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ATP to scale back holiday camp festivals, lists ‘last hurrah’ feat Television and LOOP

By | Published on Friday 26 April 2013


All Tomorrow’s Parties is to slimline its large-scale live activities, it’s been revealed. The promotions co has billed a pair of ‘End Of An Era’ events as its last ever ‘holiday camp festivals’, meaning its city-based I’ll Be Your Mirror fests will become the firm’s core business.

It’s been a rocky ride for the promoter over the past couple of years. ATP boss Barry Hogan announced he was phasing out the company’s springtime seaside festivals back in 2011, and then the ATP company went into liquidation last July. A less-than-positive 2012 also saw ATP ‘end its relationship’ with erstwhile holiday camp base Butlins, moving its remaining seaside fests back to Butlins rival Pontins. The ATP business re-emerged though, and while a partnership with MAMA proved to be short-lived, the company continued to promote its always interesting events.

And so, after that brief history of ATP, to news of its last holiday camp hurrah, a two-part ‘End Of An Era’ extravaganza taking place at Pontins, Camber Sands, from 22-24 Nov and 29 Nov-1 Dec. Staged in partnership with Primavera Sound, weekend one is headlined by Television, who’ll play their 1977 LP ‘Marquee Moon’, and will co-star Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr’s Dinos Chapman, Les Savy Fav, múm, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hebronix, Mike Watt, Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Wolf Eyes, BEAK> and Eraas. The final weekend, meanwhile, is curated by art-rock icons LOOP, and will feature The Pop Group, 23 Skidoo, Fennesz, Edan, The KVB, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms and Thought Forms.

A word on it all from Barry Hogan: “When we started all this fourteen years ago, we had no idea how a festival curated by a single artist and based in a family holiday camp would play out. It was a mad idea that somehow came to fruition helped by the fact that people were looking for something different from the overpriced conveyor belt corporate rock sponsor-fests that populate the British summer. Looking back we have so many great memories – where else would you find Iggy Pop, Matt Groening, Patti Smith or Nick Cave holed up in a basic chalet at a Pontins’ Holiday Camp? The support from the artists and festival-goers alike has been incredible but it’s time to move on and look towards the future, it may also be time to let Camber Sands rest in peace!”