Can you feel it? It’s that week of ArcTanGent tremor that runs through those in the know. The genre-shirking festival all the way over there in Bristol is highly regarded for those who love their alternative music and is, quire rightly, critically acclaimed and award winning. 75% of tickets have already been sold for this years festival (their seventh edition), potentially making this their busiest year to date!
Chances are, if you’re a regular Birthday Cake For Breakfast subscriber, you’ll know we go mad on ArcTanGent every year around this time – You may even be a regular attendee yourself! For those unfamiliar or if you’re just in need of a steer, we’ve picked out some unmissable moments forecast throughout the forthcoming festival for you to keep an eye on.
Dan Wild-Beesley celebrations
In terms of memorable ArcTanGent moments over the years, a number of unforgettable performances can be attributed to Dan Wild-Beesley in one form or another. From last year’s triumphant GUG showing to their Alpha Male Tea Party mash-ups over the years and the very first ArcTanGent outing for festival favourites Cleft back in 2013!
Following the incredibly tragic passing of Dan late last year, ArcTanGent 2019 will see a celebration of life in the form of a tribute showcase featuring Alpha Male Tea Party and friends. Surprises and special appearances galore, you’d be daft to miss ‘The Beft‘!
Elsewhere, Nordic Giants have arranged a special dedication to Dan – A ripped up and stapled back together rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ that they’ll somehow work into their Thursday afternoon set!
The Elephant In The Bar Room
Lovingly named after the shouty Cleft smash that got right under the skin of all ArcTanGent attendees, this latest addition to the festival will see an entirely new stage featuring stripped-back acoustic sets to piano-jazz and everything in between. Certainly worth a punt, we recommend attending to catch the likes of A-Tota-So, No Violet and Pave!
Horrifying noise for breakfast
We still to this day talk favourably about the mind-melting wake-up we received from USA Nails a few years back at ArcTanGent – A set that genuinely had people have to leave the tent as it was too much for them…
Danceable double action
Last year at ArcTanGent, one of our definitive highlights came via Belgium based duo LA Jungle bringing danceable daftness, a pair we lovingly called “a not at all mainstream Death From Above”. This year we predict a similar math-rock dance-a-thon from Aiming For Enrike, another double act who were a major highlight at the wunderbar StrangeForms Festival in Leeds earlier this year.
Being mega-lashed in a field and seeing Battles (hopefully) play ‘Atlas‘
A song that has forever been in my brainbox since I heard a strand of it many years ago, it’ll be a hypnotising affair when Battles take to the Arc Stage on Friday night. They’ve got a new album in the works too, so expect to hear some choice cuts from ‘Juice B Crypts‘!
Discovering a new favourite
As is often the case at ArcTanGent, you will likely wind up discovering a new favourite in the fields. For us last year it was the aforementioned LA Jungle and their fellow Belgians The Guru Guru. Having become acquainted with the festival playlist this year, we’re expecting to become loved up over the likes of Elephant Gym, Ogives Big Band, Oxygen Thief and DJ Perro!
BLAKFISH taking up the secret spot on Saturday afternoon
Because it’s going to happen, eh? It could be worse…
Tickets are still going for this year’s ArcTanGent Festival – For all the information you might require, you should head here!