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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 the song "All Tomorrow's Parties" 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.

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History

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," while Mike Patton stated it was his favourite gig of all time.

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 and was a huge success - this event occurred again in 2009 and a newly announced festival there is set for September 2010. In January 2009, the festival took place for the first time in Australia, with events in Brisbane, Sydney and Mount Buller (in Victoria) all curated by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

The small organisation that puts on these festivals also promote concerts in London and the rest of the United Kingdom, curate the yearly Don't Look Back concert series and run the record label ATP Recordings.

In 2009, Warp Films released a long awaited feature length documentary about the festival named All Tomorrow's Parties. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and then premiered in the UK at Edinburgh in June. In October 2009 the film was be screened at a number of 'one night only' UK theatrical screenings also featuring live music, with the main act performing to be Les Savy Fav, who feature in the film and have long been mainstays of ATP line-ups.

Past UK and US lineups

Forthcoming UK ATP Festivals

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UK 2010 curated by Matt Groening

7-9 May 2010. This event will be held at Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset. Line-up so far:

Iggy & The Stooges, Joanna Newsom, Spiritualized performing Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, The xx, CocoRosie, Built To Spill, She & Him, James Chance And The Contortions, Liars, Boredoms performing 9 Drummer Boadrum, The Raincoats, Toumani Diabate, Danielson, Anni Rossi, James Blackshaw, Viv Albertine's Limerence, Panda Bear, Daniel Johnston, The Residents, Deerhunter, Broadcast, Shonen Knife, Ruins alone (Tatsuya Yoshida), Amadou & Mariam, Ponytail, Konono No1, Thee Oh Sees, Juana Molina, Lightning Dust, Hope Sandoval, The Tiger Lillies, Hello Saferide, The Soft And Onlys, Cold Cave, Trash Kit and Jill Sobule.

UK 2010 curated by Pavement

14-16 May 2010. This event will be held at Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset. Line-up:

Pavement, Atlas Sound, The Authorities, Blitzen Trapper, Broken Social Scene, Calexico, The Clean, Camera Obscura, The Drones, Enablers, Endless Boogie, The Fall, Faust, The Fiery Furnaces, Grails, Marble Valley, Mission of Burma, Omar Souleyman + Sublime Frequencies, Pierced Arrows, Quasi, The Raincoats, Saccharine Trust, Sic Alps, Spiral Stairs, The 3Ds, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Wooden Shjips, Boris, Mark Eitzel, Monotonix, Boris performing Feedbacker, The Dodos, Venom P. Stinger, Wax Fang, Tim Chad & Sherry, Horse Guards Parade, Still Flyin', Terry Reid featuring Matt Sweeney, Times New Viking, Avi Buffalo and Surfer Blood.

Forthcoming U.S. ATP Festivals

USA ATP New York 2010 - Curated by Jim Jarmusch & ATP

3-5 September 2010. This event will be held at Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, New York. It will follow the same format as 2008 and 2009 with Friday featuring Don't Look Back sets and a curated comedy stage. ATP will host a tenth birthday celebration on the Saturday and Jim Jarmusch will curate on the Sunday. Criterion once again host the cinema.

Line-up so far:

Friday 3 September - Don't Look Back/Comedy:

Iggy & The Stooges performing Raw Power, Sleep performing Sleep's Holy Mountain, Mudhoney performing Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles and The Scientists performing Blood Red River with more to be confirmed.

Saturday 4 September - Curated by ATP:

Sonic Youth, Explosions In The Sky, The Breeders, Fuck Buttons, The Books, Papa M and APSE with more to be confirmed.

Sunday 5 September - Curated by Jim Jarmusch:

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Raekwon, Girls, Vivian Girls, The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips and Fucked Up with more to be confirmed.

References in popular culture

Los Campesinos! reference the festival in the name of their song Knee Deep at ATP, based on singer Gareth's experiences at one of the festivals.

All Tomorrow's Parties has been mentioned in episodes of the television programmes Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill.

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