Announcements for the summer festival season are getting under way in earnest this week. Tech Fest launched their tickets sales by confirming heavyweights Between The Buried And Me and Protest The Hero for their event in July, whilst today has seen Hevy throw their hat in the ring with a couple of massive coups of their own.
The name that will immediately jump out from the poster is Refused. Now, I’ve made my thoughts on Refused and their new album clear over the past 12 months, but I have to admit that the one time I saw them after their reformation I was severely hungover and so I’d love to give them another go; a fair shake of the dice if you will.
The second name, SikTh, will also excite many. Another band revived from the dead, and with their own new material released in 2015, they went down a treat at both Download and Tech Fest in 2014, and on their headline tour at the end of last year. There’s not much else like SikTh in full flow.
The remainder of the bill is a mixture of familiar faces. We know Basick Records trio No Consequence, Devil Sold His Soul and Murdock well – we’ve seen each more than once, and they all put on a great show. DSHS in particular are well known to Hevy crowds, having played in 2010, 2012 and 2014, but No Consequence put out the album of their career last year, and Irish technical hardcore trio Murdock will absolutely melt faces.
There are some fairly big names amongst the others, including While She Sleeps, H2O and Gnarwolves. Hacktivist return for the second year running, and then the pack is rounded out by Krokodil, Forever Never, Vukovi, and When Our Time Comes. Good times.
If you’re unfamiliar with any, we’ve made the following handy playlist to acclimate you!
The festival has a new home in Newhaven, Derbyshire, which will hopefully make attendance a lot more viable for our brethren further north; previously it was held at Port Lympne in Kent, tucked away in the south east corner of the UK. Tickets are on sale via the website. We’ll see you there, August 19th and 20th!