Techfest 2019

4-7 July, Newark Showground, UK

UK Tech-Fest is a festival that celebrates all things technical, progressive and djent. Festival was formed in 2011 and has seen over the years headliners such as Sikth, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Northlane, Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Protest The Hero.

Festival’s 2019 edition was taking place on 4-8 July at Newark Showground, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK. Alongside over 50 bands across 4 days on two stages there were workshops and after-parties.

Jon Gomm

This year day 1 Early Bird headliner was Jon Gomm, acoustic solo artist, virtuoso guitarist from Leeds, UK. Who would have thought that one person with an acoustic guitar would be able to headline a festival and on top of that deliver such a captivating performance. With his bare feet Jon was working the pedals, while his fingers twisting pegs to retune strings mid note, slapping and tapping the guitar, picking, plucking, stroking the strings and the audience was sitting silently on the floor and listening in total awe to the genius that this guy is.

Day 2 was headlined by American death metal trio Dying Fetus. Some knew to report that the band had to cut their unloading and sound check time short due to delays whilst getting to the festival. Some sound issues were present during their set but considering the circumstances of the most anticipated performances of the weekend definitely did not leave us disappointed.

Dying Fetus

Having announced the departure of bands long time frontman Chris Barretto only couple of days before the festival due to personal reasons, Saturday’s headliners Monuments had Andy Cizek from Makari as a fill in. Any doubts on the quality of the show were soon cleared as Andy’s vocals were spot on and the whole performance was as brilliant as always.

Monuments

Tech Fest 2019 was closed by Norwegian prog metallers Leprous co- headlining Sunday night with Swedish act Vildhjarta for whom it was the only UK performance this year. The bright strobes wondering around the room combined with strong musicianship did create a surreal and eerie atmosphere. What an amazing finish of the night and the whole festival!

Leprous

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Line 6 Stage

Jon Gomm

Polaris

Voices from the Fuselage

Line 6 Stage

Dying Fetus

Black Tongue

Ice Fish

Annotations of an Autopsy

Andy James

Cold Night for Alligators

Siamese

Abhorrent Decimation

Line 6 Stage

Monuments

Psycroptic

TTNG

Shokran

Felix Martin

The Intersphere

22

Armed for Apocalypse

Line 6 Stage

Leprous

Vildhjarta

From Sorrow to Serenity

Morgan Agren

Carcer City

Sworn Amongst

Borders

Project Mishram

Fireball Stage

Jonestown

Karybdis

The Mechanist

The Human Veil

Hanging the Nihilist

Profiler

Pulse of Nature

Fireball Stage

Archspire

Ravenface

Red Method

Godeater

Odd Palace

Dividium

Keepsake

Fireball Stage

Palm Reader

Time, the Valuator

Deity’s Muse

Faces of Eve

Vexed

Unseen Faith

In Fear They Follow

Fireball Stage

Valis Ablaze

Harbinger

Mask of Judas

Hypophora

Familiar Spirit

Sertraline

Boe

Wow, what a weekend it has been! My first ever Techfest turned out be an amazing experience. Not that I had any doubts, but I did not expect so many nice Tech Fest veterans welcoming us newcomers to the Tech Fest family. See you all lovely people next year.

Oh, and don’t forget to mark these dates in your calendars: Tech Fest 2020 will be taking place 2-5 July at Newark Showground, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK.

Weekend tickets starting from £69.99 available to buy here:

Tickets

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

www.uktechfest.com

www.facebook.com/uktechfest

Arta Gailuma

Metalhead travel junkie and a geek.