Taking place at Fernhil Farm near Bristol, the award winning, best small UK music festival (2018) ArcTanGent Festival returns in 2020, and can now announce its first main stage headliner, as well as a further 27 more acts for the event.
As a UK exclusive show, the incredible Opeth is the first headliner for ArcTanGent, which will held on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of August 2020.
Festival organiser James Scarlett explains a bit about this first announcement and the importance of the first headliner for him and ArcTanGent – “Opeth’s Ghost Reveries is one of two albums (the other being the Mars Volta’s Frances the Mute) that I always credit with setting me on the leftfield musical path that has led to the line ups I book every year at ATG. In 2005 I’d never heard anything like it and from there onwards my musical tastes just took off and led me to all my favourite bands. Essentially what I’m saying is that Opeth was part of the original ArcTanGent DNA and so I couldn’t be happier to announce that they’re joining us at Fernhill Farm for a Friday Main Stage headline set! I also just realised it will be almost exactly 15 years since Ghost Reveries was released – amazing!”
From singer/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth – “We’re excited to play the ArcTanGent festival in Bristol on the 21st of August 2020. Been to Bristol a few times and it’s always a pleasure. It’ll be one of the last festivals we play that summer, so we wanna “go out with a bang” and need your help and participation to do so.”
Joining Opeth include UK prog giants TesseracT (as a 2020 UK festival exclusive), American post rock legends This Will Destroy You, Emperor vocalist Ihsahn, post-metal Belgians Amenra(as a 2020 UK exclusive show) and British undefinable 5 piece Rolo Tomassi, who will be playing two full album sets across the weekend, performing both ‘Grievances’ and ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’.
From James Monteith of TesseracT – “It’s a huge honour to be asked back to ATG to play in 2020, probably the most forward thinking rock music festival in the UK. It’ll be our only UK festival performance of the year, so we’re planning to make it a very special occasion. We have an exciting new production and stage design in the works, and maybe.. just maybe there might be some new music too. Bring on ATG 2020!”
From CHVE from Amenra – “We’re very happy to finally play Arctangent, it’s been ages since we’ve been talking aboutit. Now at last we made it to the lineup. We’ve played more UK dates than ever in the past couple of years, and this show will be the crown.”
From Ihsahn – “My very first tour outside of Norway was in the UK, back in 1993, and since then I’ve always loved coming back. This will be my first performance at the Arctangent festival and also in the Bristol area and I very much look forward to play.”
For a full list of bands announced for ArcTanGent Festival 2020, see below:
(Friday Main Stage Headliner)
(Friday Main Stage Sub-Headliner)
This Will Destroy You
(Saturday Yokhai Stage Headliner)
(Thursday Main Stage Sub-Headliner)
(Friday Yokhai Stage Sub-Headliner)
(two full album sets over the weekend)
(Friday PX3 Stage Headliner)
Quail vs Kenny
(this is a special ATG commissioned set featuring a collaboration between Jo Quail and Howard James Kenny)
(performing two sets over the weekend, one of which will be a specially comissioned film called ‘SUBJECTS’)AND
– Svalbard / Alpha Male Tea Party / Stake / Curse These Metal Hands / Boss Keloid / Body Hound / VASA / Luo / BRIQUEVILLE / FES / TANKENGINE / The K. / Mountain Caller
The Super Early Bird tickets have already sold out, but if tickets are purchased before midnight tonight, Wednesday 6th November, you can still grab an Early Bird ticket (10% off) and get a full refund until March 1st if you change your mind.
Tickets for ArcTanGent Festival 2020 are on sale now from – HERE
A little bit about ATG
ArcTanGent is hosted on Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin. Check the map link for entry HERE. Only a short journey from Bristol city centre, Bristol Temple Meads Station and Bristol Airport. The entrance to the festival is on the B3134.
The award winning ArcTanGent is the world’s ultimate greenfields music festival delivers line-ups you won’t find anywhere else on Earth. ArcTanGent has built a reputation for itself as THE emerging UK rock festival, both putting on exclusive performances from exceptional, worldwide artists and supporting new, exciting talent. ArcTanGent is a fully independent festival that grows organically year on year
Previous acts include last years headliners Messhugah, Coheed and Cambria and Battles, as well as the likes of Shellac, Converge, Glassjaw, Explosions In The Sky, Russian Circles, Nordic Giants, American Football, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Carpenter Brut, Deafheaven, La Dispute, And So I Watch You From Afar, Animals As Leaders, Cult of Luna, Deerhoof, This Will Destroy You, 65daysofstatic, Zeal & Ardour, Daughters, Pigs7, TTNG, Brutus, Fuck Buttons, Black Peaks, Car Bomb, Rolo Tomassi, Arcane Roots, Employed To Serve and many more.
Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards, ArcTanGent Festival