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Post ATP Depression sufferes unite!
im seeing them tonight...
along with SLEEP
fucking hell. SLEEP.
U R DOING IT WRONG.
Friend of mine watched Electric Wizard with Matt Pike. Doesn't really get any better than that for a Doom kid. I couldn't be more jealous. SLEEP for gods sake I missed them :'(
Taking a running jump into the crowd during the intro to the first song- a moment of true awesomeness.
By telling us all about it then?
Who'd you see? Who was good? What was the worst thing you drank? Did the bar stay open until 5am playing Vitalic very loud? etc
Possibly my favourite of the three I've seen so far. Absolutely loved Devo, Grizzly Bear, Marnie Stern, !!!, Spiritualized, M83 were a great surprise as were Health, Beirut, Nico Muhly, Grails... all of them verged from excellent to absolutely superspaffingly awesome. Watched a bit of Fuck Buttons, wasn't at all taken by their new stuff, and Hush Arbors was pretty meh. Non musical highlights - meeting Edward Droste, Nico Muhly (thanks to Twitter for those first two!) and getting high fives and hugs from Marnie Stern, getting sweated on by the dude from !!!, dancing in Crazy Horse for four hours on Saturday night (falling spectacularly on my now very bruised bum), going to a ridiculous 3rd floor chalet party with crowdsurfing, then dancing all the way to the beach until 6am. Now very tired, pretty blue, and hugely envious of everyone going next weekend!
Oh, also I meated Guntrip again, Bamos, Sophie of ATP intro fame and Zakia. Nice to meet you all! (Sorry if I've forgotten anyone).
Anyone know if the rumours about Girls Aloud watching Grizzly Bear were true?! Seems unlikely...
rumour = untrue. as they were playing in Glasgow on Friday night and Saturday...one of the best shows i've seen in ages too.
were the best thing ever. great weekend. i am now hurting a lot from drinking til 6am though, puked into my hat on the bus, fuckin a!
The Jesus Lizard's Saturday night show will undoubtly go down in ATP history as a true classic. The sight of David Yow ripping his shirt off and diving headlong into the crowd during the opening bars of the very first song was a moment to cherish, before the whole venue erupted in a sweaty moshpit of flailing arms and legs, and it would continue like that for the following hour. And they still sound as tight as hell, like they've never been anyway.
Sunday night's performance was a bit more measured affair building up nicely to another frenzied climax, with a different setlist plus a far superior sound compared to Saturday.
Jeff lewis, castitone, Beirut, Spiritualizerd, Killing joke, meeting Dave Yow on the Sunday near the chalets and then seeing them at the barrier on sunday, Health;'s last 20 minutes, Sleep making me death, Marnie Stern, awesone errors set, and being surprised by Andrew WK.
And the waterslides. And the chips on the beach. Oh, and Grizzly Bear.
Harvey Milk was a definite highlight for me. Andrew WK was woeful.
i.e. the first 10 minutes were a good bit of crowd-whipping up frenzy, followed by nothing much. Is it just me, or is he just like Tom Cruise's character in Magnolia? It occurs to me I may have to change my username, any resemblance of which to Andrew WK is entirely co-incidental.
Highlights: meeting Alan Sparhawk (and Eric and Steve) and hearing their set. Alan was much, much tighter than he was at the Koko last November (maybe he's more relaxed when Mimi's a few thousand miles away...). Sleepy Sun, Beirut, Shearwater were all fantastic. Devo were much, much better than I expected.
Fuck Buttons new stuff is not as good as I'd hoped, given the revelation that they were the first time I heard them.
All in, another fantastic weekend.
That moment when you pop your chalet keys back in the little box is very depressing, isn't it?
sounds like tonight might be a good-un then :)
If anyone sees me anywhere near a bottle of rum again, please chin me
struggling to put into words how good the weekend was... Will maybe try a bit after getting some sleep....
having had to stop the car as I thought I was going to be sick. Classy times.
Fucking awesome weekend. Grouper, !!!, Devo, Mae Shi, Nico Muhly = all amazing. Hell I even enjoyed Andrew WK.
I can't believe I'm doing it all again in about 90 hours time.
was excellent i thought. Only bad i did not like awas Young Marble Giants. Boring...
though was so surprised by how small the crowd was.
I can't get over how good !!! were.
But at least I already have !!! ticked off the list I guess.
I was so pissed last night it was ridiculous.
It was insane. Mae Shi train WHOOOOOOOOOO WHOOOOOOOOOOOO
Spent far too much money, but who cares- so many excellent bands, drunken fun times and all-you-can-eat Pizza Hut. And I'm doing it all again next weekend...
considering going to see them at ulu
(if the 7 times I've seen them to date are anything to go by).
A review I read of the Leeds gig was good. But alas I didn't get the ATP treatment.
ULU is a nice little venue too. The sound upstairs is particularly ace, but I shall likely be down the front that night especially as PABHorses are supporting.
* Just for you cyberdemon
that sounds top.
The choice was between them and lying in the grass enjoying the last of the day's sunshine with a beer. Sun+beer won. And they partially overlapped with the good fun of !!! on a different stage.
(to a boy who looked like a kid from Skins in a brightly-coloured hoodie zipped over his face)
"It's like a kiddies version of Hellraiser without the benefit of rape."
