As the 3rd of September approaches, we are brimming with excitement here for the amazing Manchester Psych Fest to Albert Hall and many other venues in Manchester. The festival has been on an upward trajectory since its initial inception, and has fast become a Manchester institution, uniting all things strange and far out into one! We’re delighted to be the Main Stage for 2022, hosting acts such as Deja Vega, Jane WeaverKurt Vile, and more. In preparation, we’ve curated a list of some of the best acts you don’t want to miss, from all across the festival!

We’re kicking things off with the amazing Black Midi, and if for some reason you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years we recommend their latest release Hell Fire as a good jumping-off point. We can’t wait to hear tracks like Welcome To Hell and Eat Men Eat!



Albert Hall alumni The Coral will be playing the fest and we already know these boys are something else when it comes to playing live. After a hiatus during the 2010s, it’s great to have the guys back doing what they do best. The Merseyside five-piece have some classic tracks such as Dreaming Of You, but their latest album Coral Island is just as great!

Dream Wife still feels as fresh as they did back when they first hit the scene in 2016 and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Their raw melodic punk sound is ever-evolving and we cannot recommend catching a Dream Wife set more! Check out their debut self-titled album and get ready for one hell of a performance.

Manchester-based Freak Slug is whimsical and determined, a real star on the rise. Her music is empowering and catchy and is someone we are very excited to catch at this year’s PSYCH fest. Check out her track Underwater here.



Keg, the seven-piece hailing from Brighton, are…wild. They are pushing boundaries and have ripped up the rule book, burnt all the pages, and flushed the ashes down the toilet. They have described their debut EP as an assault to the senses, we recommend checking it out!

High School will be flying in from sunny Melbourne for the festival. Even though they were born halfway across the planet there is a twinge of that ’80s industrial Manchester sound in their releases. Tracks like Frosting give off that early New Order/Joy Division sound, and we are here for it!



Speaking of the sun, Spanish band Hinds will be playing across the weekend. It’s crazy to think Hinds have been playing shows and releasing music for over a decade now, and it’s looking like they will be doing so for many more years to come. Their latest release, The Prettiest Curse, is a graduation for the band, it’s an amazing record showcasing The band’s ambition and versatility.

Tinariwen hail from Algeria and take inspiration from their North African landscape, particularly the Saharan backdrop. Pioneers in desert blues and one of the most unique and groundbreaking acts on this year’s lineup, Tinariwen are not to be missed.





Make sure to grab tickets for Manchester Psych Fest here!