3

Cerebrating the seismic lives of
Syd Barrett & Arthur Lee

A Full Lunar Month of Cerebrations

Sat Saturday
Sun Sunday
Mon Monday
Tue Tuesday
Wed Wednesday
Thu Thursday
Fri Friday
Day 1: Saturday Jul 7th
Day 2: Sunday Jul 8th
Day 3: Monday Jul 9th
Day 4: Tuesday Jul 10th
Day 5: Wednesday Jul 11th
Day 6: Thursday Jul 12th
Day 7: Friday Jul 13th
Day 8: Saturday Jul 14th
Day 9: Sunday Jul 15th
Day 10: Monday Jul 16th
Day 11: Tuesday Jul 17th
Day 12: Wednesday Jul 18th
Day 13: Thursday Jul 19th
Day 14: Friday Jul 20th
Day 15: Saturday Jul 21st
Day 16: Sunday Jul 22nd
Day 17: Monday Jul 23rd
Day 18: Tuesday Jul 24th
Robert Graves’ Birthday
Day 19: Wednesday Jul 25th
Cerebration
Day 20: Thursday Jul 26th
C. G. Jung
Aldous Huxley
Mick Jagger
Day 21: Friday Jul 27th
Full Moon
Day 22: Saturday Jul 28th
Cerebration
Day 23: Sunday Jul 29th
Suicide of Vincent Van Gogh
Day 24: Monday Jul 30th
Cerebration
Day 25: Tuesday Jul 31st
Cerebration
Day 26: Wednesday Aug 1st
Death of Abiezer Coppe
Birth of Jerry Garcia
Day 27: Thursday Aug 2nd
Death of William S. Burroughs
Day 28: Friday Aug 3rd
Death of Arthur Lee

Hear Ye, Hear ye – we’re ring­ing in the third SydArthur Fes­ti­val. Twelve years ago, in 2006, two psy­che­del­ic giants left this earth just 28 days apart. A full lunar month: how poet­ic. Such poet­ry in their deaths oblig­es us to come togeth­er under the moon to cel­e­brate, nay cer­e­brate, for the entire time between Syd Barrett’s wax­ing and Arthur Lee’s Waning.

By dint of hav­ing died just one lunar month apart, Syd and Arthur have giv­en us the rich oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a car­ni­val time of this serendip­i­tous cos­mic acci­dent. Acci­dent? Do the heroes of west­ern cul­ture move in any less mys­te­ri­ous man­ner than the gods of ancient times? Let’s take advan­tage of their overt poet­ry, of their celes­tial dance, and avail our­selves of the chance to build the first tru­ly psy­chic and near-reli­gious rock’n’roll fes­ti­val. For this is – in the psy­che­del­ic spir­it of its two major play­ers – a mind-man­i­fest­ing fes­ti­val. No pricey tick­ets, no camp­ing like sar­dines in some infer­nal swamp. For those of you who choose to engage in these pro­ceed­ings, you may do so from your own homes, your favourite areas, but most specif­i­cal­ly from with­in your own minds.

Between the pil­lars of Arthur and Syd lies a rich fer­tile land inhab­it­ed by a mul­ti­tude of psy­che­del­ic events and of artists, authors and prac­ti­tion­ers whose births and deaths fall with­in this 28-day peri­od. These too are venerated.

Let us put our minds togeth­er, deeply con­sid­er these peo­ple and events, and in doing so har­ness the ener­gy of their seis­mic actions. Over­all, dur­ing this moon tour let us con­scious­ly raise our Col­lec­tive Consciousness.