ArcTanGent begins tomorrow with their early entry line-up. One stage, eight bands. Check this out:


HEADLINER: And So I Watch You From Afar –  alternative | instrumental | rock

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Three Trapped Tigers –  electronica | experimental | post-rock | progressive rock

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TTNG –  rock | pop | math-rock | progressive

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The Physics House Band –  electronica | experimental | avant-garde | math-rock | post-rock | progressive rock | jazz

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Baby Godzilla – blues | noise | post-hardcore | rock

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Nordic Giants –  ambient | cinematic | post-rock | experimental | instrumental | ambient | downtempo | psychedelic

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The St. Pierre Snake Invasion – alternative

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Theo –  alternative | instrumental | math-rock

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More importantly; here is the final clash guide for the ARC and PX3 stages on Saturday 30th. You can catch the first three bands (THE WINCHESTER CLUB, LUO, GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE) on the ARC stage as they do not clash with anybody apart from a bit of an overlap with some of the bands on the YOHKAI ands BIXLER stages. Here is the clash finder. Here is our ArcTanGent 2014 Spotify playlist:

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Clash 1


BLUENECK –  alternative | post-rock | rock

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WICKET –  ambient | instrumental | rock | post-rock

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*sigh* What am I to do? Britain’s answer to Sigur Ros (without sounding too much like Sigur Ros) or some excellent, solid post-rock from a band with a biscuit loving drummer. That sentence should make the decision easy, but it really is not. One of the most bothering clashes of the weekend, for myself anyway. I do not know. A last minute decision is on the cards.

Clash 2


MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY –  alternative | indie | math-rock

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WAKING AIDA –  electronic | rock | indie | instrumental | post-rock  progressive

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WAKING AIDA all the way on this one. Sure; MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY blast out some solid, heavy math-rock, but WAKING AIDA have released a really impressive debut album and I’ll be damned if I am missing their set. Check out my review here.

Clash 3


JAMIE LENMAN – alternative



KARHIDE –  alternative | electronic | metal | post-rock

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JAMIE LENMAN seems to be a big pull for a lot of people. I do not think I’ve ever heard his previous band, REUBIN and the material I’ve heard from his solo act is… well… OK. That tent is going to be packed though. I even saw a Facebook comment from Tim, who is KARHIDE, saying that he wished he was not clashing with JAMIE LENMAN. I reckon I’ll be supporting the real hard working talent that is KARHIDE though. I’ve seen him a few times and enjoy him every time . Good, heavy post-rock/metal with plenty of melody. I urge you to give him a try.

Clash 4


TALL SHIPS –  alternative | emo | indie | math-rock | punk | alternative | pop

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BEAR MAKES NINJA –  alternative | alternative | rock | math-rock

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TALL SHIPS actually get better with every listen. I used to brush them of as a one-hit wonder (T=0) but have learnt to like them over time. However they clash with BEAR MAKES NINJA and I cannot wait to catch them live. A friend at last year’s ArcTanGent convinced me that, when BMN’s drummer took to the stage to jam with ASIWYFA, she was a famous jazz drummer. Once I got the truth and listened to BMN I got hooked. This is real fun math-rock, do not miss it.




GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT –  ambient | electronic rock | post-rock | space rock

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THE BROKEN OAK DUET –  rock | instrumental

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Well. I said that I would not be seeing GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT as I have grown somewhat bored of their output. They have some great tracks but they have started to blend into one, for me. However I must say that I am really into them live. They put on a great show. THE BROKEN OAK DUET are my recommendation for this clash. I’ve seen them twice this year and will see them again the day after ArcTanGent as I am playing a gig with them at the Worcester Music Festival. So I will be at the ARC stage to see GIAA.

Clash 6


MONO – post-rock


SHIVER – alternative | electronic | experimental | instrumental

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Unlucky, SHIVER. Clashing with one of the biggest third-wave post-rock bands. I’ve not seen MONO. I’ll be seeing MONO. However I know that a lot of post-rockers can find their blend of post-rock a little dull. So SHIVER should give your dancing bones a kick in the, erm, balls (???). I fact I might go and catch their set set and then finish up with MONO as they have the longer set. Either way, you are in good hands.


So that is it. Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I intend to. Stay tuned for some ArcTanGent weekend follow ups next week.