ArcTanGent was the finale to this summer’s festivals. My friends are post-rock, noise-rock and math-rock enthusiasts (the festival’s main focus) and had been singing its praises since last year. Considering it was the first ‘non-metal’ festival I’ve been to, I found it to be an immensely enjoyable and enlightening experience. I too would recommend this little Bristolian festival to any metal fan with an open mind.
The line-up was very diverse and introduced me to several bands I probably would have never discovered if it wasn’t for last weekend’s adventure. Several bigger names I’d either seen before or already like such as Mono, God Is An Astronaut and Tero Melos, but coming home with a list of new artists you’re aching to check out is always a positive outcome to any festival. If I narrow it down to three bands who impressed me and I want to hear more of, they’d be Russian Circles, Year Of No Light and Fen.
Other essential festival criteria were met too; timing and organisation, a chilled out vibe, decent food… And slipping around in mud at 2am for the silent disco was a definite highlight of my weekend and probably the best late night entertainment I’ve encountered!
ArcTanGent now has a well deserved spot in my festival calendar.