ArchTanGent Festival have announced Explosions In The Sky and Converge as this year’s UK exclusive headliners for this year’s August 17-19th event staged at Fernhill Farm near Bristol. The news is the first hint of what is sure to be another stellar lineup for the emerging alternative UK rock festival, with 10 more artists to be announced on the 10th February.
The announcement is very much in line with ArcTanGent‘s growing reputation for putting on exclusive performances from top worldwide acts as well as supporting emerging talent. Previous acts to have played the festival include American Football, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fall of Troy, Rolo Tomassi and this year is likely to be another excellent line up.
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Festival booker James Scarlet had the following to say about the festival and the news of this year’s headliners – “Once people have been to ATG, they seem to come back every year. It has this amazing sense of community and really feels like we’re all part of a secret club that the rest of the world doesn’t know about. Watching an unknown, but amazing, band play at midday to a thousand people really helps with my faith in humanity! But nothing compares to 5,000 people gathering to watch the headliners – Converge and Explosion in the Sky this year will be out of this world and I guarantee that ArcTanGent 2017 will be the best weekend of the summer!”
“The ArcTanGent ethos is all about championing bands that exist just outside of the mainstream music world. We guarantee you the best acts from the worlds of math-rock, noise-rock and post-rock/metal. We’ve got some amazing exclusives this year. The fact is that both Converge and Explosions in the Sky are playing their only UK shows of 2017 at ArcTanGent. So if you want to see them, Fernhill Farm in August is the place to be!”
Massachusetts Metalcore icons Converge had been expected to spend the majority of this year working on and recording new material so their UK exclusive performance is particularly exciting. Front man Jacob Bannon offered the following insight into why Converge chose ArchTanGent – “It’s a great honour for Converge to be performing at this year’s ArcTanGent Festival. Every year to date the lineup has been relevant and diverse, two great qualities that we like to see in festivals.”
Texas based Explosions In The Sky‘s eclectic blend of shoegaze, ambient folk and punk damaged dub as well as their reputation for excellent live performances, that has seen them support the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Fugazi, fits perfectly with the “just outside the mainstream” brief of the event.
Tickets for ArchTanGent Festival 2017 are available now via the event website and we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the news relating to the festival in the coming months here at GIGsoup.