UK Tech Fest 2016: what’s good?
Celebrating it’s fifth year this year, UK Tech Fest has come back stronger than ever with a multinational line up of the best in progressive music alongside cherry picked beacons of light from the UK underground.
With a line up this strong it’s hard to pick just five bands to see when all of them deserve your utmost attention. But alas; here are five bands you SHOULD be watching at Tech Fest 2016.
Playing: Thursday, 5:00pm – Hands On Printing Stage
Scotland’s Akord have been on my radar since late 2014 when they hit the UK for a tour with Tech Fest stalwarts Exist Immortal. Prior to that, the band had hit Download Festival and have since been slowly pulling together their debut album, which is scheduled for release on June 27th.
Akord’s groovy brand of pop prog could see them likened to bands from Karnivool to Biffy Clyro, but comparisons aside, the band bring a frenetic and electric live show that is both tight and powerful – definitely not to be missed!
Playing: Thursday, 7:00pm – Hands On Printing Stage
Visions are an interesting group; in their formative years they hid under the guise of a tech metal band. Their approach was much like their contemporaries and because of this I never found myself in love with their output.
Fast forward to 2016 and Visions have just dropped a monster of an album. Shake The Earth is an exercise in progressive post-hardcore brilliance. The chaps know how to write a riff or five, and if you caught their last appearance at Tech Fest in 2013, you’ll see how the band has grown into a group of which everyone should be taking note!
Playing: Saturday, 8:00pm – Carillion Guitars Stage
I’m sure there are very few people who are going to this year’s edition of UK Fest and aren’t aware of Fallujah, the finest purveyors of atmospheric deathcore.
Coming off the back of their third full length Dreamless, which saw release back in April, these guys bring the riffs, the heavy and the atmospherics and it’s a genuine surprise that Fallujah are only now making their Tech Fest debut.
Protest The Hero
Playing: Saturday, 9:30pm – Carillion Guitars Stage
Protest The Hero need no introduction; their reputation as one of the finest and most engaging live acts on the planet makes them an unmissable prospect.
With a setlist sure to be chock full of fan favourites and cuts from their latest Pacific Myth EP, this is one set you can’t afford to miss because you drank too much, or got had by the nerf hit squad. Fucking be there!
Playing: Sunday, 1:30pm – Carillion Guitars Stage
Denmark’s Ghost Iris are another band making their Tech Fest debut and what a debut it’s going to be. These guys are a melting pot of everything that Tech Fest holds dear. Are they heavy? Yes. Do they bring the melody? Of course! Do they djent? Occasionally…but one thing is for certain. When these chaps take to the main stage on Sunday morning. Prepare to be entertained!
The stage times have just been released, so take a gander for the full line-up including the latest changes: