All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)

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GenreAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_header_cell_0_1_0 Post-rock, indie rock, electronic, avant-garde, underground hip hopAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_cell_0_1_1
Location(s)All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_header_cell_0_2_0 London, EnglandAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_cell_0_2_1
Years activeAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_header_cell_0_3_0 1999–2016All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_cell_0_3_1
Founded byAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_header_cell_0_4_0 Barry HoganAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_cell_0_4_1
WebsiteAll Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_header_cell_0_5_0 All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_cell_0_5_1

All Tomorrow's Parties was an organisation based in London that promoted music festivals, concerts and records throughout the world for over ten years. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_0

It was founded by Barry Hogan in 2001 in preparation for the first All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, the line-up of which was picked by Mogwai and took place at Pontins, Camber Sands, England. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_1

Named after the song "All Tomorrow's Parties" by The Velvet Underground, the festival exhibited a tendency towards post-rock, indie rock, avant-garde music, and underground hip hop, along with more traditional rock fare presented in smaller venues than typical stadium performances. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_2

It was at first a sponsorship-free festival where the organisers and artists stay in the same accommodation as the fans. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_3

It claimed to set itself apart from festivals like Reading or Glastonbury by staying intimate, non-corporate and fan-friendly. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_4

Another difference was the line-ups being chosen by significant bands or artists, resulting in unorthodox events which often combined acts of all sizes, eras, and genres. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_5

Locations and artists All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_section_0

The festival took place in the UK, US, Japan, Iceland and Australia, and was curated by the following artists: Deerhunter, TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, The Drones, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Battles, Caribou, Les Savy Fav, Amos, Animal Collective, Godspeed You! All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_6 Black Emperor, Jim Jarmusch, Pavement, The Flaming Lips, The Breeders, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton & Melvins, My Bloody Valentine, Explosions In The Sky, Pitchfork Media, Portishead, Fennesz, Dirty Three, Thurston Moore, The Shins, Sleater Kinney, Dinosaur Jr., Devendra Banhart, Mudhoney, The Mars Volta, Vincent Gallo, Slint, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Tortoise, Shellac, Sonic Youth, Boards of Canada, Autechre, Modest Mouse, Cowboy Junkies, and Simpsons' creator Matt Groening. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_7

History All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_section_1

The festival had its origins in the Bowlie Weekender, curated by Belle & Sebastian at Camber Sands in April 1999. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_8

Artists, usually musicians (but sometimes visual artists like Matt Groening, whose line-up featured in the Observer's list of the ten best festivals of the year, or Jake and Dinos Chapman) were asked to curate the festival by inviting their favourite performers to play. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_9

The idea was that it was akin to dipping into the curator's record collection, or as founder Barry Hogan described it, "ATP is like an excellent mix tape". All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_10

In 2001 the organisation spawned ATP/Recordings, a record label originally created to bring out compilation albums related to its festivals. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_11

However the label eventually moved on from just doing compilations for the festival to sign and release singles and albums from artists including Threnody Ensemble, Bardo Pond, The Magic Band, Deerhoof, White Out, Death Vessel, The Drones, Fursaxa, The Scientists, Apse, Fuck Buttons, Alexander Tucker, Sleepy Sun, Spiritualized, Built To Spill, Autolux and most recently Tall Firs and Tennis. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_12

At the end of 2007 ATP/R launched series of double 7" singles called Custom Made, which would feature bands choosing four songs; one something old, one something new, one something borrowed (a cover version) and one something blue (artists were free to interpret this as they feel). All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_13

Artists to release singles in this series were Australia's The Drones, Britain's Alexander Tucker and America's Deerhoof. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_14

In 2002, the festival expanded to the USA, and several events took place there in subsequent years. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_15

The organisation also became involved in booking stages at the Pitchfork Music Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_16

In 2008, All Tomorrow's Parties ran their first East Coast USA festival, which took place at Kutsher's Hotel and Country Club, Monticello, New York. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_17

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. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_18

The organisation that put on these festivals also promoted concerts in London and the rest of the United Kingdom, curated the yearly Don't Look Back concert series and ran the record label ATP Recordings. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_19

All Tomorrow’s Parties, as with a number of modern festivals, embraced a variety of artistic genres. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_20

Most festival events featured art exhibitions and cinema programmes (in the USA, ATP collaborated with Criterion to present cinema highlighted by appearances from Paul Schrader and Jim Jarmusch), and others featured spoken word performances, stand-up comedy, and book clubs. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_21

In 2007 the curators allowed festival-goers to pick the line-up by organising a voting process for all ticketholders in the months running up to the event, and this was repeated in May 2009. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_22

The 2007 festival took place at Butlin's Minehead. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_23

In the years before 2013, when ATP announced they were ceasing to hold residential festivals in the UK, the festival took place up to three or four times a year in the UK (in May and then in December for the 'Nightmare Before Christmas'). All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_24

UK festivals were planned to recommence in 2015, moving to Pontins Prestatyn. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_25

In 2009, Warp Films released a feature-length documentary about the festival named All Tomorrow's Parties. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_26

It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and then premiered in the UK at Edinburgh in June. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_27

In October 2009 the film was screened at a number of 'one night only' UK theatrical screenings also featuring live music from Les Savy Fav, who feature in the film and have long been mainstays of All Tomorrow's Parties line-ups. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_28

In 2010, ATP announced I'll Be Your Mirror, a series of events to take place in cities around the world named after the B-side to the original 1966 "All Tomorrow's Parties" single by the Velvet Underground. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_29

These events still involved a curator choosing all the music and films that play at the event, but without the holiday resort accommodation. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_30

The first event took place in Tokyo, Japan in February 2011. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_31

Significant past performances at ATP festivals include the reformations of The Magic Band, Television, The Jesus Lizard, Sleep, and Slint amongst others. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_32

All Tomorrow's Parties also presented the return of My Bloody Valentine with a series of worldwide live performances throughout 2008, the London concerts of which were named Time Out London's Gig of the Year. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_33

Financial difficulties All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_section_2

In 2012, the company running the events was put into liquidation, owing £2.6 million to its creditors. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_34

The company's directors set up a new firm, Wilwall, but this also experienced difficulties, filing late accounts, incurring significant debts, and was subject to court judgements related to debt. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_35

A Grizzly Bear concert at Alexandra Palace was cancelled, as was its urban festival, Jabberwocky, the latter only 3 days before the event was due to take place. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_36

A festival hosted by Drive Like Jehu was to be held in Prestatyn in Wales in 2016, but this was moved to Manchester in England, before being cancelled. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_37

A few months later the company went in administration, and its scheduled festival in Iceland was cancelled. All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_sentence_38

See also All Tomorrow's Parties (festival)_section_3

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