ArcTanGent Festival is only in its second year, but is already becoming one of the biggest events for post-rock, math-rock and other experimental genres. It is the first festival that I have been to where I’m guaranteed to miss some incredible bands just because they clash with other incredible bands. So in an attempt to plan my weekend to minimise disappointment I’ve been brushing up on all the bands. Sad? Probably. Here is part 1 which looks at the clashes on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stages on Friday 29th. Here is the clash finder.
We have also created a Spotify playlist that has most of the acts included. That is 14 hours of music for you to engross yourself in!
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SUFFER LIKE G DID – jazz | funk | instrumental | math-rock
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FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL – rock | ambient | instrumental | post-rock
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The first clash of the weekend and also one of the most difficult decisions. Luckily if you prefer math-rock over post-rock (or visa-versa) you won’t have a problem. It is going to be a last minute decision, but I am currently pulled towards FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL for their epic post-rock stylings. We’ll see what my hangover tells me to do!
NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY and MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS who will be playing on the ARC stage.
WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – alternative | metal | punk-rock | alternative-rock | groove-rock | math-rock | mathcore
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BIG JOAN – alternative | noise-rock | post-rock | punk | synth-rock
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This going to come down to how heavy you like your music. I will be in the YOHKAI stage having my ears bludgeoned by the disgustingly sludgy WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER. That pit is likely to make or break the rest of my weekend!
NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS and RUMOUR CUBES who will be playing on the ARC stage.
LOST IN THE RIOTS – rock | instrumental-rock | post-metal | post-rock
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OLYMPIANS – rock | drone | folk | indie | math-rock | pop
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If you read my review of LOST IN THE RIOTS’ latest album you will be heading towards the YOHKAI stage to check them out. I should be going to see OLYMPIANS as I’ve not seen them and they are pretty damn cool, but LITR are so good that I am really tempted just to go and see them again, especially to hear some of the new material.
NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with RUMOUR CUBES who will be playing on the ARC stage. DIAGONAL start immediately after these sets end, so you might need to run!
BATS – metal | rock | dance
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MEMORY OF ELEPHANTS – eclectic noise
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Real easy decision for me. MEMORY OF ELEPHANTS are not to be missed and I’ll have seen BATS a few days before at The Flapper in Birmingham. If you prefer your music instrumental then you’ll be with me in the BIXLER stage, but BATS live show is guaranteed to be energetic, loud and in your face.
PURSON – psychedelic-rock
100 ONCES – experimental | experimental-rock | instrumental-rock | math-rock | metal | progressive-rock | rock
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I’ve been waiting to see 100 ONCES tear shit up for ages so I will be there watching and throwing myself around to their noisy math. I cannot say that I know much about PURSON, but if you want trippy you ought to get down to YOHKAI.
ENEMIES – rock | pop-rock | post-rock
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TELLISON – alternative | indie-rock | rock
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Post-rock or Indie. It is an easy decision for me and I’ll be checking out ENEMIES, but if you lean more towards math than post you may want to check TELLISON out. They are just not for me.
TERA MELOS – alternative | experimental | indie | math-rock | progressive | punk
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CLEFT – 2-piece | instrumental | math-rock | rock | post-rock
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Ohhh, this clash hurts. If you like TERA MELOS then I am pretty sure you like CLEFT. I’ve managed to miss both bands live so I got a decision to make. As CLEFT are from the UK I am taking the chance to see TERA MELOS (and I am a gear nut so really need to see guitarist Nick Reinhart tap dance over all of his lovely pedals!)
MAYBESHEWILL – alternative | instrumental | post-rock | rock
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EL TEN ELEVEN – rock | electronic | experimental | indie-rock | instrumental | post-rock
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Originally nobody was clashing with MAYBESHEWILL, supposedly nobody wanted to clash with them. I am glad that has changed. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredible live. However they are far from my favourite band. If everyone was right about not wanting to clash with them then I’ll be the only person watching EL TEN ELEVEN. MAYBESHEWILL are touring their new album extensively though, so I recommend missing them at ArcTanGent and catching them elsewhere if you need to see them.
Next Wednesday: Part 2 looks at the clashes on the ARC and PX3 stage on Friday 29th.