I liked how the bassist described ATP as an "alternative festival of beards and flannel shirts". I then caught some love hearts he threw into the crowd. Fun times.
Who were all the people I met? I just realised I know hardly any of your usernames. I was Joe, I had a beard and I may have been trying too hard to be liked.
Also, I hope Joel who can (could) jump over stuff was ok...
Who were all the people I met? I just realised I know hardly any of your usernames. I'm Joe, I have a beard and I may have been trying a little too hard to be liked.
Also I hope Joel who can (could) jump over things was ok...
All were wonderful. Sheeit.
on Sunday night was probably the most amazing gig I've ever seen/heard. Their set on Saturday was brain-melting, but somehow Sunday was even more intense. I still can't get over how great they were.
Jesus Lizard were everything I'd hoped they'd be - brutal, tight, intense and fun. Yow's still got it. And Electric Wizard destroyed my face on Friday night.
Honourable mentions go to HEALTH, Pink Mountaintops, FOTL, Sleepy Sun and Sian Alice Group.
Other highlights were Fuck Buttons, Health, Spiritualized (the most ecstatic human being I've ever seen was stood next to me), Sian Alice Group and Shearwater (!!!!). Every night after bands was awesome too. The whole weekend was just swell!
Apparently one chk better than !!!
this year was amazing but it felt like Nathan Barley's family had finally stepped into the ATP festival! not like im against that, but there seemed to be a lot more idiots than normal.
Everything I got to see was incredible, not one bad performance...
Harvey Milk, Jesus Lizard, Sleep, Grails, Antipop Consortium, Errors, Jesu, Electric Wizard, Health (finally i get it now), Andrew WK, FOTL, Qui...
but nothing, NOTHING will ever top that first come back performance of Jesus Lizard. I have black and blue rib bruises all over my chest. Getting to watch them with Bob Weston of Shellac was an incredible highlight! Bob you owe me a £1!
better the second time...seeing them again tonight means all the greatness x3. Harvey milk brilliant as the3 piece. Killing Joke played Pandemonium at the end!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the first live song I ever saw when I was 14 at my first ever gig!!!!
Devo was brilliant except for the flatulent flailing bitch in front of me.
I was gutted to miss Qui and Andrew WK :((((.
The guitarist was skulking for drugs around Crazy horse and started calling Jello Biafra a cunt.
Incredible. Just unbelievably good. Also Jesus Lizard, Killing Joke, Devo, Harvey Milk, Beirut, !!!, Marnie Stern, HEALTH The Mae Shi etc etc.
I met the bassist from Parts & Labor about 4 times on Sunday. I feel like I'm practically in them now.
Also meeting a whole load of you was a particular highlight. You were all really awesome and nice, and made me feel very much welcome and at home. The Crazy Horse session on Sunday night was the perfect way to end the weekend.
About 1000x better than the other ATP I went to. Now I really want to go to another one :(
I finished "Our Band Could Be Your Life" on the train on the way back as well. That didn't help.
I also don't think i saw a bad performance all weekend.
Photos to follow.
Thanks to everyone that came to our chalet party and danced to the Backstreet Boys and Madonna.
SPIRITUALIZED! That version of Come Together was incredible.
band of the festival; SLEEP. closely followed by RGC and SoSB.
didnt really enjoy that many bands, but it was fantastic fun getting to know some people a bit better (bamos, sadpunks chalet etc) and spending time with good friends (seeingotherpeople, jonny etc).
I want to hear more about Andrew WK's set. What form did it take? What got played?
"and this is a song about having a good time and parties."
Singing over backing tracks, and playing a bit of keyboard over the top. The first half he did more talking than playing, it was sort of a motivational speech. He also bought out a load of weirdos from his record label, including a guy who had a massive balloon for a head.
Songs that got played: Long Live The Party, Ready To Die, I Love NYC, We Want Fun, Party Hard, I Get Wet
Double gutted I missed it...andrew wk on keyboard and backing tracks and david tibet=John Shuttleworth+Stewie
tibet did guest screams on party hard whilst wearing corpsepaint and an andrew wk tshirt. only at atp.
Well, if you like Andrew WK anyway, which I do.
Cheers for the writeup.
Probably the best performance I've ever seen; not musically, just how he got the crowd going so completely.
it was basically like a Wu Tang Clan gig or something
but after sat night my knee starting hurting..I don't remember what happened...but it's fucking ballooned into something hideous now
and having an amazing time at the arcades, I didnt see too many bands and missed a lot of key ones I REALLY wanted to see but Devo and in PARTICULAR !!! were core moments for me. The amount of dancing during !!! was incredible, the first time at an ATP that I saw people not directly in the front of the crowd full out dancing, the atmosphere & show they generated was STUNNING.
Could have been the set of the festival rather than just a damn good one.
same with HEALTH and M83
I spent last night chasing a naked guy out of a chalet at 5am. I am in a lot of pain right now, everywhere. I think my voice is dead, and I have had the worst ever journey home.
Highlights - Jesus Lizard. Way better on Sunday, seriously. The sound was right, the setlist was better, but it did lack that frenzied something.
Fuck Buttons on Friday night were revelatory. I think they are my favourite band ever, seriously, I was drunk and jumping and just generally ridiculously excited. The new stuff is all amazing. The formula is the same, but it's still so good. Whitehouse and Boredoms playing techno or nu balearic or something similarly ace.
