Arc Festival Preview

Arc festival is a new one day party at Eastville Park in Bristol, this saturday the 27th of April, and it promises to be a great day for lovers of electronic music and digital art. They’ve put together a really well thought out mix of brilliant local and international artists that shows off some of the real players on the scene right now.


The first thing that has really struck me about this festival is the visual aspect. From the get go with the impeccably designed flyers, posters and website they’ve really set a cool vibe with this design. Some major visual collaborations promise to complement the great line up of music with projection mapped sculptures, LED installations and immersive visuals. To make full use of this fantastic technology the line-up is crammed full of AV shows from the likes of Warp veteran Clark, Tarik Barri and local turntable master Cheeba amongst others.

Check out the preview video for a taste of the great visual design I’m talking about:

With all these great visuals it’d be easy to fall down on the audio side of things but with the likes L-acoustics quadrophonic sound for the main stage and Funktion 1 surround sound for stage 2 this looks highly unlikely.

It’s hard to pick highlights from this great line up but my picks for the festival are

  • Livity Sound (Live) – This collaborative effort of local legend Peverelist, Kowton and Asuru doesn’t get that many outings but I’ve heard big things and their Boiler Room set from last year was on repeat for me for months.
  • Typesun – This up and coming producer/dj from Bristol released an album at the start of the year that has made some waves and he looks set to continue to rise with his blend of underground electronic sounds with an R&B influence.
  • Pinch – Having recently announced a new label (yes, another one), Cold Recordings, with a preview of the first release and a fantastic mix, Pinch continues to walk the line between techno and dubstep. His set is sure to be filled with a load of bass heavy new dubplates and probably some old favourites too.
  • The Black Dog (Live) – Having helped define the IDM movement in the 90s along with the likes of Aphex Twin, The Black Dog’s influence is far reaching and without them and their like the scene may well be very different and probably not as interesting. Don’t think this is just going to be a trip down memory lane though as the current members keep things contemporary and relevant. I recently heard a mix by them featuring tunes by Lorca and South London Ordinance which isn’t really what I’d expect from these guys. Having never heard them play a live set I have no idea of the style they’ll be going for, all I know is that I’m excited.

So with this eclectic mix of techno, electronica and house alongside great visuals and fantastic sound systems its set to be a great day. And the weather forecast looks good (by this I mean no rain, we live in England, this constitutes good weather)!

If that’s not enough to get you excited for Arc then have a look at the great selection of after parties they’re putting on:

Donuts –

Room 237 –

Wigflex –

To Boldy Go –

Lunar Bunker Afterhours –

Arc Festival website:

Get tickets here for just £20:


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