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The Breeders to play Last Splash at Deerhunter's ATP & in London
28th February, 2013
From Atlanta, Deerhunter have been one of the most exciting up and coming bands in rock music in the last decade. They are long time ATP regulars (and favourites) and we're very happy to have them head the bill as curators of our festival this Spring. Their event takes place at Pontins, Camber Sands from Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June 2013.
Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson played their first show together as The Breeders on Friday June 19, 1992, in a snooker hall behind Warrington Rugby Club in the north of England, near Manchester. Two days later they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast, and then played at Glastonbury. Back in the US, after playing 27 sold-out shows that fall, they made their way to San Francisco to record Last Splash.
Released August 30, 1993, reviewers described Last Splash as "effervescent," "blistering," and "incoherent." At its center is the infectiously appealing, instantly recognizable "Cannonball." Propelled in part by the video directed by Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze, the song was voted Single of the Year by the NME. After more than two years of touring, they played their last show on September 5th, 1994, at Lollapalooza in Los Angeles.
17 years, 8 months, and 30 days later, Jim and Josephine got a text from Kim: should we get together to play Last Splash for its twentieth anniversary? They met up in November to start rehearsals. In June, 2013, they will perform the album live at ATP, Camber Sands, UK, curated by Deerhunter.
In April, 2013, 4AD Records will release LSXX, a Deluxe Anniversary Edition of Last Splash.
The band will also play a London headline show at the Forum on the 19th June, tickets for which are on sale here.
Deerhunter to perform Cryptograms, Microcastle & Halcyon Digest at their ATP Festival this June
28th February, 2013
Hailing from Atlanta, Deerhunter have been one of the most exciting up and coming bands in rock music in the last decade - with side projects Atlas Sound from Bradford Cox and Lotus Plaza from Lockett Pundt also grabbing huge acclaim and helping to build their very dedicated fanbase. They are long time ATP regulars (and favourites) and we're very happy to have them head the bill of our June festival - they will play three different sets, each showcasing a performance of one of their LPs "Cryptograms", "Microcastle" and "Halcyon Digest" in full. There will be an Atlas Sound show, and Deerhunter will also of course be picking the rest of the June festival line-up. Their event takes place at Pontins, Camber Sands from Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June 2013.
A statement from the band: "ATP has been a part of our lives as Deerhunter for many years now and it's a great honour to be asked to curate."
Tickets for ATP's 2013 UK events are priced at £180 per person and include festival entry + accommodation, on sale now from this link.
What Is Don't Look Back?
28th February, 2013
All Tomorrow's Parties is an organisation based in London that has been promoting festivals and concerts throughout the world for around ten years. It was founded by Barry Hogan in 1999 in preparation for the first All Tomorrow's Parties festival, the line-up of which was curated by Mogwai and took place in the unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands.
Since then the festival has appeared every year, and continues to set itself apart from festivals like Reading or Glastonbury by staying intimate, non-corporate and fan-friendly. Another vital difference is that the line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists, resulting in unpredictable and exciting events which combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. The All Tomorrow's Parties festival has become more successful with every passing year, moving in 2006 to a larger holiday camp. It has taken place in the UK, USA and Australia, and has been curated by the following artists:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton & Melvins, My Bloody Valentine, Explosions In The Sky, Pitchfork Media, Portishead, Dirty Three, Sonic Youth, The Shins, Sleater Kinney, Dinosaur Jr., Devendra Banhart, Mudhoney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Mars Volta, Vincent Gallo, Slint, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Tortoise, Shellac, Autechre, Modest Mouse, and Simpsons' creator Matt Groening.
All Tomorrow's Parties also sets itself apart from other festivals by embracing seemingly disparate artistic genres. Most festival events feature art exhibitions and cinema programmes (in New York ATP collaborated with Criterion to present a programme highlighted by an appearance from Paul Schrader), and others have featured spoken word performances and stand up comedy.
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 is being repeated in May 2009. The festival now takes place three times a year in the UK (twice in May and once in December for the 'Nightmare Before Christmas'). In recent years ATP's involvement in festivals has spread further; including curating a yearly stage at Barcelona's acclaimed Primavera Sound Festival, and also curating a stage at Pitchfork Magazine's Music Festival in Chicago in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 ATP organised their first east coast U.S. festival at Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, New York. It was called 'an unforgettable end to the summer festival season' by Spin magazine, and Pitchfork stated that it was: 'the most enjoyable festival experience of our reporter's life.' ATP plans to return to Kutshers in September 2009 with guest curators The Flaming Lips, and tickets are now on sale. At the start of 2009 the first ATP Australia festival took place in Mt. Buller, Sydney and Brisbane, all curated by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to huge acclaim in all locations.
Significant past performances at ATP festivals include the reformations of The Magic Band, Television and Slint amongst others. All Tomorrow's Parties were also proud to present the return of My Bloody Valentine with a series of worldwide live performances throughout 2008, the London concerts of which were named Time Out's Gig Of The Year.
Don't Look Back
ATP does not merely curate festivals; the company is also involved in organising other special events (such as a yearly Halloween show named Release The Bats), and promoting gigs throughout the year mostly in London and other UK cities, but also in Europe, Australia and the USA. Another major project is Don't Look Back, which since 2005 has seen ATP working to curate seasons in which artists perform famous or acclaimed albums in a live setting in album order. Past seasons have included legendary performances from The Stooges ('Funhouse'), Belle & Sebastian ('If You're Feeling Sinister'), Gang Of Four ('Entertainment'), Ennio Morricone (classic film soundtracks), Slint ('Spiderland') and Sonic Youth, whose series of performances of the classic 'Daydream Nation' earned the title of Time Out magazine's Gig Of The Year 2007.