Arctangent Festival announce first acts for 2018 line up!


The award winning ArcTanGent Festival last night announced its first set of bands for the 3 days festival, set on Fernhill Farm, 16th-18th August 2018 via The Independent.

Festival promoter James Scarlett says “We’ve spent the last few months curating some very special experiences for the ArcTanGent faithful… We’ve got GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! playing their first ever European show, And So I Watch You From Afar performing their new album in it’s entirety for the first time and the madly bonkers idea to have Gallops playing a full band live set at the silent disco. Plus we’re very happy to have Big Scary Monsters and Holy Roar doing a Thursday takeover. I can’t breathe I’m so excited about all this and I can also confirm that we’ll be releasing our Friday & Saturday main stage headliners before long – they are BIG! ATG #6 is going to be the best one yet for sure!”

The main stage will be open on Thursday for the first time ever and headlined by ArcTanGent Festivals most requested band, ‘And So I Watch You From Afar’. The Northern Irish instrumental rock band will be returning to the festival for the fourth time and are playing ‘The Endless Shimmering’ in its entirety. Joining them on that stage will be the stunning Pianos Become The Teeth and  Foxing, plus more to be announced.

“Every year ArcTanGent makes a home for strange bands like us, our peers around the world and the amazing people who make it such a special scene to be a part of.  We feel very lucky to be a part of that family, and to be headlining a night is something very very special for us” says Rory Friers from And So I Watch You From Afar.

Math-rock pioneers GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! are playing their first ever European show and also a UK exclusive.  “We are totally ecstatic about coming over to the UK for the very first time – and especially to be playing at ArcTangent. It’s one of the raddest festivals out there.” says Joseph Andreoli

Gallops are doing it a little differently this year and will play a full band set at the famous Silent Disco.  Speaking about the set,  Mark Huckridge of the band says “We are looking forward to returning to ATG this year. We will be premiering an all-new live show for a unique ‘live silent disco’ set, remixing our tracks on-the-fly alongside warped visuals. We are aiming this one at the dancefloor. It’s one for the wide-eyed dreamers”

Two of the UK’s best indie labels, Holy Roar and Big Scary Monsters will be taking over the PX3 and Yohkai Stages to showcase some of the best bands the UK has to offer.
Check out their Spotify playlist for the stages.

“Kev recently threatened to stab me in the eye with a fork because I asked him to share. Kev is mean. Mean Kev. Revenge will be sweet come ArcTanGent though – when Holy Roar will do battle with BSM across two stages on the Thursday of the festival. It’s going to be epic and we are hugely excited to be given such a special opportunity by our friends at ATG” says Alex, the founder of Holy Roar.  Kevin from BSM says “We’ve been at every single ArcTanGent and it’s always one of the best weekend’s of the year. This is the first time we’re putting our name to a stage though and the only shame is that we have to share it with Holy Roar.” Get ready for an epic battle it seems!

Full list of bands so far:

GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! / And So I Watch You From Afar/ Pianos Become Teeth / Alpha Male Tea Party /Rolo Tomassi/ Jamie Lenman/ Foxing / Gallops/ Talons/ Bossk/ Svalbard / Gulfer / Body Hound/ GUG


A little bit about ATG


ArcTanGent is hosted on Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, BS40 6LD, only a short journey from Bristol city centre, Bristol Temple Meads Station and Bristol Airport. The entrance to the festival is on the B3134.


The award winning ArcTanGent is the world’s ultimate greenfields music festival for connoisseurs of Math-rock, Post-rock, Noise-rock, Alt-rock and everything in between.  ArcTanGent has built a reputation for itself as THE emerging UK rock festival, both putting on exclusive performances from exceptional, worldwide artists and supporting new, exciting talent.

Previous acts include Converge, Explosions In The Sky, Russian Circles, Nordic Giants, American Football, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Animals As Leaders, Cult of Luna, Deerhoof, This Will Destroy You, 65daysofstatic, Fuck Buttons,Black Peaks, Rolo Tomassi, Heck, Arcane Roots and many more.

Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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