Copenhagen Psych Fest 2014

author BV date 28/04/14

I’ve been yearning for a psych fest in Copenhagen for years. – That much is pretty damn clear. Ever since discovering Austin Psych Fest and noticing the slowly emerging variations of psych fests all over the world, I was wondering if the concept would ever find its way to my hometown – thus eliminating my need to travel as I am, quite essentially, far too lazy to bother most of the time. Realizing then, that an actual psych fest was underway sometime during 2013, I prepped myself for an experience I was hoping to be well above many others – one I have been awaiting anxiously since it was announced, devotedly following the lineup additions every single time a band was announced. With press accreditation cleared, the final week up to the psych fest was near unbearable as I was eager to find out how things would proceed, what difficulties would lie ahead and, most important of all; if it would be a success that could justify the return of the festival.

“It's really easy. - Give in. There comes a time of starvation, it is true. If you believe in elevation - it will happen to you. You've got to reorganize the channels of your thought and leave behind that what you sought. You've got to redefine yourself if you wish to find the crystal visions of an open mind.” – "Starvation", by The Golden Dawn.

Those words are, perhaps, the most fitting description of how to approach a psych fest. With them in mind, I arrived at Stengade for the very first day of what I hoped to be a truly great experience.

All photos courtesy of Philip B. Hansen, Peter Troest and Henrik Moberg Jessen

Psych Fest cupcakes

DAY ONE - THURSDAY

Arriving at Stengade well before the first act would take the stage, I noticed that the organizers had procured cupcakes (of a non-psychedelic kind, mind you) as well as free welcome drinks for the first people to arrive. Looking around the upstairs lounge, named The 13th Floor for the duration of this event, it was evident that there was a stage for the smaller, more experimental acts to perform, as well as a merchandise booth which was still under construction when I arrived. As time slowly progressed, I found myself heading downstairs to The Deep, as the main stage would then be named.

Turquoise Sun

Turquoise Sun @ The Deep

Having the questionable honor of opening the main stage, The Deep, at 16:00 on a Thursday, Turquoise Sun could easily be described as encountering an uphill battle from the get-go. Sporting some twenty-odd people in the crowd, Turquoise Sun played an energetic set of Tame Impala-esque psychedelic funk and synth-rock. Songs like “Beach Trip” were delivered with a pretty cool consistency from what I understand to be a relatively new band who is still recording their debut album. Again though, the upbeat attitude of many of these tracks – as well as the band itself, fell harshly to the ground when faced with the poor turnout of the earliest hours where most had yet to get off work. As such, cool songs like their closer “Oracle” were faced with mediocre response – except for a few guys who consistently praised them for writing cool songs - Which is quite admirable, really. I can’t help but think that these lads might have fared much, much better in the later hours of the festival. However, given the time-frame they had to work with, Turquoise Sun did quite well. - Just not as well as I’d hoped. [6½]

Thor Boding

Thor Boding @ The 13th Floor

As I scurried up the stairs to the opening of the next stage, The 13th Floor, as it was called, I was met with a familiar sight. Sitting alone on stage was front-man of the Danish power-trio Syreregn, who was about to give one of his acoustic solo performances. Granted, the show could hardly be coined psychedelic in terms of sound – perhaps in lyricism though. It did however, as he also noted, serve the point of opening the stage by showcasing the roots from which some psychedelic music is derived – namely the blues/folk traditions. Throughout various covers of early Danish psych like Young Flowers and Steppeulvene, Boding showcased his undying love for a variation of psych that many of the people who would later turn up at the event, were clearly not here to see. – favoring the more contemporary sounding stuff. Faced with just a hard task as Turquoise Sun, Boding’s set was also a bit underwhelming due to the circumstances – despite him playing a very haunting, stripped-down version of a great Syreregn track called “Tag Solen Ned”. Admirable performances aside, the lack of a decent turnout was a real mood-killer at this point. [6½]

The Roosters

The Roosters @ The Deep

Rushing downstairs once more, I made it just in time to catch Aalborg-based slacker-rockers The Roosters. Yielding a finer turnout at this point, their garage-infused and semi-psychedelic songs got a pretty cool reception from the crowd. Initially not making much of them due to their pretty stoic nature on stage, I was surprised when they started blasting out song after song of semi-psychedelic garage-pop songs. A track like their upcoming single “Friday” yielded great results for the band as the somewhat decent turnout cautiously danced along in a casual way to the jangling guitar tones and the laid-back, almost mumbled yet charmingly effective vocal work. This particular show was also my first indicator that the musical network of Aalborg, in the psych-scene in particular, intertwines in many cool ways, as The Roosters boasted several of the members from another Aalborg-based band called The Hedgehogs – making the band, and the network of musicians, all the more interesting to be watching in the future. [7]

