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Psych Special: The festival scene

The irresistible rise of the psych fest.

As the modern psych scene has blown up, so have events worldwide, from Eindhoven to Perth to Oslo.

 SXSW offshoot Austin Psych Fest in 2008 was the first, organised by Black Angels band members Christian Bland and Alex Maas along with filmmaker Oswald James and illustrator Rob Fitzpatrick. Set in Texas, the crucible for US psych, what started as a one-dayer is now a 6,000-capacity, three-day happening renamed Levitation, with tentacles spreading to Chicago, Vancouver and Angers in France.

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