Devo surprised me by being incredible and very hardcore sounding (exploding guitar wut!?)
Sleep were colossally heavy both nights, but the Sunday was special again - I think it was the sound improvement again, like Jesus Lizard.
Grails were woozy and fantastically warped. Might go and see them tomorrow if I've recovered. I think I was in a bit of the wrong mood, cause otherwise they might well have been the best thing there.
Antipop Consortium tore the joint a new arsehole. That guy can SERIOUSLY rhyme.
I'm saving the best till last.... HARVEY MOTHERFUCKIN' MILK. They absolutely slayed. 3 piece band, and just ridiculously heavy groovy rock and roll. Happy happy times.
Only disappointments were Grouper (though that was cause she was a] too quiet and b] on at a stupid time), Electric Wizard (for having awesome merch and awesome records but being dull as turd live). Oh, and missing Parts & Labor and Killing Joke to play the indiest and funniest game of cricket ever. Thanks Onearmedjizzer.
Other shit- drawing cocks with rob sarah daniel and jamie. We clearly should have won the quiz. I blame Beirut's manager for his lack of Springsteen knowledge. Some ringer he turned out to be.
Thinking I made Marnie Stern dance to Fuck Buttons with my exuberance and it turning out not to be her.
Mike Diver nearly breaking me by playing solid gold hit after solid gold hit after Andy fuck buttons played loads of The Knife. Wolf Like Me followed by DFA1979 nearly ended me.
Tom Harru Harrington being the world's most amusing drunk man. "YOU LOOK... TWAT!".
Upsetting people by jumping on top of the Mae Shi's canopy.
The guy from those chalet gigs. "powered by satan".
NUMBER ONE IS ANDY BOOOOOTH! AND NUMBER TWOOOOOO, IS ANDY BOOOTH!
There was no being upset though... I'm sure I was more impressed than anything!
Oh and sitting down to see Shearwater before Grails, and finding myself surrounded by (I kid you not) about 30 dissers, all chatting and drinking and laughing. This shit has gone way too far.
DEVO (obviously), Sleep (seriously amazing, I've been humming the riff from The Druid all weekend), HARVEY MOTHERFUCKING MILK, AWK, Marnie, Jesus Lizard, The Mae Shi, HEALTH, Robocop at the cinema and "Sing Out Your Window"
!!! were dismal, a hollow, pale facsimile of a once excellent live band. Managed to miss Anti Pop, Electric Wizard and Fuck Buttons after a quick nap turned into a five hour snooze, and then Spiritualized due to feeling sick after forgetting how vile and greasy Pizza Hut is.
I felt like death yet I was dancing like a loon
nothing like the one I loved back around "Louden Up Now", they're so hollow, one-dimensional and remarkably joyless, given how they used to look like they were having such a good time on stage, now they look like they're going through the motions.
Jesus Lizard (first night; saw only a bit of second due to watching This Will Destroy You)
The Mae Shi
HARVEY FUCKING MILK... My ears are still ringing.
Sleep on Saturday night = pretty much unreal.
The best bits of Parts & Labor were amaaazing, but I kinda tuned out a bit a couple of times.
The whole of 'Threads' by TWDY.
Future of the Left
Shearwater in 'why have I never watched these guys before?' good times shocker.
Grizzly Bear being Grizzly Bear pretty brilliantly.
SLEEP, again. Cos, like, yeah.
Me falling asleep to Fuck Buttons. SORRY.
Spiritualized... nope, never quite 'got it'.
The Acorn... although "Can I have a little more audience in my monitor" was a small LOL.
The bird shit on the car this morning.
you forgot your DJ set. Crazy horse was pumped. Born To Run -> Welcome To The Jungle.
And dear lord, don't play McLusky followed by Mudhoney. I fell over everywhere.
The security not letting people dance on stage = less fun.
But then again HEALTH & SAFETY.
Dancing like a sweaty cunt for hours last night was probably my non-band highlight. Fuck Buttons guy playing The Knife was fucking great.
Highlights. Jeffrey Lewis, Devo and the last bit of the Killing joke set I caught.
But Saturday was just so fucking good. Lords, Retribution Gospel Choir, Qui, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Errors followed by the Jesus Lizard.
I was fairly knackered on Sunday, but recovered in time for an exceptional Jesus Lizard set. Wheelchair Epidemic, Dancing Naked Ladies and finishing off with 7 vs 8. I was nearly in fucking tears.
for the Breeders ATP this weekend the quiz will be back in Crazy Horse
Lows: being a cunt
* Tim & Eric's Awesome Show
he was just about to nab it w/ the bird from eastenders when i left.
and you did create the catchphrase of the weekend.
There were so many. I'm going with "You look...twat"
"a gerry adams carbombing terrorist cunt"
So that's up there.
Both nights of Sleep. The first night expecially.
Grails being amazing. I loved the way the drummer was stalking round the stage.
Harvey Milk being HUGE.
Future of the Left stepping up a notch. they're turning into something a bit special.
Grouper was great, but clearly on at the right time.
Actually almost everyone I saw was really great.
I'm sure I recognised loads of people off of here, particularly during The Mae Shi, but was never sure enough to say hello...
Errors - seemed like a much more accomplished band than they were on their album.
