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Cerebrating the seismic lives of
Syd Barrett & Arthur Lee

A Full Lunar Month of Cerebrations

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

Hear Ye, Hear ye – we’re ringing in the fourth SydArthur Festival. Thirteen 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.