RADAR Festival 2019: 5 Bands Not To Miss!

Radar Festival is ready to establish itself as a the UK’s most exciting new metal festival when its inaugural event, boasting headline slots from Monuments and Animals As Leaders, kicks off this weekend.


We’ve highlighted five bands to check out over the weekend and spoke to them about what to expect.

VALIS ABLAZE


SATURDAY | STAGE 2 | 5.30PM

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about RADAR Festival?
Dan (Bass): It’s difficult to say given how much awesome stuff is going on there. Seeing Jacob Umansky playing with Intervals is always amazing from a bassists perspective. I’ll definitely be hitting up the Olly Steele/John Browne & Tosin Abasi masterclasses if I get the chance as well.
We also have a lot of new material which is coming out on July 19th. It’ll be good to get on stage and introduce the fans to the next stage of what we have to offer. As I’m still a newcomer to Valis Ablaze, performing with the other guys is something which is always a good time for me.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Dan: With the new material we’re currently playing we have something which appeals to everyone who is a fan of the tech-metal genre. If you’re down to groove or have a mosh then you’ll find something you like.
DP!: What do you guys have planned in Summer after Radar Fest is done and dusted?
Dan: We have a UK tour in the works coming up at the beginning of summer which is already generating a lot of buzz. We’re also hitting up Burn It Down festival & Euroblast over the coming months. Loads of great bands on both so it’ll be great to play alongside some heavyweights of metal and take the music further afield. Plenty of opportunities to catch us on the horizon.
DP!: If you could pick any band ever to play at Radar Fest with you this year, who would you pick?
Dan: Periphery would be amazing! There’s a lot of things which I personally take inspiration from with them so to be able to perform alongside them would be awesome. There are loads of great bands on the line up already though so still pretty spoiled for choice!
DP!: If you had to pick 5 other bands that you were most looking forward to seeing at Radar Fest, who would you pick?
Dan: All of the bands on the line up are great so its hard to pick.
Monuments – Masters of the genre so great to see them live
Vola – They have a kind of groove which is rarely heard
Mask of Judas – Fantastic band which is local to a few of us so always a good time seeing them play
Intervals – Have always put on a fantastic show.
Kadinja – For the amount of technicality in their playing and what they can do with their music.


ARCAEON


SATURDAY | STAGE 2 | 2.50PM

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about RADAR Festival?
Stuart (Vocals): Sharing the weekend with our friends in the underground progressive metal community. It’s the hangs with great people and the welcoming culture that make festivals like Radar so awesome.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Stuart: We are playing brand new unreleased material. Our performance is one of only two planned shows this year. Our bassist has a 9 inch penis.
DP!: What do you guys have planned in Summer after Radar Fest is done and dusted?
Stuart: We are mixing and mastering our upcoming debut album. We’re perfecting all the details on this release, taking time to improve our creative, recording and production process. We’ve written a diverse and impactful range of music and we can’t wait to take you on a journey with it at Radar.
DP!: If you could pick any band ever to play at Radar Fest with you this year, who would you pick?
Stuart: Karnivool
DP!: If you had to pick 5 other bands that you were most looking forward to seeing at Radar Fest, who would you pick?
Stuart: Loathe, Harbinger, No Consequence, Heart of a Coward, Animals as Leaders


SUMER


FRIDAY | STAGE 2 | 7.55PM

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about RADAR Festival?
Jake (Bass): Well, apart from hitting the stage ourselves, Car Bomb is high on the list for us! I know Toby and I are yet to have our brains melted by them live! I think Jim might have seen them before. But that’s gonna be a highlight for us for sure.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Jake: I’ve only been part of the Sumer family since the start of 2019, but I’ve been a fan since the beginning really. What always drew my attention to Sumer was the tapestry of influences, woven together into some mighty tracks. Pulling inspiration from all over the place, The Animal You Are really showcases the band’s ability to blend styles, from trashy grunge moments, euphoric atmospherics and crushing riffage, piecing together some really strong material. Coupled with mighty live shows that meander through the back catalogue and now new material (that I’m certainly very excited to have been a part of creating). I feel we’ve really gelled over the past months and we’re ready to deliver the live Sumer experience to the crowd at Radar!
DP!: What do you guys have planned in Summer after Radar Fest is done and dusted?
Jake: We’ve spent a great deal of time and energy honing the live set this year, mainly due to me joining the band. Having to replace a member of 9 years (Taria Dawson) is always a tough transition for everyone, but we’ve cracked that nut now. More recently we’ve been laser-focused on writing new material and that’s where all our drive and passion will be focused going forward. Album 2 is in the wings, a great deal written that we are very proud of, and a number of other tracks nearing completion. We are as hungry as our fans to get this baby delivered, and whilst there are no dates set, we sincerely hope this will be released in 2019!
DP!: If you could pick any band ever to play at Radar Fest with you this year, who would you pick?
Jake: For me, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. I know they’re not exactly a ‘heavy’ outfit, but I’d challenge anyone to pick an artist from this lineup that hasn’t been influenced by Zappa. Take the lead melody in Animals as Leaders ‘Physical Education’, that has Zappa written all over it! Let’s face it, the guy was a king and his band were immense!
DP!: If you had to pick 5 other bands that you were most looking forward to seeing at Radar Fest, who would you pick?
Jake: It goes without saying that we’re very excited to see Animals as Leaders, I mean, duh? I know some of the crew are looking forward to Toska, we played with them years ago and were very impressed then, so that should be pretty epic. Definitely anticipating both Heart of a Coward’s set, and Vola’s sets to be pretty crushing, they’re both on top of their game currently! Lastly, but by no means least, our pals Mask of Judas (who we are planning some dates with later in the year) always provide a face-melting performance! Will be great to check those lads and lass out! But, to be fair, I don’t think there’s anyone on the line up we’re not looking to see!


ESCHAR


FRIDAY | STAGE 2 | 6.35PM

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about RADAR Festival?
Sam (Guitar): Seeing so much great music and so many like-minded music fans on our doorstep. Guildford has had its fair share of festivals, but nothing quite like this. Props to Joe and the team for making it happen!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Sam: The music we make is purely out of enjoyment. It’s honest and we love doing it. Hopefully that comes across on record/on stage too – we love sharing that with people, and we’re lucky enough to have a platform like this to do it. If you like post-rock, noisy instrumental prog and 5/4 riffs galore, you might dig it. Plus the Radar guys have engineered zero line-up clashes, so if you’ve got nothing better to do…
DP!: What do you guys have planned in Summer after Radar Fest is done and dusted?
Sam: We’ve been working on new material for a few years now. Life got in the way after album 2 (Nova) so we slowed right down – but this material is bigger, darker, more exploratory now that we’ve gained some momentum again. After Radar, we need to get that stuff nailed down, recorded and released as soon as. Hang tight!
DP!: If you could pick any band ever to play at Radar Fest with you this year, who would you pick?
Sam: We’ll take Karnivool, Meshuggah or Cult of Luna please…
DP!: If you had to pick 5 other bands that you were most looking forward to seeing at Radar Fest, who would you pick?
Sam: Aside from the headliners – our dudes in Toska, Sumer, Harbinger, No Consequence and The Deadlights. Lots of love for that bunch, always incredible on stage.


VOLA


SATURDAY | STAGE 1 | 4.50PM

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about RADAR Festival?
Asger (Vocals & guitar): It’s a boring answer, but watching people move to our music is an incredibly gratifying experience. I can’t stand still on stage, so whenever I see someone giving in to the songs in a similar manner as myself, I feel that a connection is made. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most, and we’ll do all within our power to make it happen at Radar.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Asger: Because the cold offerings at the bar will taste even better after you have jumped around a little. Also, our drummer is from the same country as Meshuggah.
DP!: What do you guys have planned in Summer after Radar Fest is done and dusted?
Asger: We are gonna prepare for our Europea headline tour that runs for 3 weeks in September.
DP!: If you could pick any band ever to play at Radar Fest with you this year, who would you pick?
Asger: The Beatles.
DP!: If you had to pick 5 other bands that you were most looking forward to seeing at Radar Fest, who would you pick?
Asger: I’m looking forward to seeing our friends in Agent Fresco and Kadinja, who play the same day as us. Apart from that I would love to catch Car Bomb. Finally a shout-out to the guys in Monuments and Sümer, who unfortunately play the day before we arrive.


This year’s Radar Festival will be held in Guildford, Surrey on August 2nd-3rd 2019.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, both day tickets and weekend tickets, and can purchased online from the official website (here).