ArcTanGent Festival Preview

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Now that festivals are back in action we’re super excited to return to the UK’s best math/post-rock festival ArcTanGent which takes place at Fernhill Farm near Bristol from 17-20 August 2022

This year sees Opeth, Cult of Luna and Tesseract headline the festival but here at bUTTONpUSHER we like to champion the more underground bands and these are our top tips for the bands that you really shouldn’t miss.

GOD ALONE

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WHEN: Friday on the Bixler Stage

ABOUT:  God Alone are a 5 piece Post Metal Dance band from Cork, Ireland, they take elements of post rock and black metal and mix it up with a more dancey vibe so if you wanna get your dancing shoes on these lads are sure to get you in party mood, genuinely one of the best up and coming bands we’ve seen perform in the past couple of years and big things are just around the corner with them recently signing to Prosthetic Records to release their new album later this year. 

FFO: Altar Of Plagues / Foals (early) / Basshunter

VOGONS

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WHEN: Saturday on the Elephant in the bar room stage

ABOUT:  Vogons are a progressive math/post-rock outfit from the UK, they tend to play more obscure proggy riffs which bounce from one theme to another and take you on their journey through a variety of sounds and styles. They’ve been knocking around the UK scene for quite a while now supporting bands like The Contortionist, The Guru Guru and Poly-Math. They recently welcomed Jack from Pfaff into the lineup on guitar to expand upon their sound, this will be their ATG debut. 

FFO: The Mars Volta / Poly-Math / The Physics House Band

EL MOONO

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WHEN: Friday on the Bixler Stage 

ABOUT:  El Moono are an alt rock outfit from Brighton who put out one of our favourite releases this year so far “Temple Corrupted” it’s a fierce record about depression, anxiety and societal corruption. They speak openly about mental health issues and these guys have been on our radar for a while now so we can’t wait to see them perform live for the first time. 

FFO: Phoxjaw, Black Peaks, Press to MECO

BICURIOUS

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WHEN:  Thursday on the Bixler stage

ABOUT: No strangers to anyone who follows us at bUTTONpUSHER, this Irish mathrock duo have played for us numerous times over the years and they just keep getting better. Reminiscent of Alpha Male Tea Party and ASIWYFA but putting their own stamp on the genre these guys are all about having a good time and they’ve been building a strong following across Europe since the release of their debut album (re)Constructed). Bicurious like to get the crowd involved with sing alongs and can generally be found in amongst the crowd while they play. Don’t miss them!

FFO: Alpha Male Tea Party, And So I Watch You From Afar, Cleft

SEIMS

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WHEN: Saturday on the Main Stage 

ABOUT:  SEIMS are the brainchild of Australian multi-instrumentalist Simeon Bartholomew, they have been hailed as one of the most inventive math-rock bands around the Globe this will be the bands first visit to the UK. The band have toured with bands from every genre under the sun including Tortoise (US) and Jean Jean (FRA). We’ve been looking forward to seeing these guys live since we heard about them via our pals at Fecking Bahamas a few years back.

FFO:  Three Trapped Tigers, 65daysofstatic, The Physics House
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