Acidica Lightshow

 

ACIDICA LIGHTSHOW 1969 - 1979

 

DECADE OF THRILLS

 

John Andrews’ UK-based ACIDICA lightshow was the biggest and baddest of them all. Conceived in a haze of LSD, Amphetamines and Marijuana, Andrews took his influences from the West Coast’s greatest light artists and then added "BALLS".
At it’s peak, the thirty projector show, operated by five technicians, blew the minds of
thousands, working with bands such as the MC5, Pink Faries, Hawkwind, Zorch and Sphinx on the Free Festival and Benefit circuit.
An archive of over 5,000 Slides, Film-Loops, and Special Effects, punctuated with Lasers and Liquid Projections ensured that the audience would be left suffering from acute visual shock.
"On a good night the entire thing would take over completely. We would leave the gig with the images burnt into our brains for days, it was a real laugh".

 

Andrews continues his association with the lighting industry as an internationally respected designer of commercial kinetic effects and is also the creative director of Motorgraphic, one of the UK's leading motorsport sponsorship companies.

 

Other original crew members have not faired so well, Nick Stratton is serving life for
murder. Bill Pick and Paul Twist committed suicide in the early ‘80’s and Tom Bradley became a priest before dying from a heroin over-dose..............

 

All images courtesy of John Andrews Archive  ©1969-2001

Reno '94

Acidica & Steve Hillage

Nik Turner in Liquid Len T-shirt

Acidica Glastonbury Rig

Acidica Rig

Acidica Rig - Sussex University

Acidica 'Production Line'

More Acidica 'Production Line'

The 'Opticon'

Electric Robin

Zorch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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