ATP Nightmare Before Christmas Preview

Posted on 26 November 2011
By Samantha Maine
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All Tomorrow’s Parties have been curating some of the best festivals for the past 10 years and this December is sure to be one of their finest.

Starting off in the unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands for their first ever festival, ATP have welcomed the likes of Mogwai, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse and even Matt Groening to curate the line-up for each festival.

The festival has now moved to Butlins in Minehead to offer festival goers chalets, swimming pools and a beach as well as a fantastic line-up of indie, electro and all sorts.

Known for their eclectic offerings of established genres, this year’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ gives Caribou, Battles and Les Savy Fav the chance to let loose on their favourite bands.

Taking place the weekend of the 9th of December, the weekend definitely puts the ‘festive’ into this festival.

Friday sees Les Savy Fav take control, with the likes of Surfer Blood, Simian Mobile Disco, No Age and Holy Fuck taking to the handpicked stage.

Earning a loyal legion of fans show-by-show since their emergence onto the music scene back in 1996, Les Savy Fav’s New Yorker offering of indie rock is one to be trusted.

Battles take over on Saturday with a surprising array of electronica, subversive pop and math rock. The Underground Resistance Presents Interstellar Fugitives are low on the line-up but high in expectations.

With an ethos to create a sum much greater than their parts, the interconnectivity of each member proves that this is a set not to be missed.

There’s also bands such as Thank You, Cults, The Field and Bitch Magnet to look forward to on Saturday, as well as 80’s legend Gary Numan banging on about his car.

Flying Lotus provides the final support for Battles, proving that the band take genre upon genre as influence for their progressive rock.

Sunday is an electronica darling’s dream, as Caribou carefully chooses his support for the day. Theo Parrish will be playing a stonking four-hour set that is set to be a highlight of the whole weekend.

Four Tet has had one of the best two years in music and you’ll be able to see just how he’s managed to win over electronic and indie fans alike.

Pharoah Sanders will be providing the final support for Sunday, showcasing his distinctive tenor saxophone sounds that many an ATP fan may never have thought to see before.

Caribou himself will be joined by Marshall Allen, James Holden and Four Tet, as well as a four piece horn section and two drummers, making up the Caribou Vibration Ensemble. This will be a rare treat for anyone who became a fan of Caribou’s critically acclaimed debut ‘Swim.’

ATP is a festival for music fans, of many genres and tastes. The atmosphere continues to be friendly and respectful with a heavy dose of a great time.

Tickets are £170, which includes three nights stay in apartment accommodation and the delights of the Butlins resort – arcade games n’ all!

For more information and to buy tickets visit

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