Little Brain Attack

Little Brain Attack @ The Deep

At this point of the day, time was quickly becoming a warped concept as the schedule of bands was sliding at a rapid pace. All the more confusing, Little Brain Attack and The Wands’ timeslots were switched around, due to unforeseen circumstances – leading me to watch a show in which I was certain I wasn’t watching The Wands, though it took me the first 10 minutes to fully realize they had changed timeslot with Little Brain Attack. No matter though, as I wanted to watch both bands either way. Experiencing technical difficulties from the get-go, Little Brain Attack played an admirable show that conveyed a type of energy that most people wouldn’t associate with a psych show. Had it not been for the consistent lack of bass in the mix (as the sound from the bass vanished completely from time to time) they would have played a massively great show as their immersive soundscapes, quite reminiscent of early material by The Black Angels, captivated the rather large crowd. With the organ-player frequently picking up a tambourine and diving in to dance with the crowd, one could say that Little Brain Attack possess quite a bit of on-stage (and off-stage) charisma that, in spite of technical difficulties, made their performance a solid showcasing of how to get your message out into the crowd, whilst creating immersive, epic and somewhat orchestral soundscapes. [7½]

The Wands

The Wands @ The Deep

Foothold solidly gained in front of the main-stage, I waited anxiously for The Wands’ set to begin. Up until the psych fest, I had quite literally done everything in my power to actually see them live to finally experience why their live-shows are so revered - as is the case. Blasting through a mix of 60’s inspired psych in the form of tracks like “Hello I Know the Blow You Grow Is Magic” and set highlight “The Door”, The Wands became a quite enthralling experience. It was loud, fuzzy and echoing guitars swirling their way through the filled room whilst the echoing, wailing vocals found their way directly to the heart of the crowd. Their songs were lengthy, jammed out and quite spacy but they never lost the melodic touch that works so well for them on record – making the experience all the better for it. As far as soundscapes go, their mix was also the best I heard on the night. Granted, festival-mixes are never perfect and it would be impossible to get them to be that way. However, The Wands came off as crisp, bombastic and fragile all at the same time, effectively letting the mix portray the various dynamic changes of the band during their forty-odd minute performance. [8]

Fribytterdrømme

Fribytterdrømme @ The Deep

Time still coming off as warped, completely obliterating the schedule I decided that the safest thing would probably be to remain at the main-stage for the duration of the evening. Even more so, upon realizing Fribytterdrømme were the next act to grace the stage. Armed with a sizeable crowd, most of whom were seemingly there to specifically see Fribytterdrømme, the band ventured into a near-Hawkwind sounding opening track called “Kosmonauten”, lyrically encouraging the crowd to put on their psychedelic glasses - they would be needed to follow the kaleidoscopic journey through their upbeat, slightly garage-sounding set of Danish psychedelia at its best. With “Jeg Graver Huller I Mørket” the band experienced rampant sing-alongs before their 20-minute epic “Fribytterdrømmen” had the crowd, and a guitarist, lying on the floor – perfectly enveloped in a trance as the sonic landscape was unfolding. Concluding their set with the ritualistic “5 er det magiske nummer”, Fribytterdrømme went ballistic on stage and in the crowd – inciting frantic dancing, instruments being hurled around and a general vibe of ecstasy. If you don’t know them, Fribytterdrømme is most definitely an act to keep an eye out for. They’ll start a proper psychedelic party for sure. [9]

Papir

Papir @ The Deep

Coming up on one of the night’s most anticipated acts, based on the general chatter in the crowd, Papir took the stage in utter anonymity, bathed in smoke and sparse lighting. It took little more than one piece of jammed out, kraut-inspired progressive rock for them to sway the audience who, in turn, responded with massive applause. ”You’re very generous with the smoke. You could be less generous. With the smoke, that is.” such were the only spoken utterance from Papir before they launched directly into another 40 minutes of ups and downs, epic soundscapes and a set of musical pieces delivered with a ferocity seldom seen by instrumental bands. Words were unnecessary as they explored the boundaries of their lengthy tracks, leaving each member plenty of space to unfold their virtuosity in a strikingly melodic manner. [8½]

Noticing that time was flying by, Papir was unfortunately the last act I’d see on the first day of the Psych Fest due to unavoidable obligations on the following morning – leaving me to, regrettably, miss both Baby Jesus and Wonderland.

DAY TWO - FRIDAY

Arriving at Stengade once more for the second day of the festivities I was a tad too late to review first band on the bill – Jesus on Heroine. However, from what I saw of their set they played a sort of blend between My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze and some of the more psychedelic Brian Jonestown Massacre stuff, prompting me to jot down that I need to see them some other time. As I headed upstairs to The 13th Floor, Parasonika were in the middle of setting up.

Parasonika

Parasonika @ The 13th Floor

Parasonika is usually a two-man outfit. Made up of Martin Pale (guitar) and Mads Lang Olsen (sitar), both also members of The Hedgehogs, the band plays a sort of trance-inducing drone music fueled by persistent, hypnotic guitar noise whilst being melodically flavored by the sitar parts. However, on this occasion the band was joined on stage by the duo Kogekunst who would subsequently shift through various instruments, ranging from organ drones over jangling guitars, percussion and meditative vocal harmonies. Throughout their continuous 30-minute drone, the sparse audience was sat on the floor, on sofas and various other places whilst taking in this journey through melodic ups and downs, tempo-changes and meditative vocal chanting. In spite of the relative sparse audience, Parasonika would prove to be my perfect opening to the day – chilled out, whilst being meticulously enthralled by the surprisingly lush soundscape. [7]

RA

RA @ The Deep

Now headed downstairs to see RA, who are apparently playing at this year’s edition of Roskilde Festival, I arrived in a room made up of a modest audience – clearly still bearing the marks of this also being a working day. RA worked their way through a somewhat bland and uninspired set of post-punk sounding, perhaps a bit shoegazing songs where the most interesting thing I remember was that the vocalist was also the drummer. Their songs sadly failed to leave any sort of lasting impression me, and the modest crowd didn’t help their case particularly either. [6½]

Jin & Daun

Jin & Daun @ The 13th Floor

With the schedule following the lead of the previous day, I surprisingly had time to head upstairs and check out Jin & Daun, which a band member had described as “cosmic music” to the people out in front of the venue, who were taking in the sunlight before heading back inside. Anxious to find out what his definition of cosmic music would entail, I found myself once again sitting on a couch on The 13th Floor, watching a duo work their way through a plethora of synthesizers and effects whilst creating something eerily reminiscent of a fleet of spaceships headed for an oncoming invasion of Earth in a high-budget sci-fi movie. Interesting at first, their drones of ‘cosmic music’ quickly proved to lack variety as they consistently stuck to a sense of pure monotony – leaving me chilled out, but musically underwhelmed. They were pretty cool and all, but they’ll cease to be interesting if they don’t spice up their drones a bit. At least that’s the impression I got. [5]

Dark Buddha Rising

Dark Buddha Rising @ The Deep

Arriving downstairs once again, I was about to witness one of the absolutely heaviest acts on the bill. - Psychedelic doomsters Dark Buddha Rising from Finland. Sporting something reminiscent of a cow’s skull on stage, these guys took a modest crowd on a trip through the murkiest parts of the psychedelic scene with a truly frightening set composed of long, hallucinogenic drones where they would suddenly change the dynamics to such a drastic extent that they left more than a few crowd-members truly shocked, perhaps even a bit frightened as they smashed their way out of their drone and progressed into a massive sounding riff. Most of their set was composed either of intertwining songs or, perhaps, two very long tracks. Either way the sheer heaviness seemed to be just what some of the crowd-members were missing from the day before. They weren’t a personal highlight for me, but I can’t help but respect their forceful approach to songwriting dynamics. [7]

FEO

FEO @ The 13th Floor

Finding myself upstairs once again, I arrived just in time to watch Danish folk-legends of old. Perhaps as obscure as it gets, FEO released a pretty cool album back in the early days of Danish psychedelic rock – prompting a significant amount of the guests at Stengade to head upstairs to check them out. Coming off to a significantly rocky start, FEO’s mix was, to me, a total disaster. The guitar was clearly being played on stage, yet nothing seemed to come out of the speakers for the duration of my stay up there. Granted, the vocals were quite excellent – especially coming from a man of that age, however even as the band played some really cool tracks, only the trumpet, bass and vocals were audible. – Leaving a significant hole in the soundscape that would, consequently, leave me a bit disappointed as I had looked forward to seeing FEO in splendid folk-glory. [5½]

