Summer is now just around the corner and this means that the festival circuit is about to get into full swing, with a plethora of bands showcasing their latest material in the glorious (well, hopefully) summer sun.
Cosmosis Festival however is a little different. Taking place in Manchester on Saturday 12th March, Cosmosis is an ‘alternative festival of psychedelic music and arts’, and even though you’d consider it “small”, compared to other festivals, the bands it has snapped up to play this year are far from it.
This year the festival has managed to get not one, but two of music’s biggest names, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. They sit at the top of the bill and both look set to play career-spanning sets, with the grandfathers of pysch rock The Brian Jonestown Massacre playing the Air stage (the festivals’ “main” stage) followed by The Jesus and Mary Chain on the night (full stage times here). This coup alone is sure to bring people in droves from far and wide, and that’s only scratching the surface.
Post-punk legends Wire also make an appearance, playing the Earth stage along with the relativity new duo Sleaford Mods (championed by no other than Anton Newcombe himself), who are set to make sure the festival has it’s fair share of swearing. Of Montreal will also play, along with the likes of The Raveonettes and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. It’s worth noting that some of the bands i’ve mentioned thus far don’t even come under the “psychedelic” tag; an indication of the festival’s intentions to get the best acts it can to play at the festival, regardless of genre. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s a shortage of the standard psychedelic acts this year, with bands such as LSD and the Search for God, Allah-Las and The Black Delta Movement all supplying us with the fuzz. Be sure to also keep an eye out for new and upcoming homegrown talent in the form of PINS, Cabbage and Freakout Honey, all being Manchester-based bands.
If you want a break from the live music on show however, there’s loads of other things on offer there, from street food to art installations, space cinema to ‘mind bending immersive experiences’, various exhibits, dj sets and many, many more things. It seems there’s always going to be something to see or do, and I personally can’t wait, plus I finally get to see the mighty Brian Jonestown Massacre live after what feels like a lifetime of waiting to see them.
Down the rabbit hole we go.
Check out our Cosmosis Festival playlist on Spotify below: