UK Tech Fest now only a month away!
Oh boy, it’s nearly that time again!
We’ve been to the last three of the four total UK Tech Fests, organised by tech metal uberfan Simon Garrod and his team every year to promote what it surely one of the tightest and most inclusive heavy music scenes in the country.
Every twelve months, hundreds of fans descend on what is now the festival’s home at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire, having spent the previous year saving their pennies not for the megaliths of Download Festival or Reading/Leeds, but to spend 4 days basking in complicated riffs, big grooves, and the occasional swarm of cockchafers. Less a festival and more a family reunion, it has been growing steadily, and it’s very close to our hearts – so much so that we are sponsoring it this year by supplying the fabric wristbands the punters have been crying out for since the beginning.
Now in its fifth iteration, the organisers have kept their cards close to their chest on the final lineup, but today has seen them lay it all out (steady on), adding a final batch of 22 acts to bring the total up to 55 – ALL of which you will conceivably be able to see, should you energy reserves hold for the entire weekend, because that’s just how the scheduling rolls.
Probably the biggest name of the newbies, Haken, return for a second consecutive appearance to support Between The Buried And Me and Textures on the Carillion Guitars Main Stage on Sunday, no doubt off the back of their stunning new album Affinity. Other returnees include Scottish noodlers Sithu Aye, who will top the Hands On Printing Second Stage on Saturday, as well as Monolith favourites Visions, From Sorrow To Serenity, No Sin Evades His Gaze, Belial, The Dali Thundering Concept, Invocation and Atlantis Chronicles.
Slated to appear in 2015 yet unable to, and headlining the early bird Thursday, are Napoleon, who will surely be playing most of their new record Newborn Mind. The other newbies include The Schoenberg Automaton, Zygoma, Pravitas, Novena, Jonestown, Dividium, Fall Of The Archetype, Seek Solace In Ruin, Searu, Deities, For The Oracle and On Hollow Ground.- most of whom we are currently unfamiliar with. This will all change of course, but it’s testament to the team who undoubtedly have their finger on the pulse of the tech metal underground, and are happy to give opportunities to unknown bands.
They all join the likes of Animals As Leaders, Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me, Intervals, Fallujah, Textures, Plini and so many, many more.
Weekend tickets are on sale via the main website at £69.99 + £20 for camping. Follow the festival via the below links for lots of updates before, during and after the main event, which runs Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th July.
If you in the area, there are three one-day events taking place in London, Glasgow and Manchester before the main festival. Brilliant lineups all; get your £8 advance tickets via the Facebook event pages:
Tech Fest 2016 Glasgow All Dayer - Saturday June 11th
Tech Fest 2016 London All Dayer – Saturday June 18th
Tech Fest 2016 Manchester All Dayer – Sunday July 3rd