The festival season is already in full swing, with several events behind us, but also plenty to look forward to. ArcTanGent Festival 2022, an independent festival taking place from 18 to 20 August near Bristol in the UK, has finally announced the line-up of artists with some interesting names for fans of Japanese music: instrumental rock band MONO, instrumental band Paranoid Void, and alternative rock band MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS. Headliners for ArcTanGent Festival 2022 are Opeth, Cult of Luna and Tesseract.
MONO will be touring Europe after their performance at the festival on Friday. Paranoid Void have some shows planned in the United Kingdom before and after their performance at the festival. Their performance will take place on the Elephant in the Bar Room stage on Friday. The performance of MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS at ArcTanGent Festival 2022 on Saturday will be the live debut in the UK for the band.
Get to know: MONO
Rock veterans MONO were planning to tour Europe for a couple of years, but eventually had to postpone it a couple of times. Now their upcoming European tour, titled Pilgrimage of the Soul, will take place in August and September. The title of the European tour comes from the instrumental rock band’s eleventh full-length album. This album was recorded and mixed during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020 and was released in September 2021.
Get to know: Paranoid Void
The Osaka-based instrumental math rock band Paranoid Void will soon release their second full-length album, titled travels in my universe. Their music is characterised by a guitar sound with a soaring feeling and a rhythm phrase that constantly changes in expression. The members of Paranoid Void are MEGURI (guitar), YU-KI (bass), and MIPOW (drums). More information on their upcoming UK tour can be found here.
Get to know: MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS
MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS got formed 20 years ago in Kobe, the alternative rock trio is known for tightly arranged, guitar-driven style, loud guitars, melodic pop vocals and a high-energy stage presence at their live events. The band once paused their activities in 2012 then reunion in 2017. The current lineup consists of Natsuko Miyamoto (vocal & Bass) , Naoya Ogura (guitar & backing vocal) and Isao Yoshino (drums & backing vocal). On 17 August, the band will release album number five, titled Awakening:Sleeping, four years after their last release. For this band it is the first time to perform in the United Kingdom.
More information about the festival and other performers can be found on the official website of ArcTanGent Festival.