Future Of The Left
This Will Destory You
Fuck Buttons - Really enjoyed these a lot more than I thought I would.
and a great set by Spiritualized.
Having seen !!! at Glastonbury a couple of years ago in the dance tent I was excited about seeing them, but they were AWFUL. :(
probably stemming from drinking way too much VK Ice and thinking about wee jimmy krankie.
Awesome time, I'm pretty sure everyone I watched ruled, even Bad Guys for all of their 3 minutes.
I got the Devo singers jacket.
Dialled x 50+ times.
I'm now going to die for a bit.
and jesu was great. And the true confessions spoken word. Get Jeff lewis to do it next time.
Nick Jones is a bellend
that was an amazing, amazing weekend. Perhaps not quite as incredible bandwise as my last ATP (the first Fans one) but probably better in other respects. I feel dreadful right now, getting absurdly drunk on the last night of a festival was probably not my best idea.
Beirut - absolutely transcendent Saturday night headline set. Just reminded me of how many great songs they already have. Scenic World made me well up. Wonderful.
The Mae Shi, and unexpectedly !!!, being incredibly fun.
M83 being heartswellingly brilliant on Friday evening.
Sitting on the floor drinking and talking during Cave Singers and The Acorn (the latter being very very good indeed) on Saturday afternoon, and then Shearwater on Sunday. Happy times.
CFTPA, Parts & Labor (best t-shirt ever), Errors, The Jesus Lizard on Sunday, Antipop Consortium, HEALTH.
Pizza Hut buffet antics yesterday, followed by drinking cider on the beach in the glorious sunshine.
The fun starting early on Friday with the vestibule party on the train.
Getting to see so many awesome bands with so many awesome people. You just can't beat ATP.
Not so good:
Devo (I think I was the only person in Somerset who just thought they were annoying), Spiritualised (quite enjoyed hearing them soundcheck while browsing the merch stands in the morning, but what I saw of their actual set sounded like so much Oasis), Fuck Buttons (don't get it at all).
Falling asleep in the chalet after Marnie Stern on Saturday night.
Not remember any of dancing at Crazy Horse last night (except for AM 180, which has been stuck in my head all day) or what I did after.
How ridiculously ill I feel right now, and the fact that I have to go to work tomorrow. Never want to see whiskey again.
add Retribution Gospel Choir to the 'good things' list. Alan Sparhawk rocks out real good.
but just so I know, who was everyone I met? I hardly know any of your usernames. (I was Joe, with a beard).
highlights: devo fun times
retribution gospel choir (dude who heckled about the guitar-throwing incident = not cool)
beirut being much better than last i saw them
jesus lizard on saturday night blew me away, what a start to the set (rip shirt, dive in)
grails, qui and harvey milk were most enjoyable.
i apologise to everyone i tried to speak to but couldn't - hope i didn't seem too rude or uncheery. completely losing my voice the entire weekend was the worst thing ever.
First a list of awesome things in not much of an order...
Fuck Buttons I was fading fast before there set but after about 20mins I was jumping around like an idiot
Retribution Gospel Choir Alan looked a bit fucked off when someone shouted out about throwing a guitar
Young Marble Giants mates didn't enjoy it which I can understand not the most lively band in the world
Beirut perfect way to spend a Saturday evening...
SLEEP.... Wasn't really planning to see them but got taken along by some Australians we meet. Totally blow me away
Shearwater that guys voice was out of this world
!!! were awesome but should have been on later or on Friday
Spiritulized brilliant pissed off that a chose to go for a piss just as good dope good fun started. Also wanted them to play Cop Shoot Cop but will just have to wait till the Barbican
Playing half man half biscuit very loudly from out chalet for most of Friday and Saturday
Crazy Horse last night I can't remember the last time I danced like that to tune after tune after tune
Missing most of errors because I thought they were on Centre and not reds
Drinking to much on Sunday and missing School of Seven Bells and The Mae Shi
Big hello to all the awesome people I met special mention to the guys at the front of crazy horse I was far to drunk and can't remember anyone's names...
Pictures will be going up soon
and i scared bamos by introducing myself to him, and him not understanding how i knew who he was. apologies.
parts & labor
Health (totally surprised by how good they were)
Retributio gospel choir - i had forgotten it was sparhawk, and they were awesome.
and of course Andrew WK
Grouper were good but odd slot and people chatting through. then i saw here the next day....i thouht she could only play one slot?
Not really getting sleep even though i really like them on record....but meaning i did go and get mental to mike_diver at crazy horse, who kindly played andrew wk to get our friend back on the dancefloor
young marble giants were quite dull, but i wasnt really expecting to like them.
Nice meeting you an' ting.
Proper fun starting a singalong to the instrumental bit of AM 180 and everyone singing along, there.
I don't much like dancing (as I wasn't built for it), but spazzing out to Diver's set was a highlight. I notice someone else has taken credit for starting the 'Diver' chant. I will be having words with him later for that. Tsk.
That was a great, great weekend. I can't even recall most of why that was, but Sunday night was full of mindless shenanigans; Butlins is like an adventure playground for drunks. Good times!
I was the short one in the black and brain-hemorrhage HEALTH t-shirt.
Musical highlights were definitely Sleep and Jesus Lizard, as I expected. I wish I hadn't been in such a state all the time as it was hard to focus/remember the music but the first half an hour of Sleep on Saturday was probably one of the best things I have ever seen.
