UK Tech-Fest 2017: Bands Not To Miss

Once again, the UK’s premier Tech-Metal festival is back 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. The Black Dahlia Murder, Textures and Northlane 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.

BEAR


AFTER PARTY

Belgian math metallers Bear are buzzing after the release of their new record ‘///’ and after hitting Graspop Metal Meeting last month, they are ready to release their demonic tech metal on the UK. Mourning fans of The Dillinger Escape Plan will want to make sure they get to the after party to catch Bear‘s new single ‘Blackpool’ and see what all the fuss is about.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
BEAR: All the hanging out with our UK-friends whilst checking out cool bands. Festivals are all about meeting old and new friends!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
BEAR: Because we’re the best band on earth, hahahaha…
No seriously. we think BEAR is all about the live-experience. When we play we give ourselves 100%. It’s inevitable…
I don’t think we’re overly technical so that might also be a break from the more technical bands on UKTMF. Although we try to keep our shows as tight as possible…
Just head over and experience yourself!
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
BEAR: The Colour Line for sure: they are an amazing live-band, bringing great music and are amazing people too! We did one tour together and we never stopped having fun. One of the coolest tours we did, so far… So stoked to see these guys again. So bummed to hear they’re quitting.
I’d like to check out Red Seas Fire again. Last time we played UKTMF I checked them and they were killer… curious about how they evolved.
The Black Dahlia Murder! Never seen them live. Although I like their music, it’s something I think of to put on very often. But live shows can be very convincing… when they’re good!
Further more I’d like to check out: Aborted (meeting up with Belgian friends), the Arusha Accord (we had a tour scheduled with them, but that one got cancelled. Curious what they do live), Uneven Structure (Long time since we’ve seen this guys. The new album sounds promising) & The Algorithm (we met & played together on their first European tour. And have met on multiple occasions and festivals. It was always fun to hang out and see them perform. And just because Rémi is a genuine nice guy!)


HARBINGER


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | SATURDAY | 12.30PM

After their performance at the 2016 edition of the festival, London tech metal crew Harbinger were asked back to the Carillion Guitars Stage for more treachery and Earth shattering riffs. Now armed with material from their recently released EP ‘Human Dust’, Harbinger are ready to make a splas once again in 2017 so make sure you hit the main stage early on Saturday to see why they’re back so soon.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Harbinger: Playing tracks from our upcoming EP Human Dust to potentially our biggest audience yet. We are super stoked to release it through Basick records and Tech Fest is the perfect place to showcase our efforts over the last 12 months.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Harbinger: If you like tech riffing, heavy mosh tunes and a good ol’ boogie then you’ll have a blast. For many of the people attending it will be the first time they will hear some tracks off Human Dust live too.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Harbinger: Where to start!? The Black Dahlia Murder are one of our favourite bands collectively. It will be great to see The Arusha Accord back after their time away, and we are super intrigued by Igorr. Also shout out to our lads in Fraktions, Nycosia, A Trust Unclean, Exist Immortal and Carcer City.


A TRUST UNCLEAN


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | SUNDAY | 12.30PM

New Basick Records starlets A Trust Unclean may be a new face on the scene but they have proved their worth with their debut mini-album ‘Parturition’ that shows unbelievable potential for the deathcore band. If you like your metal heavy, like even heavy for a metal festival then make sure you catch the Bicester death metal lot when they appear on the Carillion Guitars early doors on the Sunday.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
ATU: Tech Fest is always a great time; since we played an after party in 2015 we’ve always felt right at home there! The line up this year is probably it’s strongest so far and it’s also a great opportunity to get seriously messy with some awesome people!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
ATU: We’ve got a new CD out in June and we’re psyched to be showing people what we’ve been up to. If you enjoy high energy Technical Death Metal, laced with thick grooves and beatdown savagery then you should definitely check us out..Also Mikey has luscious locks and watching him majestically windmill is a sight to see.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
ATU: High on our list of priorities is to see The Black Dahlia Murder because they know how to party while pulling off a seamless performance; definitely a great thing to witness.


HACKTIVIST


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | FRIDAY | 6.00PM

Tech Fest favourites Hacktivist are back on the main stage but they’ve got new meat with them this time. The hole made by the departure of vocalist Ben Marvin has been filled with newbie Jot Maxi who fans will know from Outside The Box‘s Rotten. The band went down a storm at Download Festival last month and are ready to take their form through to the Newark Showground this July so don’t miss the Milton Keynes djent band on the Friday.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Hacktivist: Tech fest always has a great vibe! I keep an eye on the UKTM group throughout the year and there’s a proper tight little community. Tech Fest is basically Techmas!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Hacktivist: Hacktivist definitely bring something a little bit different to the festival. We’ll be kicking the first night off with a bang and get everyone hyped up for a heavy weekend.
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Hacktivist: The Black Dahlia Murder are gonna be ridiculous, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the Arusha Accord back together again!


ONI


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | SUNDAY | 1.30PM

Straight outta Canada, Oni are shipping over to Europe to play some shows with metal titans Gojira and are popping into Tech Fest on the Sunday to play some progressive metal for the likes of you. If the band’s music isn’t enough to reel you in then it’s worth it to check out the xylosynth and how it enters the world of heavy metal…

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Oni: Regarding ONI, I’d like to make an impression this year and hopefully take away some new fans. Excited to be apart of this killer bill!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Oni: We bring a very strong live show and in my humble opinion I believe we bring something for everyone but with a twist. You have to come catch our set and see what we mean.
It’s definitely going to be one of the ones you don’t want to miss at this year’s Tech-Fest!
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Oni: I want to see as many bands as possible but the stand outs for me are The Black Dhalia Murder and Hacktivist.


OCEANS ATE ALASKA


GIGANTIC STAGE | FRIDAY | 7.00PM

As seems to be regular occurrence in the tech metal world, Oceans Ate Alaska parted way with their vocalist James Harrison at the end of last year but Jake Noakes is well up for the task. The Birmingham metalcore band are preparing to release their sophomore full length ‘Hikari’ in July so their Gigantic Stage performance will be the perfect chance to have a sneak of the new material and see what direction the new singer takes them.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Oceans Ate Alaska: I think it’s fair to say with any festival that we play, it’s the show that makes it for us. There’s a whole new crowd coming to see us and we always like a challenge. We recently played Slam Dunk Festival and we were so stoked to see kids going crazy to our music so if Techfest is anything similar then we are going to have a good time!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Oceans Ate Alaska: There’s something for everyone in an OAA set. Some of the best drumming in metal today, complexed rhythmical passages, heavy as fuck breakdowns and choruses that you won’t get out your head for days. But ultimately you’ll have a lot of fun!
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Oceans Ate Alaska: Chelsea Grin are long time friends of ours so it’ll be great to see them! We’ve also been fans of Textures for ages so it’ll be nice to see them rip their stage!


THE ROYAL


THURSDAY | 5.00PM

Dutch metalcore quintet The Royal are soaring on their 2017 record ‘Seven’ with their Parkway Drive-esque hooks that maintain a high octane throughout. The Amsterdam band are consistently touring the European tech metal circuit and are the ideal shout to have for the early bird Thursday to get you geared up for the weekend ahead.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
The Royal: As Tech-fest is normally a festival for a different type of metal we are looking forward to present our style of heavy music to a fairly new audience for us, i am very excited and curious to see how that works out.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
The Royal: People should come check us out because we will bring something else tot his years festival and we will be aiming to play a super energetic live set with a lot of interaction. It’s going to be something you don’t want to miss!
DP!: Which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
The Royal: We are looking forward to see Hacktivist as they are super groovy and we love that. We are also excited for Oceans Ate Alaska. These dudes are really tearing it up lately. Of course our Dutch buddies in Textures is something we are looking forward to!


UNEVEN STRUCTURE


CARILLION GUITARS STAGE | SATURDAY | 6.00PM

Progressive French metal lot ‘Uneven Structure’ have no doubt been listening to a serious amount of Meshuggah yet their low tuned djent guitars ensure they maintain a signature sound. The band hardly need an introduction on the tech metal scene these days so join the crowd and check them out Saturday night on the Carillion Guitars stage.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about Tech-Fest?
Uneven Structure: Well, I’ve been playing the festival for a few years now, and witnessed the way it’s been growing from then, so I’m excited to have the guys experiencing it with their own eyes! It’s gonna be great to meet with old friends, and hopefully make some new. Also, I’ve been gathering my pounds from previous tours to spend it all at Shmoo’s.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Uneven Structure: The band hasn’t been back to Tech-Fest since 2013. We have a new album, we’re playing and sounding better than ever before, and we have a couple songs we’ll be playing live for the first time there! What else, well, just come down and / or get fucked.


UK Tech-Fest hits Newark Showground 6th-10th 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).