According to the sign at the gate there are no drugs at ArcTanGent. That being said, I am about to disclose a whirlwind of ineffably spectacular and ebullient events the likes of which will entice you to said festival with a narcotic fervour. I came to ArcTanGent as the blank canvas of this writing body and left a part of a greater work. Here I met the team of some of the most delightful misfits you will ever come across, here I found a place where I felt comfortable in my own skin. By Chad Murray
It’s somewhat difficult to sum up three days packed with music, of course, everyone has different highlights and what’s probably more important, new and interesting bands to explore. The only downside being that it is impossible to see everything!
At this year’s sublime iteration of ArcTanGent festival, I had the privilege of talking to James Spence, keyboardist and founding member of Rolo Tomassi. We discussed the festival, their transcendent new record Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It, and John Carpenter-esque keyboard patches.
“If you see me at ArcTanGent this weekend – remind me that I hate camping and festivals and to never do it again. Thanks” That was my Facebook status update on August 14, 2019. Three days later and my mind was changed completely. . . About one of those things. . .
For the first installment of today’s ArcTanGent takeover, John from Maybeshewill had a chat with Goc and James from the ATG Crew about the realities of running a festival, the ideals behind ArcTanGent, and plans for the future (ATG USA, anyone?!)
The weather gods hate math rock. That’s the only conclusion you can really come to after a third (out of four) successive wet Arctangent. It’s starting to feel vindictive but it didn’t distract too much from another blinding festival. By Dan Salter
“Everything is being cut – front line services, institutions. So you have to find ways to force debate; it’s much easier not to, but someone needs to start the conversation. If you actually sit down and think about the destruction, it’s fairly inhuman, it’s fairly indecent. And it takes a lot, well, it takes a Tory really, to argue for them. ” Hannah Morgan talks politics and genres with 65Daysofstatic at Arctanget
If getting the Albini seal of approval doesn’t tell you a festival is worth the punt, nothing does.
2014 was the year Arctangent grew up to be a proper festival. Last year was great but it’s easy to be a great festival in the blazing sunshine. The real test of a festival is whether it can stay great when the rain comes down and come down it did, especially the Friday night providing a suitably apocalyptic backdrop for the dark riffage of Russian Circles, yet Arctangent coped with it without missing a 13/4 beat. By Dan Salter
On a very damp Saturday afternoon at ArcTangent we ambush interviewed Rory and Sam from festival first timers Eschar.
Waking Aida have a new album on the cards – Full Heal – which has been produced by Jamie from Maybeshewill and is coming out on Robot Needs Home Recordings on 25th September. We took some time out at this year’s ArcTangent Festival to talk to both bands. By Hannah Morgan
Cult of Luna, Caspian, Meshuggah – ArcTanGent’s superb if soggy Saturday line-up was nigh on exhausting. Gaz Cloud donned the wellies and squelched his way through a muddy but magnificent 11 bands in 12 hours.
Dialects played ArcTangent for the first time this year. We caught up with Conor and Steven from the band for a quick chat just after they came off stage and still high on adrenaline. By Dan Salter
Chris Nicholls chooses his Battles and gets his Birds in Row as he previews the incredible line-ups on Thursday and Friday at ArcTangent 2019.
So, that was ArcTangent then? For the last 2 weeks or so I’ve been trying to put pen to paper to in some way describe what the festival was like and I’ve been coming up blank, but deadlines are looming so I’m just going to throw some words down & see what sticks. Unbelievable. Incredible. Exhilarating. Joyous. Celebratory. Life changing. By Dan Salter
Polymath were one of the craziest, funniest bands to play ArcTanGent 2015, so, naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to talk inflatable bananas and new releases with them. Hannah & Dan with the questions.
An interview from Frontierer’s extremely well received set at ArcTangent festival.
Here’s the lowdown on all the main players, plus a few recommendations from around the site, for the third and final day of this year’s ArcTanGent festival.
ArcTanGent 2018 – Giraffes? Giraffes! ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol, UK 18.08.2018 Photos by Ed Sprake
ArcTanGent 2018 – The Guru Guru ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol, UK 18.08.2018 Photos by Ed Sprake
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