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Betsy Announces UK Tour

Betsy has confirmed a series of intimate dates around the UK this May, in support of new single 'Waiting' (out now via Warner Brothers / Columbia Records). Following a breathtaking appearance on BBC Introducing's Maida Vale, the 5-date UK run will include London's Moth Club on May 15th.  Affecting and uplifting, latest single 'Waiting', writes Betsy, "is about that fire and excitement you feel when you meet someone new, fall hook, line and sinker, and it feels like you've been waiting your whole life for them.”

Betsy is now putting the finishing touches to her debut album, which will dig deeper into her unlikely musical background. She was born on a goose farm in rural Wales, finding her voice from campfire sing-alongs and the local eisteddfod (where she boldly covered Rage Against The Machine) to the powerhouse vocalists within her parents’ vintage record collection.

Keen to pursue a career in music she was encouraged by her hard-working family to find a fall-back, and moved to London to study fashion design at Central St Martins. One distraction led to another when Betsy was invited to design catwalk for the esteemed Balenciaga in Paris: an intense, exhilarating experience filled with fascinating characters, but one that ultimately ate into her songwriting.

And so Betsy returned to Wales, swapping what many of her peers deemed the job of a lifetime for a grotty caravan in her brother’s garden (which you can glimpse across much of her artwork). Soon, there was no stopping her – Betsy furiously set about making music again, teaching herself the art of GarageBand and essentially challenging herself to write her way out of the caravan.

People got an early glimpse via a collaboration with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, who reworked Betsy’s early solo demo of ‘Endless Love’ into the pair’s acclaimed single. The caravan’s door was then firmly kicked down in 2016, with acclaimed early singles 'Fair', 'Lost & Found' and 'Wanted More'. Blowing up vulnerable, intimate moments into widescreen and empowering pop, 'Waiting' confirms Betsy as one of the year's stand-out new voices.

May 11 | Cardiff | Clwb Ifor Bach

May 12 | Pembrokeshire | Newport Memorial Hall

May 13 | Wrexham | Focus Wales Central Station

May 14 | Manchester | Soup Kitchen

May 15 | London | Moth Club

First Line-Up Announcements For Liverpool PsychFest

Joining this year’s subsonic trip are The Black Angels (USA). Through their impeccable musical output over the past 12 years and their annual psych-Mecca gathering in Austin, Texas, The Black Angels have reignited the psychedelic flame for the PZYK generation. Also joining up will be Songhoy Blues: hailing from the town of Gao in north-eastern Mali, Songhoy Blues came together in Bamako naming themselves in celebration of their displaced Songhoy people and culture. Their debut album, Music In Exile, produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, was released to widespread acclaim in February 2015 with feverish enthusiasm for their rare UK live shows.

Elsewhere are psychedelic trailblazers Loop, former Stereolab front-woman Laetitia Sadier and much evangelised dub industrialist Adrian Sherwood, as well as returning PZYK stars Wolf People (of storied US label Jagjaguwar) and Californian doom-troupe White Manna. The Mercury-nominated jazz/psych/electronic meanderings of The Comet Is Coming add another flavour to the bill, as do Parisian duo Acid Arab and gorgeous, neo-psychedelic adventurers Julie’s Haircut.

There will be further swathe of artists – including additional headliners – announced in the coming months; but head to liverpoolpsychfest.com now to read up on the PZYK 2017 Congregation thus far. 

 

Weekend tickets for Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017 will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 3 March, priced at £80. Tickets will be available through liverpoolpsychfest.com

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