Agusa

Agusa @ The Deep

Leaving my disappointment behind, I arrived a tad late for Agusa – missing their first song. I have seen these guys before so I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to experience. To my joyous surprise, the band had been joined on stage by none other than Scott ‘Dr. Space’ Heller who would create weird, cosmic sounds throughout their instrumental tour-de-force. Playing a distinctly ‘Swedish-sounding’ mix of progressive rock and electric folk, Agusa worked their way through a variety of cool organ sounds, jangling guitar and most excellent drum-figures. Joined onstage by two female dancers, Agusa was all about giving a cool performance. As they worked their way through a rendition of Kama Loka’s “Gånglåt till Floalt” I was thoroughly enjoying their set. – leaving me to search for the album upstairs at the merchandise-booth the moment they left stage. - Sadly, in vain. [8]

Narcosatanicos

Narcosatanicos @ The Deep

Maintaining my position in front of the stage in The Deep, I was anxiously anticipating the arrival of Narcosatanicos who were, due to the ever-sliding schedule, quite a bit late. However, as soon as they took the stage, bathed in their own visuals as opposed to those otherwise provided by Swedish ‘Klubb Kristallen’, their forceful opening track sent shivers down my spine. Working their way through a forceful blend of psychedelic doom-punk tracks, Narcosatanicos enveloped the venue in total darkness, save for their visuals whilst performing a full-on sonic assault made up of fucked up cacophony, massive riffs and utterly malicious vocals. I had seen them play before, but somehow this time was just something truly special for me. Dark Buddha Rising might have been one of the heaviest bands on the bill, but I think it is only right for Narcosatanicos to claim the title of the heaviest act on the bill. Rounding off their malicious, smoothly performed set, most of the crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves whilst basking in the total darkness. I hear Narcosatanicos have an album out soon. I should probably pick that up. [8]

Danske Spor

Danske Spor @ The 13th Floor

By sheer coincidence, I fortunately arrived just in time for the utterance; “Now we’re gonna play something that doesn’t sound like a spaceship”. As luck would have it, Danske Spor, whom I’ve been dying to see, were about to play the upstairs area. Led by Kasper Dons, who was backed by the two guys from Kogekunst, Danske Spor played a sort of Danish folk-rock centering on the troubadour-like appearance and sound of Kasper Dons. Centering on his magnificently storytelling lyrics in songs like “En Sommerdag”, the backing-band merely laid down a miniscule, underplayed foundation on which Kasper Dons could rest on top of. Eclectic as they may sound, I honestly believe that there is something quite unique about the outfit. There’s a sort of naïve honesty to the lyrics that, when sung by Kasper Dons’ quite mellow voice, just take on a life of their own. Highly impressive stuff that I imagine will only grow better as time progresses. [7½]

De Underjordiske

De Underjordiske @ The Deep

The final act I would see on the second night would turn out to be De Underjordiske. Having never experienced them beforehand, save for their recent single “Trold”, I had no idea of what was to come. Once again basking in darkness - this slowly becoming a main theme for The Deep on this second night, De Underjordiske were led by the forceful appearance and on-stage persona of vocalist Peter Kure. Throughout their 40-something minute set, they played a variety of tracks centered on a lingering sense of atmospheric rock. Occasionally touching upon the more upbeat sounds, De Underjordiske possessed a great knack for varied dynamics in their songwriting. With “Under Skyggernes Kniv”, the band got a small party going, whilst their last track, the forceful and ominous “Trold”, had the crowd entering a slight trance with several audience members mouthing the words of the chorus before the track entered a lengthy, heavy droning that would conclude their powerful performance. This seems to be yet another band to be on the lookout for. [9]

The Crowd

Leaving Stengade behind before The Cosmic Dead would take the stage was unfortunate, however due to massive fatigue and sleep deprivation it was a strategic choice I would not regret in the end. Once again lying in my bed, I prepared mentally for the coming, final day.

DAY THREE - SATURDAY

Arriving back at Stengade for the third and final day, the turnout was significantly better – possibly due to a plethora of factors such as being positioned in the weekend, plus perhaps a more recognizable lineup to some of the guests, making them more willing to spend the entire day at the venue. Upon entering Stengade I know that I was personally excited about seeing many of the acts. The first one of these would also be the first act of the day.

The Hedgehogs

The Hedgehogs @ The Deep

It’s no secret that I like The Hedgehogs quite a lot, having recently praised their powerhouse of a performance at Loppen. As they played a set of predominantly new material, the crowd response seemed pretty admirable considering the early turnout which was, although much better than the days before, still only decent until halfway through The Hedgehogs’ set. When they launched into “Can’t Find Myself”, one side of their new single, most of the crowd was dancing along to the up-tempo barrage of riffs, wah-laden fuzz solos and powerful drumming – albeit not as powerful as at Loppen. With “Your Eyes” The Hedgehogs played the, perhaps, most well-received track of their set, exiting stage to great applause from the crowd. It could easily be said to be a great opening performance of the stage, but it was sadly not as great as I have previously experienced them live. [7½]

VED

VED @ The Deep

Following The Hedgehogs was Swedish instrumental, psychedelic band VED. Harnessing the sounds of a variety of different instruments like the bouzouki, flutes and synthesizers – along with more traditional instrumentation like guitars, drums, bass and the like, VED constructed meticulously layered, highly explorative psychedelic rock songs that made great use of the ambience of the room. The crowd was surprisingly small for VED, perhaps due to the fact that the upstairs stage had also started its schedule – making me miss the performance of ET Tumason, sadly. Nonetheless, VED continuously made use of their ambient, slightly groovy psychedelic tracks and lulled the faithful crowd into a mesmerized state of pure interest, as they were standing rather still and just took it all in. VED’s performance was quite interesting, albeit not one I found to have any particular highlights per se. It was a smoothly progressing, continuous piece of music that worked great as a whole but gave me increasing problems with discerning tracks from each other. [7]

Kogekunst

Kogekunst @ The 13th Floor

Heading upstairs in good time, wanting to secure seats for Lorenzo Woodrose’s performance that was to come later, I succumbed to increasing amounts of curiosity regarding the act that was about to start their set. I had previously seen the duo incorporated into other projects but had yet to see them perform their own material, even though they had also played the very first day of the psych fest. Functioning as a duo, yet utilizing a variety of instruments, the two boys droned away at one point, whilst creating powerful, noisy psychedelic rock the other. Constantly bordering on the point between melodic songs and utterly cacophonic sounds, Kogekunst surprised me immensely as I had actually not expected to like their performance. I’m not sure I’d listen to a record by them, but they worked surprisingly well as a live act. [7½]

Lorenzo Woodrose

Lorenzo Woodrose @ The 13th Floor

Having secured myself a very favorable position for the Lorenzo Woodrose performance, I was eagerly anticipating what he might actually play, seeing as these solo gigs are actually pretty rare. What I experienced was Lorenzo working his way through the droning sounds of an organ and what seemed like a sitar-generating box, whilst playing a heavily echo-laden electric guitar on top of this. Droning his way through the first part of the performance whilst reciting the lyrics to “Mere Lys” and “Jorden Kalder” by Spids Nøgenhat, the vast crowd (the largest I’d seen at the small stage) was getting into it, absorbing everything that was going on, on stage. Rising from his otherwise seated position, Lorenzo Woodrose threw himself at a minimalistic, although heavily echo-drenched rendition of “Den Gennemsigtige Mand” which sent collective goosebumps down the spine of every single crowd-member who was present. Reaching the chorus, several parts of the crowd mouthed the words as if in a meditative state. As his set concluded, Woodrose received a grand applause – deeming this experimental performance a success of sorts, in spite of the fact that large parts of the crowd were quite obviously hoping for more straightforward renditions of Spids Nøgenhat material. [7]

Shiny Darkly

Shiny Darkly @ The Deep

Returning back from a much needed dinner-break, I was just in time to watch Shiny Darkly – a band I have seen twice before, yet they have never really managed to sway me entirely. That said, I might not be the best reviewer for their post-punk infused songs but here goes anyway. Throughout their set they gave off a surprisingly good energy which reflected on the crowd. Many in the crowd were dancing to the moody tones and the vocal outbursts. Midway through the set, front-man Kristoffer Bech broke a string – forcing him to, briefly, pick up a spare guitar that was just lying on stage. Subsequently putting it down after one song, noting; ”that guitar was weird…” - prompting him to pick up his own once again, finishing the set with only five strings. – For which I have nothing but respect. I’ll probably never get into Shiny Darkly even though they are obviously talented, but I can quite honestly testify that they played a cool show. [7]