Ultimate highlight was really just that nice feeling of lots of friendly and amusing people all around. I laughed a lot and did a lot of ranting and talking shit. The guitarist from Qui ended up being a really nice man, despite me telling him his music was really REALLY awful.
Today is tough.
Though I was possibly a bit more wasted than ideal... high... ALL OF SATURDAY. I saw every band and fucking loved it, Marnie Stern probably fractionally edging it from the Sleep/Jesus Lizard axis.
Low point - Young Marble Giants didn't engage me at all. Spiritualized = yawn.
Jesus lizard were awesome both nights i got the absolute shit kicked out of me on the saturday night and took David Yow's knee to the head but well worth it.
Sleep were boss, especially the second show!
other highlights were Qui, the mae shi, devo and harvey milk.
gutted i'm not going again next weekend :-(
right down the front and it was absolutely monumentally awesome. Its going to be hard to top that gig. I also got nutted by a small young lady in front of me when they kicked into Boilermaker. Good mix of songs. Also, you know when people shout out their requests for the band and 90% of the time they never get played...well i decided to give it a go and yelled 'KILLER MCCAIN' before i had chance to inhale they were belting it out. Everything about that band is brilliant and thats why i got a 2 berth chalet all to myself and was not disappointed at all.
Also Harvey Milk, Jesu, Qui, FOTL were also great.
and FOTL are the funniest fuckers ever, 'SWEETS!!! EVERYONE LOVES REFRESHERS!!!!' Charlie Brooker eat your heart out.
Totally chilled out at work today because the weekend rocked so hard.
Shearwater, Jesus Lizard and Devo for the win!
Sleep and Jesus Lizard killed it as expected. I don't think I'll ever see a better metal band than Sleep, impossibly loud and heavy - didn't disappoint in the slightest.
!!! were awesome, much better than when I saw them a couple of years back. Andrew WK too, just an hour of pure positivity and joy - everything I wanted. Really liking Fuck Buttons new material, the dancier the better. DEVO as well, the final song was mildly disturbing in a strange way.
It may just have been me, but it seemed a little quieter than previous times I've been. It was still nicely full, but it wasn't difficult to get near the front for pretty much any band (I ended up pretty much at the barrier for most) and there never seemed to be a queue at the bar - not a bad thing all told.
thought that as well: it was failry sparse...
I managed to knock back enough gin and Tesco beer in the chalet to convince myself that hanging out with the Irish guys opposite us was a better thing to do than see some of the bands i was mega excited to see.
So I missed Devo, !!! and Jesus Lizard (twice!!) I really shouldn't be allowed to drink at ATP ever again. Shearwater, Future of the Left and M83 were ace, Fuck Buttons surprised me with the new stuff, I was incredibly bored of their old set and they managed to make me love them again (but maybe I'm in the minority on that one). Mae Shi were great fun, Parts and Labor were the only disappointment for me.
The highlight of the weekend was probably sharing laughing gas with a middle aged New Zealander on the beach at 8am on Sunday morning, that was slightly surreal.
a chalet party on Sunday morning, about 6am, with LOTS of laughing gas. maybe it was the same people? they were insane.
fucking hell. SLEEP!
FUCKING CRAP...you guys must've been on some rubbish drugs....veryvery poor Stooges wannabes.
they were rubbish! i had some very high quality MDMA so i cant be wrong.
...and along with the Devo posse; youre all very deluded.
awful, awful band.
seeing them in between Killing Joke and Sleep probably made them worse though.
THIS IS MADNESS!!
-Geordie from Killing Joke drinking from a bottle of wine during their set.
-Some guy randomly lifting me up during same set
-Being so disorientated after Sleep that I bought a load of sour sweets, for reasons I don't quite understand
-Being pushed along in one of those tall, thin trolleys by a very inebriated OceanStorm at about 1 in the morning
-The Marnie Stern/John Cusack story
-Some guy, whilst throwing up, saying to a girl who was clearly quite disturbed "It's just rock n' roll, honey, don't worry about it"
-The Pete Fowler/Cherrystones jam in the art exhibition
-Lydia Lunch's spoken word set. Surprisingly good.
"Three cocks in my ass! THREE COCKS. In my ass!"
pet shop boys crossed with some 1930's nazi rally...ie also SHIT
If your at sleep, you know what i'm saying...
highlights were Sleep, Devo, Harvey Milk, Grails, Electric Wizard and Andrew WK.
definite lowlights were some of the security staff.
Music Highs- Devo somehow living up to every expectation I had of them, and several bands exceeding them- special mentions to Shearwater who were absolutely awesome, Errors, Mae Shi and Beirut, who totally converted me- Andrew WK! I'll be honest I only went to laugh at him, and I still can't quite believe I'm typing this, but I was right into it by the end. I'll probably never listen to him or watch him live again, but in those moments he was my favourite person ever. Rumour has it he may like parties.
Music Lows- most of these were the result of me being a dick and doing that thing of "I really want to see them, what time are they on again?" just after a band had finished, rather than bad performances. What I saw of M83 was a let-down because I enjoyed them last time I saw them; Fuck Buttons just didn't work for me and I was looking forward to it, that's about it.
Non-music Highs- not suffering more damage than slightly soiled underpants in that (very)near-crash into some mad bastard 20 miles outside Minehead on the way there (FYI old lady, when you pull straight out into oncoming traffic without even vaguely looking first and only some very smart driving from the other car stops all involved from dying, mouthing OOPS! isn't really sufficient. But it is very funny).
Meeting any number of really sound people (Dr Hilary Jones Freestyle Rapper, that was so good it could actually be on my list of music highs), having an amazing time with really good mates, and all those stupid phrases and in-jokes that have you in stitches that don't make any sense outside that weekend-
Can I get a Stella Artois beer?
I'm getting a fucking dog
Sexy baby dancing baby
I fucking HATE Carlsborg Expert
And just being happy and slightly drunk for the entire weekend. I poppeed my Butlins swimming cherry, got a strike with my first ball in bowling and was shit with all of the proceeding ones, danced like a bastard to Bird is the Word, I had a great time. Thanks everyone involved.
Highs: "Friends Are Evil" by Jesu, "Threads" by TWDY, everything Sleep did. Fuck Buttons too. Eating more BBQ than should be allowed. £40 of laughing gas. Cream teas this morning, and Ploughman's at a cider mill this afternoon.
Lows: Being told by a drunk american girl to fuck off after I'd just let her stand in my spot at the barrier for TWDY. Twat.
Roll on NBC
Andrew WK being so positive and lovely.
Devo actually making the Pavillion stage work for a headliner.
Anti Pop Consortium
Retribution Gospel Choir - really good to see Sparhawk looking chipper. Balls to the guy that responded to the, "Any requests?" question by answering, "Throw your guitar at someone!"
Errors - the first time I've seen them really click with an audience.
Marnie Stern (+ her super hott, slutty bass player)
Parts and Labor - if I'd have had my wits about me, I could have walked off with the bass player's guitar, instead I just stood there in shock.
Killing Joke (really surprised about this one)
Jesus Lizard - as good as I was hoping they'd be. "This one goes out to all the weightlifters in the audience. If there are any weightlifters in the audience, this one goes out to you. This one goes out to all the weightlifters in the audience. If there are any weightlifters in the audience, this one goes out to you. This one goes out to all the weightlifters in the audience. If there are any weightlifters in the audience, this one goes out to you."
Not so great things:
Missing Grouper due to Butlins cloakroom closing at 3.45pm and the chalet not being open until 4.00pm. Thanks.
Casiotone was dull.
Young Marble Giants - it was like watching a family play Rock Band - no chemistry at all.
Harvey Milk - I wanted something heavy. I got (in the words of one of our party) Pearl Jam.
Bands that I didn't see for various reasons and wish I had got there:
Future of the Left
School of Seven Bells
The Mae Shi
This Will Destory You
But the major thing for which I will remember the weekend was the chalet party on Saturday night. Thanks to everyone that came and entereed into the spirit of things by dancing to Backstreet Boys with such gusto. Also, thanks for leaving without too much fuss when security came around and closed us down.
sod all like Pearl Jam. For starters it was fast, and crushingly heavy. Not midtempo and whiney.
No1 all-time favourite ATP moment ever, Jesus Lizard starting their first set in 10 years with Puss and a shirtless David Yow launching himself directly into the audience. Seeing them twice has made my life.
Jesu was incredible too, although i've never seen more men packed in such a vicinity before.
Other things: Devo, total fun explosion. Likewise The Mae Shi, who were invented for 10.30pm on a Sunday. Parts & Labor killing it, even though they should have been on the Centre stage. Harvey Fucking Milk. Jeffrey Lewis winning over the crowd. M83 were a big surprise, really great. and !!! bringing the funk. That Andrew WK thing really was a sight to behold... I absolutely lost my shit when David Tibet came on to Party Hard... HA! Future Of The Left, Retribution Gospel Choir (totally converted), Beirut, Casiotone, Fuck Buttons, Cave Singers, Grouper, Antipop Consortium all great too.
Oh and Tim & Eric on the TV!!!
The sound really not working in Shearwater's favour.. but The Snow Leopard slaughtered me anyway.
Grizzly Bear blowing their load by playing Little Brother and Knife in succession leaving me wandered off upstairs.
Having to miss Marnie Stern because of Jesus Lizard related matters.
Sleepy Sun doing Fleetwood Mac ... eeeerrrr.
Lead singer of the Acorn dying on stage.
Missed Grails, Qui, HEALTH and Nico Muhly for some reason.
The abundance of idiots wandering around the place, moreso than any other year i can remember. Not that i'm one to talk. But why sit around watching a band telling your friend how wank you think they are? Just shut up and find somewhere else to go.
HEALTH being quite surprisingly amazing.
Grizzly Bear meeting expectations
Beirut best drummer of the weekend, and a great set list too.
!!! being so much fun, best front man of the weekend by a country mile.
Grouper, she had a shit time slot, and it wasn't the best audience, but she was a real miserable douche. And we all thought she had to have that slot because of the Animal Collective support, but i swear i saw her selling her merch on Saturday evening.
Grizzly Bear not letting me buy Veckatimest...
Non-band related things: so much fun dancing on Sunday night, Diver ruled, and i started a crowd chant for once, Diver, Diver etc.
Great friends, great fun, laughed so much.
Getting searched for drugs on Sunday night in Crazy Horse! Sorry mate, my lunacy is all natural.
Finally, i think there should be some kind of signal for chalet parties. Still haven't really been to one.
Roll on NBC.
Probably the highlight of the weekend. Also Jesu, Sleep, Marnie Stern Harvey Milk, TWDY, fuck yeah! Going next weekend as well, but it's not going to be nearly this heavy.
Lowlights of the weekend were having our chalet turned over by security and all our drugs stolen, and trying to chat up Marnie Stern's bass player in Reds on Saturday night. Unsuccessfully, obv.
GIANT SAND PENIS
and matt pike was sLEEPing on our train on the way back
though yet again i never made it to the butlins pool. rubbish.
and i wish i wasn't so little because i had such urges to jump around at the front for the jesus lizard but would have been trampled. luckily i was still near enough to have a sweaty david yow crowdsurf over my head.
saw the Killing Joke keyboardist at a petrol station on the way back. i was going to shout "THIS IS MADNESS" but my voice is going.
Sunday's double header of Jesus Lizard and Sleep was maybe the best live music I will ever see in my life. Everything that could have gone right, did!
The friendliest, happiest most pit at Jesus Lizard, everyone with huge beaming smiles belting out the words. Crowd surfing during Monkey Trick and getting straight back to where my friends were straight after. Yow's crotch being suspended just over my head. WOW
Then going outside and talking away to Harvey Milk about Crush Them All, rice crispie trees, the new dino Jr cover art and american breakfast ceral
Then coming back in and smoking a joint while watching Sleep, headbanging until it felt like my neck was going to snap in half, eventually getting right up to the front and doing a big metal-guys-arm-linked-synchronized-headbanging and just fucking losing it in the end. Those guys brought me to tears, they were so fucking heavy I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. Had my head in my hands in disbelief! Al Cisneros coming over to inspect that insane, violent pit with that guy in the Gorilla Biscuits shirt. Then Al looking genuinely touching saying how much it all meant to him and giving the other guys that big hug at the end. Jesus!
Matt Pike has the most evil fucking eyes!
Devo playing almost every song I could have ever hoped for, hit after hit after hit!
My friend joining in with some guy tapdancing to a banjo at the pete fowler exhibit last night
Falkous's "This guy looks like he's lived on a diet of Freddo chocolate bars!" banter and the insane guys stood in front of us having the best time at FoTL doing that genesis dance and spinning each other round like crazy.
Getting David Yow's boot in my face before I knew what was even happening on saturday night
Dwight Shroute playing guitar for Qui
Retribution Gospel Choir
Tim and Eric being on TV almost every time I turned it on (Did the Antipop guys have a chant going "EVERYBODY SAY STEVE BRULE!" at one point?)
Barging into some guys from Sheffield who were sitting outside their chalet and them being super friendly, sitting on the grass bank trading Alan Partridge quotes with some other guys for about 30 minutes, talking to some friendly german and norwegian guys and bumping into all the other N.Irish guys at nearly everything I was at
Electric Wizard, just a mush of noise, couldn't make anything out
Only having one ATP channel in our room
Not being able to watch Sleep tonight
only had one atp channel in the room. missed out on freaks and geeks. was ot happy...
and my body feels like its about to cave in on itself but TOTAL AMAZING SCENES - which ATP always provides WITHOUT FAIL!
Highs were Errors (I FUCKING LOVE THAT BAND! was such an awesome set and the atmosphere was perfect!) Fuck Buttons (their new material blew me away - I can't remember the last time i saw a ATP crowd dancing like that!) HEALTH (soooooooooo good - their new stuff is brilliant as well, they're always awesome live but it was lovely seeing them work on such a big stage), DEVO WERE BRILLIANT! (so was Jeffrey Lewis losing his shit to them!) Pickles party (pure ace drunken dancing to Backstreet Boys times) and the brilliant Crazy Horse times - perfect just perfect! Diver's set last night was effing FRIGGIN' AWESOME! I'm hoping next weekend won't be so hungover but still drunken - must sleep, my brain is broken.
but to summarise: I LOVE ATP!
Pickles threw the BEST chalet party ATP has seen! Ooo and I forgot to say how brilliant Grails were!
Most are a bit crap, a couple are okay: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markyssnaps/sets/72157617915015657/
how did you do that?
I only uploaded it about five minutes ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markyssnaps/3523434908/in/set-72157617915015657/
well done you lot!
thank you muchly for that
I'm quick on the case!! :)
i walked into our living room to find a Lucyjay-shaped heap curled up on our couch
but then actually i realised she had rob and sarah's phone numbers so could have easily phoned them and got in!
I'm a NICE house guest remember! (anyway I only had Sarah's number so NERR YOU MISTER!) Yeah Manish I remember you referring to me as a DWARF at the time! ;') Thank Jodie for me - he was the best neighbour EVER in my hour of need - i owe him a pint! Awesome scenes! the next day wasn't so awesome though what with the close to vomming and such...!
I gave it a good home though. But I'm never drinking the stuff again
I'm glad you drunk it, I would have disgraced myself even more if I'd have downed that bad boy!
I still hurt...
all the best stuff from ATP
But can I just share a Twitter message from someone who did?
