This August, for the sixteenth time, Infest festival will take over the University of Bradford in the UK for three days to provide its international audience with perhaps the summer season’s most varied lineup of industrial and crossover alternative styles.
Infest’s first edition in 1998 was an effect of a combined effort of three students of Bradford University – Gareth “Gadge” Harvey, Chris “Crusty” Molyneux and Max “Maxi Slag” Niblock – and the Entertainment Manager of the campus’ Student’s Union, Floyd Peltier. From those beginnings as a local single-day event, Infest expanded into a two-day festival, headlined by the seminal gothic band Alien Sex Fiend, and from there continued to gain its momentum year after year.
The departure of one of the festival’s original creators shifted the focus of the event, but the addition of the promoter and DJ Mark “Gus” Guy meant that Infest finally manifested itself in its final form, defined across the decade by the presence of some of the scene’s heavy-hitters like Apoptygma Berzerk, Covenant, Front 242, and the industrial les enfants terribles, The Gothsicles, Snog, and Caustic.
Since 2000, the three summer days in the quiet academic Bradford have been bringing together a plethora of alternative genres from power noise to electro and pop to the bouncing infectious rhythms of EBM. While the gothic influences are not as prominent as they were upon the birth of Infest over 16 years ago, one brief look at the lineup of this year’s edition easily proves that the diversity of styles is still at the heart of the show.
Continuing the tradition of bringing together artists from the opposing polar extremes of the scene, from And One to Grendel, the organizers of the festival strived to deliver an eclectic mix of performances and allow the festival audience to see some of the scene’s most accomplished and most promising artists.
Among the confirmed acts of Infest 2014, audiences will be lucky to catch Cracknation’s very own Acucrack performing in Europe for the first time ever, darkwave legends Project Pitchfork, electronic maestros Juno Reactor and Haujobb, and the return of the long defunct Ashbury Heights, as well as the UK debut of Legend and Mr. Kitty.
Sponsored by Jägermeister and Storming the Base, Infest will take place on August 22-24 with ReGen Magazine reporting on every single performance. Check the full lineup below and Infest’s website for tickets and additional details about the available accommodations and available modes of transportation to Bradford and the festival itself.
Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)