News | The Fall of Troy & Joan of Arc join ArcTanGent 2015 line-up

ArcTanGent Festival 2014

With an already strong line up, Bristol’s ArcTanGent have announced yet more incredible bands, including the one and only The Fall of Troy.  ‘STRICT EMBARGO: 0800 (GMT) THURSDAY 26th MARCH 2015′ was the statement which led ArcTanGent’s press release written in huge, bold lettering on Tuesday. Clearly a very confusing sentence. But regardless of E-festival’s leak, and their inability to understand words and numbers, ArcTanGent’s most recent line up announcement might be their best yet. Joining ArcTanGent’s already brilliant line up of standout experimental talent, The Fall of Troy are finally returning to the UK this August. Thomas Erak’s legendary band will be playing at ArcTanGent alongside other brilliant additions including Joan Of Arc, Vessels, Maybeshewill and Lone Wolf.  The newly announced acts… Read More →

News | ArcTanGent announce partnership with Sargent House

ArcTanGent Arc Stage

ArcTanGent’s latest line up announcement features a host of Sargent House bands, including Deafheaven, Mylets, Helms Alee, Marriages and Emma Ruth Rundle. Following their first line up announcement – which included, among others, The Dillinger Escape Plan, 65daysofstatic, Rolo Tomassi, Talons, Tangled Hair, Vennart, Body Hound, Cleft and 100 Onces – ArcTanGent have just added a further five bands to their 2015 line up. Coming from legendary record label Sargent House, renowned metal five-piece Deafheaven have been confirmed as headliners for the festival’s closing night (Saturday), with Mylets, Helms Alee, Marriages and Emma Ruth Rundle also set to appear over the weekend. Tickets for the event are now on sale via the ArcTanGent website, and available in a variety of different formats – including weekend, day and early entry passes. ArcTanGent will take place on the 20th –… Read More →

News | ArcTanGent announce first 40 bands for 2015 festival

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Bristol-based math rock & post rock festival ArcTanGent have just announced their first wave of bands for 2015, including The Dillinger Escape Plan, 65daysofstatic, Rolo Tomassi, Talons, Tangled Hair, Vennart, Body Hound, Cleft, 100 Onces and more. Following two incredibly successful years, Bristol’s ArcTanGent festival – well known for celebrating experimental and left-field music – have just announced a massive 40 bands who are set to play the event in 2015. Topping the bill this year are main stage headliners The Dillinger Escape Plan, Thursday early entry finishers 65daysofstatic, festival veterans Rolo Tomassi and Talons, and first timers Vennart and British Theatre. Alongside the top-billed, also set to play ArcTanGent in 2015 are: Tangled Hair / Her Name Is Calla / The Algorithm / Cleft / AK/DK / Alpha Male Tea… Read More →

Live Review | Gnarwolves @ Fleece, Bristol


Gnarwolves are always on tour. And that’s a good thing. With no disrespect to their excellent trio of EPs and debut long-player, it’s the band’s relentless touring that has brought them to where they stand at the end of 2014. Where they stand is main stage at Reading Festival, support slots with Blink 182 and a largely sold out UK and European tour of the biggest venues they’ve headlined. For this extensive UK/EU run, the band have brought along one of Topshelf Records’ standout acts, Prawn. Fresh from releasing their second full-length Kingfisher in August, this current tour is their second run in Europe, after a 2012 tour with Ape Up! to showcase their then-new EP Ships. In those two… Read More →

MM Recommends | Gnarwolves & Prawn in Bristol

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Gnarwolves‘ biggest UK tour to date is coming in December, and they’re bringing along some special American friends. Tuesday 2nd December 2014, The Fleece, Bristol – £8 adv Gnarwolves have successfully built on the reputation their flawless three EPs gave them in 2014 with a blistering debut full-length. Gnarwolves is being given its first UK run this December, and the Cornwall via Brighton punks are bringing along some special guests in the form of Topshelf Records stars Prawn. Prawn are currently touring their second full-length record Kingfisher, and are embarking on their second European tour after a 2012 run with Ape Up!.Gnarwolves and Prawn play The Fleece in Bristol on Tuesday 2nd December. Entry is £8 in advance. Keep an eye out for our review following the show…. Read More →

MM Recommends | Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls, Great Cynics in Bristol

Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor‘s upcoming UK tour for third album Never Hungover Again is heading to Bristol.. Monday 17th November 2014, The Exchange, Bristol – £10 adv You’ve really been sleeping on something special if you haven’t given the last four months of your 2014 to Never Hungover Again. Joyce Manor’s third full-length is typically fleeting, clocking in at under 20 minutes as usual, but packs in the best pop-punk hits of the year into its slight running length. Tour Dates 11th November – Leeds @ Key Club 12th November – Glasgow @ 13th Note 13th November – Manchester @ Star & Garter 14th November – London @ The Dome 15th November – Southampton @ The Joiners 16th November – Kingston @ Fighting Cocks 17th November – Bristol… Read More →

Live Review | The Antlers @ Trinity, Bristol

The Antlers Review

Familiars is taken to impossible heights in the live arena. Brooklyn’s The Antlers are a wildly different outfit to that which released Hospice in 2009, widely regarded as one of the most affecting albums of the decade. It’s been followed by 2011’s sombre but hopeful Burst Apart, the ethereal between-album EP Undersea and latest cut, Familiars. The setlist chosen for the current tour, promoting the latter release, is almost entirely made up of tracks from said album, showing a supreme confidence in the band’s most recent work, especially with such an esteemed list of older tracks to choose from. Sadly, there are still those who will yell “play something from Hospice!” two songs into the set, and the sighs meeting… Read More →

Exclusive | Watch Three Trapped Tigers Live at ArcTanGent

Three Trapped Tigers Live ArcTanGent

Words and photos are so overrated. We’re in the 21st century – can’t we just watch and listen to shit instead? Yeah, we wrote a long overworked review of ArcTanGent, and yeah, a few of you probably even read it, but what we’re all craving is something to help us relive some of the best moments of the weekend – in visual form. That’s why we’re super excited to introduce Small Pond Recordings, and their amazing coverage from this year’s ArcTanGent. Over the next few months, Small Pond Recordings will be releasing a series of live videos from the returning bands at ATG 2014 including Baby Godzilla, TTNG, Nordic Giants, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, The Physics House Band, And So I… Read More →

Festival Review | ArcTanGent 2014

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It’s small, nerdy and full to the brim with lesser-known bands and musicians. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. ArcTanGent, again, was flawless. Following on from its stand-out 2013 debut, Bristol’s ArcTanGent has quickly gained a reputation for being one of the UK’s most well-received music festivals. And now a year on, not only have the organisers at ATG managed to deliver yet another great music weekender, but they’ve actually inadvertently created something much better. Thursday Thursday on Fernhill Farm was all about returning bands. Picked from last year’s festival, early entry at the festival saw the building of pressure from the likes of Theo, The Physics House Band, Nordic Giants and more. Baby Godzilla smashed with an endless tirade of wireless noise… Read More →

MM Recommends | ArcTanGent Festival 2014

ArcTanGent Music Festival 2014

Fastly approaching, this year’s ArcTanGent Festival can only succeed in being the best alternative music event of 2014. This time last year we we’re building up to the first ever ArcTanGent Festival; the outcome mostly unknown. Granted the festival was in experienced hands – an offshoot of the highly successful 2000trees – but putting on a line-up almost entirely made up of left-field bands and artists was a significant risk none the less. A risk that paid off. The extremely well-crafted line-up and astounding public response led to one of the stand-out live music events of last year. Three-days that set the precedent for small-scale festivals world-wide. And now, as we quickly approach the second ever ArcTanGent, the pressure is on to… Read More →