Helsinki Psych Fest has been a hallmark of psychedelic music in the Finnish capital for years. However, for this year’s new edition, the festival was downscaled a bit and renamed Love Potion Psych Fest. It took place at the cozy Playhouse Bar in the old industrial surroundings of Vallila, Helsinki, on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, 2023.
On Saturday, we were treated to a diverse lineup, starting with the noise artist MOTHER JOONAS, followed by the lighter, more pop-leaning approach of KLARA LAFLEUR and the back-to-the-basics rock of JOSS COPE AND THE BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL. Then, it was time to hit the throttle with the fantastic Polish visitors ACIDSITTER, who got the audience dancing with their energy. For something different, there was a viewing of the folk horror short movie “Lov666rboi” by THE UFO CULT band. The night came to an end with the extravaganza of THE CHIEFS and the beautiful progressive rock sounds of OCTOPIE.
Check our photos from the festival’s second day here…
Joss Cope and the Beautiful Animal
Lov666rboi – The UFO Cult short film
Photos by Arto Alho