The Entrance Band

The Entrance Band @ The Deep

Following the performance of Shiny Darkly, I was looking forward to some old-school psychedelic blues-like rock music. I had previously heard that The Entrance Band were pretty amazing live, so even though I was rapidly feeling my lack of sleep catching up on me, I was still quite excited. Excited as I was, their monumentally long soundcheck quickly took away a great deal of anticipation from me. - More so, when I was met with a performance resembling a quite a bit more psychedelic Jimi Hendrix, wrapped in a slightly more contemporary package. To be honest I simply lacked the patience, tolerance or in lack of other words – the vibe, to actually appreciate The Entrance Band fully. To me, their songs were pretty forgettable and although their guitarist/vocalist had mad skills, I found him to be way too over the top for my likings on this night. Had I not been massively exhausted, I could possibly have found quite a lot more joy in these proceedings. However, as it were, I have to disagree with most of the crowd. It wasn’t for me. [7]

Elevatorfører

Elevatorfører @ The Deep

Much more to my liking, Elevatorfører performed an insanely swift soundcheck – especially when taking into account that they boast quite a few more members than most of the acts on the bill. Coming off to a slightly rocky, very un-tight start, Elevatorfører can actually be deemed masters of the comeback – quickly garnering significant attention from the crowd, as their newest material “Den Yderste Periferi” incited massive applause and great vibes from the entire room whilst the band was also tightening up their act. With the classic tracks “Skovtur” and “Den Hypnotiske Jakke” the band achieved a level of sing-alongs that was previously unheard of at this particular festival – making their performance truly special. Utilizing impressive amounts of humor, great tracks and exuberant energy, Elevatorfører conveyed a party-vibe like none other – leaving people to yell for more when they inevitably had to leave the stage. A gig like this bodes increasingly well for their upcoming album, apparently due out in the autumn. I’ll be waiting. [8½]

Telstar Sound Drone

Telstar Sound Drone @ The Deep

Continuing my rather extended stay at the main stage, where I would remain for the rest of the final night, I awaited the entrance of yet another band I had been dying to see live – Telstar Sound Drone. Having initially praised their debut album “Comedown” to high heavens, their live performance was everything I had expected them to be. Shifting between experimental, noisy cacophony and more straight-forward, kind of Spacemen 3-sounding psychedelic rock, Telstar Sound Drone manifested their live-skills through massive sounding tracks like “Through the Back of Your Head” and “Sattelited”. However, their true highlight of the set was the reverb-drenched “Feels Like a Ride” which was the perfect blend of meditative vibes, fuzzy tones and haunting echo-drenched vocals. I’d love to see Telstar Sound Drone again sometime, and judging from the crowd-response I am hardly the only one. Leaving the stage to rampant applause, Telstar Sound Drone had paved the way for the final act of the psych fest; the heavily genre-affiliated Telescopes. [8½]

The Telescopes

The Telescopes @ The Deep

Having the honor of closing the main stage, and the festival as a whole, I’m not sure what I had initially expected of The Telescopes. - Perhaps something a bit more melodic. However, following in the sonic footsteps leading up to them by Telstar Sound Drone, Telescopes unleashed a plethora of truly malicious drone rock and shoegazing which had parts of the crowd feeling massively excited, whilst others were hastily heading for the bar. As far as closers go, this was indeed an uncompromising one. With the track “Perfect Needle”, Telescopes reached my personal highlight of the set – being the only part I truly recognized out of the utterly cacophonic, noise-rock and shoegaze exploits of the band. Their charisma on stage was surprisingly effective, leading one member to also join the audience for extended periods of time. However, they were sadly yet another band I couldn’t really get into at the time. Nonetheless, the set was rather solid and managed to sway me at times. [7]

And that was the tale of my experiences at the very first edition of Copenhagen Psych Fest. A learning process as it was, there are experiences that the organizers behind the festival can take with them for a repeat event. Schedule-slips and chaotic merchandise booths aside, the event was, in my humble opinion, something of a success which could easily warrant a repeat event. Either way, I’ll be waiting to see what will happen to the celebration of psychedelic music and people. Thanks for the trip, Copenhagen Psych Fest. I’ll hopefully see you all next time.

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