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This year’s Techabilitation to be in honour of Alex Todd-Weller

Techabilitation 2014

The UK tech-metal scene considers itself less a crowd of genre lovers and more a family. We at The Monolith like to think of ourselves as part of this loving unit, and so it was with great sadness that we watched last week’s search for missing Invocation drummer Alex Todd-Weller come to the worst possible conclusion. Only 21, Alex went missing in the early hours of Monday 8th September and never made it home.

For those who loved him, knew him, and even just met him, he was by all accounts a top guy, and even those who didn’t – myself included – have felt the emotional drain keenly.

It is quite fitting, then, that today’s latest UK Tech Fest announcement – for the autumnal Techabilitation all-dayer in south London – dedicates the show to Alex. We think this is entirely fitting, and will give everyone a chance to pay their respects in a setting with which he was by all accounts very comfortable.

The announcement also lays out the lineup, which includes a raft of Tech Fest favourites, but also puts Alex’s band Invocation at the top of the bill.

70% of the bands on the bill also played the main Tech Fest event in July – barring the headliner, A Trust Unclean and Ariyah – but it’s only the latter of those we’ve not seen before, so we can pretty much guarantee top bang for your buck (which you only need part with six of). We’ve been mightily impressed with newcomers No Sin Evades His Gaze, are pretty much groupies of The Sun Explodes now, and based on the number of times we’ve seen them this summer (at least four or five), know Carcer City will absolutely smash everyone to pieces.

As well as the tribute, the show will act as a very necessary buffer between Tech Fests 14 and 15 – after the last, there was a collective mourning and many kilos of chocolate consumed to battle the post-fest blues – and the festival’s friendly atmosphere will no doubt be in full effect.

Things are going to be emotional no doubt, so it’s not one to miss.

Get yourselves down to the Scream Lounge in Croydon on Saturday 11th October. You’ll have to miss Opeth at the Roundhouse in order to catch the whole thing, but it’ll be worth it.