Last Day Deaf is more than proud to announce that is one of the Media Partners for the Vernal Equinox festival that will take place at The Continental, South Meadow Lane.Preston, UK within 3-5 March.

Within the very next days, interviews will be hosted on the site with some of the festival’s participants (stay tuned!), a contest (within the day), and a photo tribute post-event (fingers crossed!).

The event is co-organised by  Tuff Life Boogie, Concrète Tapes & They Eat Culture.

Press release

Vernal Equinox is an exciting new festival in Preston pulling together different strands of underground music over a stellar weekend at The Continental, an arts hub and real ale pub/restaurant in a beautiful location by the riverside, at the bottom of a city centre park. Taking place between Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th March, Vernal Equinox has a  Folk/Psych/Wyrd theme and is presenting some exceptional acts for a weekend ticket of just £20!

In reverse order, Sunday headliners are nu folk superstars Trembling Bells, who are performing two sets, one showcasing their own material and the other with Mike Heron, paying tribute to their 60s forebears The Incredible String Band, preceded on Saturday by a rare Northern set from the super-accomplished Medway folk rock act Galley Beggar (just about to release their second album for Lee Dorian’s Rise Above label) and blissed out Kosmiche rock outfit Mugstar, topping the bill on Friday’s psych-themed day.

Other stand-out acts over the weekend include:

Alasdair Roberts Trio –  one of the best modern folk musicians and songwriters around his new album ‘Pangs‘ is out on Drag City this month.

Gnod – the Salford psych tribe, about to drop their best ever album ‘Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine.’  Gnod will be playing an exclusive synth/drone set on the Concrète Tapes stage (Preston’s electronica cassette label)

King Champion Sounds – expansive Dutch rockers featuring G.W.Sok (The Ex) on vocals, KCS will soundtrack the classic 20s film “Man With A Movie Camera” – a UK exclusive performance;

CLONES – debut performance from the even scarier alter-egos of mask-clad Preston doom-metallers Evil Blizzard (Evil Blizzard’s Mark Whiteside also appears during the weekend, solo, as One Sided Horse);

Tricca McNiff – sublime acoustic duo blending West Coast harmonies with gritty Americana

Plus: Dickensian acid folk from Dodson and Fogg; astonishing folk-metal act Crumbling Ghost ; Lancaster garage rockers Pill Fangs and Throbbing Gristle-influenced boy band Vukovar.

Also:  Two members of legendary Preston 90s noiseniks Dandelion Adventure, (remembered  for their Sonic Youth-baiting mini LP ‘Puppy Shrine’) Ajay and Fat Mark play together for the first time in 25 years, teaming up with another local legend Dave Chambers (ex Cornershop) playing motorik psych-laced rock as The Common Cold.  The festival kicks off on Friday with an ensemble of University of Central Lancashire Music students on the Concrète Tapes stage, also featuring members of experimental group Ex-Easter Island Head, performing Terry Riley’s minimalist classic ‘In C’.

Early bird tickets for the whole weekend are still available at just £20, with day tickets starting at £10, in person from the Continental Bar/Action Records or online at

Event Details:

Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March (6.00pm start except Sunday 4.30pm)

The Continental, South Meadow Lane Preston.

Friday line up (two stages) :

Main stage: Mugstar, King Champion Sounds (soundtrack ‘Man With A Movie Camera’ film), Pill Fangs, The Common Cold, Vukovar.

Concrète Tapes Stage: Gnod, CLONES (Evil Blizzard), The Condor Moments, UCLan Music play Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

Saturday line up:

Galley Beggar, Crumbling Ghost, Newts, One-Sided Horse, Sweeney Astray

Sunday line up :

Trembling Bells, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Mike Heron and Trembling Bells play The Incredible String Band songbook, Tricca McNiff, Dodson & Fogg, Howie Reeve

More info here: