UK Tech-Fest 2016: Bands Not To Miss

The UK’s premier Tech-Metal festival is back for it’s 5th edition in July, and not only is Tech-Fest growing in size, it’s line-up, atmosphere and full on festival experience is unviralled in the technical music scene. Animals As Leaders, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried & Me top the bill in Newark this year but there’s so much more hiding during the 4 day festival.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the artists playing that you should keep an eye out for, and even grabbed them for a chat about the festival and which of the bands they’ll be checking out themselves.

SUASION


HANDS ON PRINTING STAGE | FRIDAY | 2.00PM

Belgian newcomers Suasion are dropping in for their first ever UK performance while they’re on their European festival tour, and promise to bring an exciting metalcore set to Tech-Fest. If their brand new track ‘Heritage’ is anything to go by, then you’d be a fool to miss them on the second stage on Friday – so make sure you get there early.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Suasion: We are looking forward to a lot of stuff like playing with our favourite bands, meeting again with our friends from Novelists and actually playing with them for the first time.
But what we are most looking forward to is playing our first show in the UK ever. It’s awesome it turned out to be at one of our top favorite festivals!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
S: We have so many things coming up this year, we can’t share everything yet but come see us and we might lift a little corner of the veil. Either way we promise you’ll have a good time with us, we’ve got some brand new tracks out and we can’t wait to present them live at UK Tech-Fest. If you’re a fan of bands like Architects and Northlane, you should definitely come check us out!
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
S: Novelists: because we enjoy watching them every single time. Between the Buried and Me: because we haven’t seen them in a while and we’re quite the fans.


HARBINGER


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | FRIDAY | 1.30PM

The Earth shook when Harbinger released ‘Paroxysm’ at the beginning of June, as the EP is so brutal that any band on the bill will quiver at being compared to them. The video for ‘Subsidised Slaughter’ sees vocalist Tom Gardner casually leaning on a noose while growling at the camera; these guys are heavy as shit and a must-see for the darkest fans at Tech-Fest.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Ben Sutherland (Guitar): We’re most looking forward to seeing all of our friends from across the country in the same place for a weekend, revelling in great music and intoxication! Everyone that’s been to Tech-Fest knows one of the main draws (apart from the fantastic lineup of course), is the community spirit at the festival.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
BS: Because we bring the riffs! In all seriousness, this will be the biggest show we have ever played as a band and we are looking forward to showing everyone our new material. We always have a laugh on stage and we hope everyone else will enjoy it.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
BS: Personally I’m looking forward to finally seeing Intervals, Aaron Marshall is a wizard I know he’ll be impeccable live! An honorary mention goes to Port Noir, who I think are incredibly underrated and I’m glad to finally see them on English soil!


PLINI


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | FRIDAY | 6.00PM

Returning from last year, Plini now has such a reputation that he sits very highly on the Tech-Fest poster thanks to his intricate and clean guitar work. The Australian composer may be young but his beautiful, genuine riffs already have the tick of approval from Protest The Hero and Animals As Leaders so check out what it’s all about on the Friday main stage.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Plini: The Tech-Fest crowd was the first international audience I ever played for and that set remains one of my fondest live memories. Can’t wait to share that special love again! Plus the pizza was ridiculous.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
P: I’ve got an amazing band with me – Troy Wright on drums, Aaron Marshall on guitar and Simon Grove on bass, and we will be doing all kinds of cheeky things to our instruments.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
P: Disperse, Destiny Potato and Textures – all big favourite bands of mine I haven’t had a chance to see live yet. And Protest the Hero, cos they’re the best!


ΤARDIVE DYSKINESIA


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | SUNDAY | 12.30PM

Tardive Dyskinesia are essentially legends of the scene after 12 years of touring but with their excellent new single ‘The Electric Sun’ whetting the appetite for their upcoming fourth record ‘Harmonic Confusion’, the Greek band are just a exciting as they’ve ever been. If you like Machine Head-esque metal and want more melodic choruses, then look no further.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Manthos Stergiou (Vocals/Guitar): To make new friends, meeting cool people and spread our music.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
MS: Besides being very handsome boys (NOT), we promise as always to put on a very intense show! We will also playing new songs from our upcoming album ‘Harmonic Confusion’ for the very first time.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
MS: Personally i’d like to see Animals As Leaders, Textures, Protest the Hero & Between the Buried but of course I will be checking out as many bands as possible, because you never know where “Diamonds” might be hidden.


AKORD


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | THURSDAY | 5.00PM

Progressive Scottish rockers Akord have finally released their debut record ‘Ethereality’ and it’s time for them to burst out the new material to the pledgers that made it possible. The new talent emerging on the tech-metal scene is in full force over the weekend in Newark but these guys should certainly be on your list to watch.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Martin Walker (Guitar): We are looking forward to performing alongside some of our favourite bands that we take influence from when writing our own material. The UK tech-metal scene has such a friendly community and we are looking forward to introducing ourselves properly. It’s such a cool festival with a lot to offer.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
MW We’d like to think we will bring a different flavour to everyone’s palette. We write music that we enjoy listening to without following any particular trends or genres. We are often described as a prog band but we promise to give you more than that in our show. For fans of Karnivool, Incubus and Tool.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
MW: We very much looking forward to seeing Animals As Leaders, Intervals and Plini (to name a few). We have so much respect for these bands and they will definitely show us how it’s really done!


SHIELDS


HANDS ON PRINTING STAGE | SUNDAY | 5.15PM

London mob Shields make serious use out of their dual vocals to deliver an emotional yet ripping crash course in British metal. Think of While She Sleeps taking on a Touché Amoré record and you’ll end up with great tracks like ‘I Just Feel Hate’ and ‘But This Feels Worse’, but the intricacy in the guitar work deserve a big appraisal.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Sam Kubrick (Guitar/Vocals): Ignoring the fact the line up is always amazing, I’m looking forward to just BEING at tech fest. TF has such a unique vibe! Everyone is so approachable and friendly, people really care about the bands and will happily check out bands they haven’t heard of before.
Joe Edwards (Vocals): I’m most looking forward to getting back and involved in the really friendly, communal atmosphere that the Tech scene is built upon. It was a real pleasure to have people who’d never heard of us turn up to our set and check us out, and then to get to know a whole lot of the attendees and bands through out the festival.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
SK: The last 12-18 months have been one of the busiest periods we’ve had as band. We’ve toured both the UK and Europe multiple times since we last played tech fest and solidified our line up. Our live show is now the strongest and tightest its ever been as a result.
JE: Since the last time we played Tech-Fest in 2014 we, as a performing band, have changed in a big way. Not only sorting out our image but focusing on our stage presence as a band, and finding ways to honing our performance in and defining it as a Shields stage show.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
SK: Fit For An Autopsy! One of the heavier bands on the bill, but they manage to make some of the most interesting and unique sounding riffs I’ve ever heard in their Genre, I can’t to see them kill it live!
JE: I’m a big fan of how innovative Tosin Abasi is, blending a number of genres I’m keen on, with the added bonus of how he plays them! Since I got their first album I’ve always wanted to see Animals As Leaders live; understanding that they’re a very exciting band to see in the flesh.


COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | FRIDAY | 4.30PM

Cold Night For Alligators are the definition of tech-metal; superbly complicated riffs compliment the growling screams of their new singer Johan Pedersen. Make sure you check out the Danish band and their full-length album ‘Course of Events’. Great name, great band.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS: Tech-Fest is like one big family where everyone loves a lot of the same music. This means that the atmosphere at TF is amazing – and we are very happy to be able to play at this stage again.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
CNFA: We love to play live and we have a lot of fun on the stage. We try not to be too silly but we laugh a lot and enjoy the connection with the audience and make them have a good time. If people like to see a band with a lot of energy they should come see our show.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
CNFA: There are so many bands we can’t wait to see this year. None of us have been lucky enough to see Fallujah live before and this show is one of the highlights for a few of us this weekend. Furthermore will it be cool to check out Disperse. We played with them at UKTF back in 2013 and they are fantastic at their instruments.


SWORN AMONGST


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | THURSDAY | 6.00PM

Even though it didn’t seem possible, Sworn Amongst’s latest record ‘Under A Titan Sky’ was even heavier than anything they had ever put out as the metal band gained the anger and brutality not seen since the likes of Pantera. Get to Tech-Fest on the Thursday to witness it for yourself. One for the out-and-out heavy metal lovers.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
SWORN AMONGST: Besides from actually playing, we are collectively looking forward to experiencing the festival itself and what is has to offer, especially in its diversity, getting the opportunity to share the stage with some incredible bands and musicians, exploring the festival grounds, interacting with fans and as expected, sampling the many delights the bar has to offer! The lineup is incredible and is being talked about worldwide so it’s an honour to be part of something so big!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
SA:Well we fuse a multitude of genres together to forge our sound, if you like the guitar intricacy and melodies of Carcass, the rhythmic bludgeoning of After The Burial, the grooves of Lamb Of God and the vocal delivery and aggression of Upon A burning Body, then you should check out Sworn Amongst!
SA: Which other band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Probably Fallujah! Their last album is crushing! So precise and water tight coupled with the fact it’s their UK exclusive show and none of us have seen them live before! A tough question given the lineup, however I’m going to stick with this one!


UK Tech-Fest hits Newark Showground 7th-11th July and you can keep up to date with the festival and see the full line-up on Facebook and the official website official website.

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef).

Features Editor for DEAD PRESS | Based in MK

Features Editor for DEAD PRESS | Based in MK