilla – will be playing the festival with their eerie, haunting ambient-noir pop. A favourite on the Liverpool Psych Fest scene, think Twin Peaks combined with strokes of Broadcast. Dreamy worlds are created through their dark and imaginative sounds, utilising vintage equipment to create warm, organic sounds each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere.

“Their music variously recalls the eerie, haunted ambience of Angelo Badalamenti/Julee Cruise’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, Stereolab/Broadcast’s experimental vision of 50s lounge muzak/exotica and French 60s pop, or the narcotic country-noir of Mazzy Star.” The Guardian

Flamingods are a four-piece, multi-instrumental, multi-cultural band from Bahrain & London formed in 2010. The group puts a focus on exploration and experimentation, often taking influence from different cultures around the world by use of an extensive collection of instruments from as far as Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan and Tanzania

Flamingods’ art is rooted in a love for the spaces between cultures. They’re cross-cultural magpies, absorbing styles and instruments from the world over into their mesmerising sound on Moshi Moshi Records (Teleman, Slow Club, Anna Meredith).

Their brazenly rootless and cosmopolitan approach, which voraciously consumes dance, psych and folk from across the planet and reconstructs it into beguiling psychedelic wig-outs, comes at a crucial time in our global culture.

With electrifying melodies and immersive production it comes on like a wave of lysergic euphoria. Doffing its hat to the monolithic bass grooves of the late sixties, it culminates with a mammoth braying guitar solo.

Cobalt Chapel
Cobalt Chapel formed in 2014; the psych-folk pairing of London singer and actress Cecilia Fage (Matt Berry & The Maypoles) and Sheffield musician Jarrod Gosling (I Monster, Regal Worm). They made their dynamic live debut at Festival No. 6, followed by shows at Courtyard, Tramlines and Green Man Festivals (“delicate filigree… juxtaposed with propulsive and hypnotic rhythms, old school psych freak-outs” – Shindig). Their eponymous first album was released in 2017; “Wonderful and Atmospheric” 8/10 – Uncut, “An eerie piece of Brit-folk” – The Times, “This rich offering stakes an early claim for album of the year.” – Shindig *****

With nods to psychedelia’s multi-coloured prism of a past (Spacemen 3, Syd Barrett, Jefferson Airplane), a cap doffed in the direction of their modern day contemporaries (King Gizzard, Mac Demarco, Homeshake) and a sound that has soaked up the ancient airwaves of the Canterbury Sound only to be wrung out all over again to paint the present day in their own imagining, Dreamweaver write pop songs that are steeped in melodic flourishes and sonic expanses that almost teeter on the edge of world altering spiritual shamanism. Will they go there? Dive in and find out.
“rich, sand-glittering melodies the kind of frayed vocal which lends itself to fuzzed-up microphones, jarring with the crystal-clear psychedelia elsewhere. In other words, it’s a doozy.” – DIY Magazine

Snapped Ankles
Snapped Ankles are an East London art-wave collective that formed in 2011, aiming to blur mediums and boundaries through performance art, film and music. Taking their name from the infamous scene in 1990 American Thriller Misery with Kathy Bates they have been performing regularly in London at the noise rock nights of Baba Yaga’s Hut as well as honing performance concepts at underground art night they organize in warehouses and squats.
In their music they draw on the power and groove of krautrock and post punk siting inspiration from NDW, Palais Schaumberg, Early Kraftwerk and This Heat as well as the more contemporary noise/drone post techno clamour of bands like Holy Fuck and Health. They also have a lot of love for noise titans Lightning Bolt, whose urge to break down the audience/band wall by playing on the floor of the venue is certainly an aspiration that the Ankles share.
They often appear in costume, as ragged moss monsters from some pagan nightmare past, making techno rhythms from homemade ‘Log synths’ and drum triggered visuals to create a unique experience for the audience. Each song/tune/groove is grown from improvised performances and the aim is meld a kinetic live energy with stories and conversations to create a new narrative—unsettling but unstoppable at the same time.