Adam reels off his five bands to watch at Tech Fest 2015
All this week, each of The Monolith writers going to UK Tech Fest are running down their 5 top picks for the weekend. First up we had Chris; now here are mine!
Playing: Saturday – 8:00pm, Main Stage + Sunday, 2:30pm, Main Stage (acoustic)
Tech Fest will be the first time I’ll get to see the progressive Icelanders in action, and their heady and emotionally-charged music will come as both full and acoustic sets at this year’s festival.
Agent Fresco will be making their festival debut on the back of their latest single “See Hell“, which blends together the old and the new. The two sets are guaranteed to be a highlight of the weekend, and will stir feelings that you didn’t know you had. And remember, you might be a beefy man and you may even lift, but it’s still alright to cry!
Playing: Saturday – 12:00pm, Second Stage,
Probably one of the freshest bands on the bill, Clockwork have a new singer in the form of tech metal sweetheart Will Young…no, not that one. They’re ready to take on the world, and with a fresh blend of melody and brutality will whip the life into a hungover crowd when these guys take to the stage early on Saturday afternoon. You won’t want to miss this, I promise you!
Playing: Sunday – 6:00pm, Main Stage
Haken are a band I’ve been following since I happened upon their first album Aquarius back in 2010. In these five years I’ve seen these guys go from strength to strength – but alas, the opportunity to see these chaps has forever evaded me. Whilst I’m sure their setlist will draw from the three previous cuts, part of me also hopes that UK Tech Fest will serve as a chance to road test some music from their upcoming new album.
You’ll find Haken on the main stage on Sunday night shortly before Monuments.
Playing: Friday - 8:00pm, Main Stage
Leprous are a spectacular band. I mean, when the legendary Ihsahn taps you for his live touring band, you know you’re doing something right. On top of that, their latest and freshest album The Congregation is one of the finest metal releases this year, and these progressive Nords will lay Newark to waste in all of the most beautiful ways.
You’ll find them on the main stage on Friday just before headliners Betraying The Martyrs.
Voices From The Fuselage
Playing: Saturday – 1:30pm, Main Stage
One of the most epic bands on the bill this year, VFTF’s cinematic soundscapes come backed up with the vocals of former TesseracT vocalist Ashe O’Hara. Their debut LP Odyssey: The Destroyer Of Worlds is one of the best progressive releases of the year thus far, and seeing this in a live setting is only going to magnify the exceptional level of songwriting these guys possess. You’d be a fool to miss these! A bloody fool!
More later in the week from Simon, Ryan and William!