An all-acoustic festival brings to mind horrifying ranks of guitar-toting troubadours, but this festival, with no amplification or electronics of any kind, instead showed the astonishing health of the UK avant-garde.
At no point did the quality drop below world class, and all of it without a lick of electricity.
Ben Beaumont-Thomas' five-star review of the festival in Guardian Culture. Read the full review, here.
It is to the great credit to the organisers at Wysing Arts Centre that Polyphonic had something of the idealism, critical edge and productive energy of the late 1960s. This kind of event is a truly valuable addition the contemporary cultural landscape.
Luke Naessen's review in Thisistomorrow. Read the full review, here.
... generally there were many and varied forms of humour on offer at Wysing this year.
David McKenna finds the humour in Wysing Polyphonic for The Quietus. Read the full review, here.