First bands for ArcTanGent 2015 announced – tickets on sale
ArcTanGent is fast becoming one of the must-visit stops in the independent British festival circuit. Whilst not as “heavy” as some that we normally cover, it’s absolutely essential for fans of post-rock, post-metal and the mathier elements of the rock spectrum. We’ve had people there for the last two years, and they each had a whale of a time.
So when the festival dropped the knowledge regarding its first lot of bands over the weekend, our ears perked up – and it’s already looking like a doozy.
The big name is of course The Dillinger Escape Plan. It doesn’t get much bigger or mathier than the Morris Plains band, and they’ll be a massive draw for the growing festival, now in its third year. They’re absolutely nuts live, and are certainly worthy of a headlining slot. ArcTanGent do have a history with this kind of act – Baby Godzilla have played for the past two years – so as long as the stage manager is fine with setting up a basket side-of-stage to have kittens in, all will be well.
65daysofstatic are another big one on the bill, and are actually a returning band – they headlined in 2013, and whilst my cohort Simon wasn’t entirely swept away, the rest of the audience was fairly enthused with their show, which half-way resembles “a ‘normal’ gig and some form of futuristic rave”, which is likely to appeal to a fair number of people. They’re experimental, but by gods they’re good at it.
Monolith favourites The Algorithm will also be in attendance, bringing a glitchy, knob-twisting slant to proceedings. We’ve seen Rémi and co a fair amount over the last 3 years, and with new two albums under his belt and new material on the way, it’s sure to be a good show.
Other picks for us include post-metallers Latitudes, who have gone from strength to strength over the years, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster, and Scots Vasa.
Beyond that, there are a lot of unfamiliar names – for me at least – but that’s sort of the fun of this festival; the quality is generally high, and the music interesting enough to at least be worth your time, if not a few quid at the merch booth.
ArcTanGent 2015 will take place between August 20th and 22nd. Tickets are on-sales from this location, and we’ll most likely see you there!