All Tomorrow's Parties (music festival)


All Tomorrow's Parties (music festival)

All Tomorrow's Parties is a music festival which takes place in England at Camber Sands holiday camp in East Sussex and Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset.

Named after a song by The Velvet Underground, it was founded by Barry Hogan in 1999 as an alternative to larger, more corporate festivals like Reading or Glastonbury, with a tendency towards post-rock, avant-garde, and underground hip hop, along with more traditional rock fare, but presented in an environment more intimate than a giant stadium or huge country field. ATP is a sponsorship free festival where the organisers and artists stay in the same accommodation as the fans.

The festival has its origins in the Bowlie Weekender, curated by Belle & Sebastian at Camber Sands in April 1999. Artists, usually musicians (but sometimes visual artists like Matt Groening or Jake and Dinos Chapman) are asked to curate the festival by inviting their favourite performers to play. The idea is that it is akin to dipping into the curator's record collection, or as Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth described it, "It's the ultimate mix tape". Steve Albini, a curator in 2002, has been quoted as stating that "There are three things in the world that I endorse: Abbey Road ... Nutter Butter Sandwich Cookies; and All Tomorrow's Parties."

In 2002 the festival expanded to the USA, and several events have taken place there in subsequent years. In recent years the ATP organisation has also been involved in booking stages at the Pitchfork Music Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. In 2008 ATP ran their first East-Coast US. festival, which took place at the Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, New York on September 19-21 and was a huge success. Tickets for a followup event taking place at the same location over Labor Day weekend 2009 are on sale now from the [http://www.atpfestival.com ATP site] .

In September 2008, it was announced that the festival would expand to Australia in January 2009, with events in Brisbane, Sydney and Mt Buller (in Victoria). Tickets for the Mt Buller event are on sale now from the [http://www.atpfestival.com ATP site] .

The small organisation that puts on these festivals also promote concerts in [http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atp-london-concerts/ London] and the rest of the United Kingdom, curate the yearly Don't Look Back concert series and run the record label ATP Recordings.

Forthcoming UK ATP Festivals

UK 2008 A Nightmare Before Christmas - curated by Mike Patton/Melvins

5-7/12/2008. This event will be held at All Tomorrow's Parties second home: Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset. Line-up so far:

Melvins, Isis, Neil Hamburger, Dälek, Big Business, The Black Heart Procession, Torche, Kill Me Tomorrow, J.G. Thirlwell's Manorexia, The Dirtbombs, Mastodon, Butthole Surfers, Fantômas perform "The Director's Cut", The Locust, Zu, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Farmers Market, Squarepusher, Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan, White Noise, The Damned, Stockhausen's "Kontakte" w/ Steinberg & Winant, MadLove, Double Negative, Boss Hog, Rahzel, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Tweak Bird, Os Mutantes, Meat Puppets, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Mugison, Monotonix, Taraf De Haidouks, Bernard Parmegiani, Porn, Labeque Sisters, Vocal Sampling, Fennesz, Kool Keith + Kutmasta Kurt, Ghostigital, Junior Brown, Martina Topley Bird

Forthcoming Australian ATP Festivals

Australian ATP 2009 - curated by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

9-18/01/2009 - Events in Brisbane, Sydney's Cockatoo Island and Mt Buller (in Victoria). These are the currently confirmed lineups with much more to be added in all three locations. Mt Buller is a two day event on the 9th-10th January. Sydney is a one day lineup repeating on the 17th and 18th January at Cockatoo Island. Brisbane is a series of one night stands the main event of which is a large show at the Riverstage venue on the 15th.

Mt. Buller Lineup:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Saints, Spiritualized, Fuck Buttons, Harmonia, The Necks, Laughing Clowns, Robert Forster, James Blood Ulmer, Michael Gira, Primitive Calculators, Afrirampo, Silver Apples, Bridezilla, Rowland S. Howard, The Stabs, with more to be announced.

Sydney Lineup:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Saints, Spiritualized, Fuck Buttons, Harmonia, The Necks, Laughing Clowns, Robert Forster, James Blood Ulmer, Michael Gira, Afrirampo, Silver Apples, Bridezilla, with more to be announced.

Brisbane Lineup:

Riverstage: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Spiritualized, Robert Forster, & James Blood Ulmer, with more to be announced.Powerhouse 'one night stands': Afrirampo, Fuck Buttons, & Harmonia, with more to be announced.

Forthcoming USA ATP Festivals

USA ATP New York 2009 - curated by ATP/To Be Confirmed

4-6/09/2008. This event will be held at Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, New York over Labor Day weekend 2009. It will follow the same format as 2008's event with Friday featuring Don't Look Back sets and a comedy curated stage. Saturday will be once again curated by ATP and Sunday will be a special guest curator who will be revealed in the coming weeks. Criterion will once again host the cinema. Early bird tickets are on sale from the [http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atp-ny-2009/ ATP website] .

ee also

* Past All Tomorrow's Parties lineups
* List of music festivals in the United Kingdom

External links

* [http://www.atpfestival.com All Tomorrow's Parties Official Site]
* [http://www.dontlookbackconcerts.com Don't Look Back Official Site]
* [http://www.soundgenerator.com/news/showarticle.cfm?articleid=7818 All Tomorrow's Parties Festival 2006: The weekend in pictures]
* [http://thelineofbestfit.com/2007/05/23/atp-v-the-fans-18th19th20th-may-2007-minehead/ All Tomorrow's Parties Festival 2007: ATP vs. The Fans - The weekend in words and pictures]
* [http://www.myspace.com/atpfestival ATP Myspace]
* [http://www.last.fm/group/ATP+Official ATP LastFm Group]


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