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 less than a week left until 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.
Continuing our 5 minute special we had the pleasure in chatting to an act who has inspired us with his solid releases over the last few years, we’ve been desperate to see this man perform and finally ArcTanGent has given us that opportunity. We spoke to Jeff T. Smith a.k.a. Juffage, who is a firm favourite of ours and we can assure you his set will be compelling and a must see. Juffage, a sound artist and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds creates ambitious and technical orchestrations.
You’re playing this years ArcTanGent- How excited are you?
About 9 years ago I used to be in this band called Mammoths Melting out of the Ice!?! who once played a show with Fall of Troy at Howard’s Club H in Bowling Green, Ohio. At some point during our last song, their bassist ran on stage while I was playing guitar and firmly squeezed my entire package. If ArcTanGent is going to be anything like the last time I played with Fall of Troy, then I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited.
What stage are you playing and what can we look forward to from your live set?
I’m playing Friday the 21st, bright and early on the PX3 Stage at 12pm. HIGH NOON! If you like solidly-written oddball drone/pop music you might look forward to this.
Which acts are you desperate to see perform and why?
Deerhoof, Vessels and Cousin are all really good live, so I can definitely recommend watching them. Also, lots of bands I’ve known about for a while but haven’t had the chance to see yet!
Why is ArcTanGent special to you?
It’s an institution now, right? I’ve heard lots of good things about it, so am pretty excited to be involved this year!
Give us some festival advice-what do we need to bring with us for this weekend? Do we need to prepare ourselves!
If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve been to a festival before so I’m not sure what other tips I can provide. Don’t shit your pants? Are you planning on taking some snacks?
Editors Note: We hope packages are left untouched this time but thank you so much for the time and we look forward to seeing you. Juffage is currently touring the UK right now- we wish you the best.
Keep an eye out for a few more artist interviews to follow but now we are in the final countdown, what are you waiting for, get that tent by the door ready for your weekend escape, put on a special tangent playlist and get ready to enjoy this years arc!