Download Festival 2018: Tesseract


Download Festival

The Dogtooth Stage

Friday, June 8, 2018


By Eric Mackinnon


British prog-rock pioneers Tesseract will headline The Dogtooth Stage at next month's mega stacked Download Festival an din the process go in direct competition for the hearts, minds and ears of fans against Avenged Sevenfold who will be headlining the main stage at the same time.

Not that Tesseract guitarist James Monteith is too worried though as he feels both bands, and genres, have vastly different fan bases.

“Being asked to headline the Dogtooth stage at Download is pretty awesome,” he says.

“We’re going up against Avenged Sevenfold which is quite funny. I don’t think they’ll be much crossover because I don’t think prog fans like Avenged Sevenfold.”

He continues: “I think we’re all feeling positive just now. We’ve just announced our US headline tour and looks like tickets are shifting well.”

Monteith also insists playing an intimate gig to a small crowd isn't any different to the band than a mega crowd like Download.

“To be honest, because we’re kind of veterans at this now, if you go out and play in front of 50 people or 5000 people it doesn’t make a massive difference in terms of how it feels,” he explains.

“I think as long as people are enjoying it, that’s the key thing.”

Tesseract's fourth album 'Sonder' saw the boys retain vocalist Daniel Tompkins for what has been recognised as the band's biggest guitar crunching record to date.

It has been a gradual rise for the band and Monteith hopes they can continue their growth.

“We’ve never had any real dips or troughs,” he said.

“There’s never been a moment where the world has gone ‘Oh Tesseract are really great, we should all really like them!’ In fact, for the first five years of the band, nobody gave a fuck and it was just constantly battling away, and then we found key supporters who got behind us.

“But I think it’s worked to our advantage. Because there’s never been any boom period we’ve had very steady growth over the last 12 years, and in all honesty I’ve never thought about the profile growing because it’s been such a slow process.”

He added: “Compared to last year it doesn’t feel like there’s been much change, but there probably has been a slight incremental change as there is every year.

“I think announcing a new album is always a key moment – if it’s received well and people like it then hopefully we’ll continue that growth.”