ArcTanGent Festival have today announced a massive 21 new bands for the 3 days festival, set on Fernhill Farm, 16th-18th August 2018 to joining headliners And So I Watch You From afar, Glassjaw & Shellac.
“Today we’re announcing 21 bands and I’m excited that this adds a real strength in depth to the ATG line up. What am I most excited about? Well we’ve commissioned Pijn & Conjurer to work together on a top secret project– I’m certain it will be amazing. Also Taka from MONO is bringing his Behind the Shadow Drops project which features some truly spell-binding visuals. Everyone should head straight to our Spotify playlist now and check out the treats we have in store for themselves – my personal recommendations are Jean Jean, møl and Black Futures. Roll on the summer!” says James Scarlett, organiser.
Pijn & Conjurer have been working away on a special collaboration they’re calling ‘Curse These Metal Hands’.
“When ATG & Holy Roar approached us to do a collaboration, it was something that hadn’t really occurred to either band. We’d played a few shows together and were certainly mutual fans but we had to sit down and really think about whether this was feasible. After a pretty intense 12 hours of jamming and writing, we emerged with a track that will form the basis of our performance with the rest currently being written. This sounds nothing like either band and is arguably more expansive and ambitious than either of us have gone before – we’re honoured to have been asked to contribute to ATG 2018 and are excited to bring something new to the most exciting festival in the UK.” says Conjurer
Joining the amazing Conjurer and Pjin are Canterbury sludge metal titans, OHHMS. The debut album, ‘The Floor’ was released last year on Holy Roar, who of course have a stage at the Festival.
Japan’s Mouse on the Keys, who have a unique sound of drums, two pianos, and two keyboards to combine the sense of urgency from rock, hardcore and heavy metal with tastes of early/contemporary classical, jazz and various dance music.
At their shows, the band projects a variety of images chosen to match their sound ―views of Tokyo, geometric symbols, 3D objects, and abstractions. Residents of Tokyo, the members of Mouse on the Keys represent the haunting restlessness of their home city at their live appearances.
Other international bands include American band Tides of Man, an instrumental indie rock band will be playing ATG Festival for the first time this year. Australia’s Plini and møl a shoegaze/metal band from Denmark. These bands will join a whole host of amazing talent from the UK.