Attendees of UK Tech Fest have been claiming the its superiority for a few years now, but now entering its fifth year, the festival is taking bold steps towards legitimising that claim.
The organisers dropped the second lot of bands this week, rounding out the main headline slots with Animals As Leaders joining the already-announced Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me, but there’s a huge pool of talent to be found outside these three. You can check the original announcement post for thoughts on those named in January, but what about the new guys?
Well, one of those announced is not so new. An absolute stand-out from 2015, Australian wizard Plini will be back for his second year. His Thursday night headline slot was a real highlight, receiving one of the warmest welcomes in the festival’s history, and we don’t see any reason why 2016 will be any different.
The rest are all UKTF virgins however. Intervals are perhaps the personal stand-out name, but there are strong first time appearances expected from the likes of de-oxygenated Swedes Humanity’s Last Breath, Strandberg-swinging guitarist Yvette Young and ‘authoritative’ (sorry) Parisians Novelists.
We also advise you to pack a spare face for Frontierer, a worldwide exclusive debut performance in much the same vein as Slice The Cake‘s last year, and whose frontman Chad Kapper will be pulling double duty in A Dark Orbit.
Rounding out the list are some lesser-known faces (at least to us) in Port Noir, She Must Burn, Ghost Iris, A Night In The Abyss, Loathe, Akord and Zephyr, but there’s plenty of time between now and July to get acquainted.
On that note, we’ve updated our big UKTF 2016 Spotify playlist, which you can listen to and follow below. Fair warning though: there are a few not-on-Spotify omissions, so make sure to go seek our Frontierer, A Night In The Abyss, and Loathe in your own time.
Until the next announcement, keep it djenty.