When you hear the name ArcTanGent, you don’t need an introduction. If you’re crazy for math-rock, post-rock, noise, experimental music and basically anything slightly out of the ordinary- then this respected festival is for you.
If you speak to any touring band, any established label, any music loving individual at any live show, you are guaranteed to talk about and asked if you’re attending this year’s ArcTanGent. The smaller sister festival of the equally renowned 2000 trees, and remarkably only in it’s third year, ArcTanGent festival lives up to it’s own legacy. It’s not just a weekend of incredible music they provide but they’ve curated their own solid music community, their own festival hub. The perfect combination of the best music and the best like- minded attendees.
The monumental line up features the likes of Cult of Luna, Mylets, LITE, CHON, pg.lost, Toundra, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deafheaven ,The Fall of Troy, 65daysofstatic, OHHMS, Alright The Captain, Cleft, Talons, Polymath, Deerhoof, Blanck Mass, Helms Alee, Mutiny On The Bounty, Delta Sleep, Axes, The Fierce & the Dead, Quadrupede, Emma Ruth Rundle, Lambhorn, Juffage, Bodyhound and many many more.
With just a few days left until this years colossal weekend kicks off at Fernhill Farm, it’s time for the fun to begin. Everywhere you look our fellow press lovelies are all talking and hyping Arctangent, they’re every bit excited as we are. Continuing over the next few days we will be chatting to a special handful of talented and unique acts playing this years line up; to find out why ArcTanGent is special to them and who those other acts are that they’re desperate to see perform.
In our next line up special, we had the pleasure in spending some time with the very heavy and powerful trio Alpha Male Tea Party. This band are proving unstoppable, and rightfully so. Easily a contender for one of the most heavier acts playing, Alpha Male Tea Party will guarantee their audience to be completely transfixed with each musician performing on stage- you won’t have time to look away and you won’t want to. The trio effortlessly create compelling and technical instrumentations capturing their own unique atmospherical momentum. This band has it all and we can’t wait to see them rightfully performing at this iconic festival.
What stage are you playing and what can we look forward to from your live set?
We’re on the Yokhai stage at 3pm sharp on Thursday, making us the very first band of the whole festival. You can expect loud noises and additional stage banter.
Which acts are you desperate to see perform and why?
Dillinger, Fall of Troy, Axes, Cleft, Black Peaks, Body Hound, Alright The Captain. To be honest, everybody, but fuck it, this lot.
Why is ArcTanGent special to you?
It’s the biggest and best festival for our kind of loser prog band. You can’t walk two minutes without seeing someone you’ve played with/to/on. But mainly for the inevitable moment at the Silent Disco when, three bottles of red in, I clamber onto the stage and make everybody play “Uptown Girl”, but half a second apart from each other, on loop, ad finitum, until our brains collectively expire, dribbling out of our ears and we devolve to the intellectual level of the average contestant on “Celebrity Love Island”.
Give us some festival advice-what do we need to bring with us for this weekend? Do we need to prepare ourselves!
It’s been said before, but bring a sodding football. 3pm, Bixler stage, Saturday, AMTP stick all. Oh, and don’t fuck it too early and go to bed three songs into Russian Circles’ headline set like I did last year. Pace yourself. A bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead.
Editors Note: You open the festival in style, thank you so much for spending time with us and we look forward to catching up in the field!
Keep an eye out for a few more artist interviews to follow in the final few days. Until then what are you waiting for, get that tent by the door ready for your weekend escape, get everything packed and put on a special tangent playlist and get ready to enjoy this years arc!