The number of amazing rock festivals taking place this year is frankly staggering. And one of the best lineups, even in the face of such strong competition, is ArcTanGent Festival in Bristol, which takes place on 16-18 August.
The ultimate festival for math-rock, post-rock, noise rock, alt-rock and more, which will be headlined by the mighty Glassjaw, alongside Shellac, And So I Watch You From Afar, La Dispute and Arcane Roots, today announced a further 21 additional bands to the lineup. Latest additions include Danish rockers møl, who we introduced you to a couple of weeks ago, Australian rockers Plini, Canterbury’s sludge metal titans OHHMS, as well as Midlands post-sludge quartet Conjurer and Manchester’s Pijn, who’ll be working on a joint project called Curse These Metal Hands, which sounds fascinating.
On their addition to the lineup and teaming up with Pijn, Conjurer said: “When ATG and Holy Roar approached us to do a collaboration, it was something that hadn’t really occurred to either band. We’d played a few shows together and were certainly mutual fans but we had to sit down and really think about whether this was feasible. After a pretty intense 12 hours of jamming and writing, we emerged with a track that will form the basis of our performance with the rest currently being written. This sounds nothing like either band and is arguably more expansive and ambitious than either of us have gone before – we’re honoured to have been asked to contribute to ATG 2018 and are excited to bring something new to the most exciting festival in the UK.”
A further addition to the festival, which will also be host to the likes of Zeal & Ardor, Black Peaks, Rolo Tomassi, Boss Keloid and Jamie Lenman, is Japan’s Mouse on the Keys. The Tokyo band has a unique sound formed by drums, two pianos and two keyboards while fusing rock, hardcore and heavy metal with early/contemporary classical, jazz and various dance music. It sounds utterly bonkers.
ArcTanGent organiser James Scarlett said: “Today we’re announcing 21 bands and I’m excited that this adds a real strength in depth to the ATG line up. What am I most excited about? Well we’ve commissioned Pijn & Conjurer to work together on a top secret project– I’m certain it will be amazing. Also, Taka from MONO is bringing his Behind the Shadow Drops project which features some truly spell-binding visuals. Everyone should head straight to our Spotify playlist now and check out the treats we have in store for themselves – my personal recommendations are Jean Jean, møl and Black Futures. Roll on the summer.”
The newly added bands in full are: Mouse on the Keys / Plini / Tides of Man / OHHMS / Poly-Math / Jean Jean / Pijn & Conjurer: Curse These Metal Hands / Conjurer / Blueneck / Boss Keloid / møl / Orchards / Halo Tora / Bad Sign / Natalie Evans / Death and the Penguin / Coldbones / Black Futures / Seven Colour Drive / Codices / Only Echoes Remain
ArcTanGent Festival takes place at Fernhill Farm in Bristol on 16-18 August 2018. Day tickets cost £60 while weekend tickets are available for just £99 now, get yours here.
The full list of bands on the impressive lineup to date is below. You can check them all out on the ATG Spotify playlist.
ArcTanGent lineup in full: