Welcome to Facelift – a Canterbury scene portal!

Facelift was a fanzine which produced 19 issues between 1989 and 1999, containing  interviews, reviews, biographies and news of all the key players within what is known as the ‘Canterbury scene’. Over 10 years it produced 1000 pages and in excess of 300,000 mostly original words about the genre.

Since 2016 it has taken the form of a regular blog, all of which you can see at the menus on the right. The blog takes a more anecdotal path but will hopefully also pass on current information about the scene, which is still amazingly vibrant.

Both fanzine and blog aim(ed) to cover bands such as Soft Machine, Caravan, Hatfield and the North and National Health as well as musicians such as Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Steve Hillage

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Over 10 years in the fanzine we interviewed

  • Daevid Allen
  • Peter Blegvad
  • Bill Bruford
  • Mont Campbell
  • Steve Hillage
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • Hugh Hopper
  • Jakko
  • Dagmar Krause
  • Bill MacCormick
  • Phil Miller
  • Pip Pyle
  • Dave Sinclair
  • Richard Sinclair
  • Gilli Smyth
  • Ultramarine
  • Mike Wedgwood
  • Wizards of Twiddly

Parts of the fanzine’s 19 issues have been digitised here, alongside some unpublished material intended for issue 20. You can also buy box sets or individual issues of the magazine here.