"saw the biggest human penis she has EVER seen at ATP and is seeing that boy later this week :)"
There you go. It's not just Gareth Campesinos! who falls in love at ATP. (There must be some other songs referencing it by now?)
This Will Destroy You=the most apt band name ever? never liked them on record but they were HUGE in Reds.
Lords were ace too
My only regret of the weekend.
The evil concoction of Southern Comfort doubles and Smarties from the Ice Cream Factory have left my body in a state of near failure. That or was it dancing like a Mae Shi at Mike Diver's awesome dj set.
My chief highlights:
1. seeing Parts and Labour do an awesome set on the Pavilion stage (just to think that the last time I saw them was at The Shakespeare in Sheffield)
2. seeing Beirut for the first time, and in brilliant form - surrounded by some very nice French people
3. HEALTH - even better than they were in Manchester, and that was saying something
4. The Jesus Lizard - saw them twice - awesome scenes to be had looking along from the end of the press pit by the left hand loudspeaker
5. The Mae Shi - I love this band so much - the drummer came and spoke to me at Crazy Horse - he said we were awesome!
Many others - Jesu (totally unexpected as I had intended to see Antipop Consortium but went through the wrong door), Shearwater, The Future of the Left, Harvey Milk, m83, Fuck Buttons (great to see them again)
I managed to see half each of Liam Finn and The Pink Mountaintops - both very good
Looking at the profiles of people who have posted in this thread I recognise a lot of people.
No lows for me, but nearly a disaster - I must have left the door of my chalet open when I went out on Saturday - anyway it was open when I returned - but nothing was taken
to feel human again. Spent far too much money but honestly had one of the greatest times of my life. This was only my second atp after last years eits. Highs:
This will destroy you
crazy horse dancing
guy in red jumpsuit
thinking bingo pen tattoos are a good idea/ski-masks
some dick-head security who stole said mask
the journey back to edinburgh this morning....ouch
have you been to ATP?
Does your opinion matter, like your life in general it means nothing
You seem particularly antagonistic tonight.
goading you into being a generic indie bender and BEGGING you to end your fucking life you sad little cunt.
so. you like the music that might be on at ATP (not all of it perhaps, but maybe half and half, which is about average for most people who go), and the people are all pretty nice, and the festival in general is a laugh, but you're not going to go because 'I MUST NOT BE INDIE. NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES'
dude, get over yourself.
- your thread with the low down on each band swung it for me
- I would have gone JUST to see Beirut, but Shearwater were my big discovery
Beirut, Shearwater, Marnie Stern, The Mae Shi and Andrew WK were all fantastic!!
The other stuff I saw was a bit meh.
Non musical highlights: The Mae Shi Train WOO WOOO!!, Harru, Swine-flu references, "GO AND FUCK THAT GIRL!!", Sophie's shout out at Andrew WK and starting a band called 'Primal Faeces'.
I love that a security guard came out to stop us, and realised we were going too slow to damage anything
which I don't remember recording, which basically consists of you shouting "Primal Faeces!" over and over.
because today my body hurts bad.
:( this is horrible, staying up all night Sunday seemed like SUCH A GOOD IDEA
gutted to have missed Andrew WK and David Tibet in a total Party/Immortal mood.
So mad ethis artist representation: http://yfrog.com/0m17093316j
shout-outs of the weekend were everything David Yow said and this gem from Andrew WK:
"I WANT TO SEE EVERYONE DANCING TO THIS ONE... but only if you want to"
what a nice guy
I'm so, so sore.
In other news, i'm gong to make an effort to meet some of you fine people next time.
December can't come fast enough.
-Devo- easily the band of the weekend
-Andrew WK- easily the most surreal set of the weekend- was that a member of Current 93 that joined him onstage?!
-Grizzly Bear- not a huge fan of their recorded output but they were incredible
-The Mae Shi- WE DO THIS ALL THE TIME, WE DO THIS ALL THE TIME
-Crazy Horse on Sunday afternoon
-More air hockey
-Getting a hug from Lydia Lunch
The only downer was the ATP bus service. The bus turned up 40 minutes late on the Friday, and Monday was a total free-for-all.
I'm so ready for December.
How bad was the bus situation on Monday? Could people with pre-booked tickets get on in a sensible amount of time - ie to meet a fairly tightly scheduled train at Taunton?
for an 8.30 bus. It didn't arrive until 9.20 and left at 9.30. No-one from Butlins was on hand to explain what was going on. On Friday, the 3pm bus arrived about an hour late.
I allowed myself ages for the train as it's always a shambles but if you didn't you were fucked basically.
and we've passed on the details of the situation to butlins who organise the buses as this is something we obviously dont ever want to happen.
this will be fixed by next weekend? Or is it worth having a taxi on standby?
hanged out with the Belfast/via Nottingham contingent...Celtic sirens they were...
apart from that the weekend consisted of Pro Evo, Guitar Hero spectating and Die Hard 2
We booked the 7am bus back on monday, because it was the only coach left and I didn't want to have to queue for hours as per previous years. EXCEPT IT DIDN'T CHUFFING TURN UP. Ended up having to get the marathon local bus after waiting an hour and a half.
Other than that, a spiffing weekend. Devo were utterly, utterly brilliant. Edan's DJ set on friday was also great. I wasn't that good at seeing bands but I still had fun.
was absolutely hilarous. It ended after about 5 mins when a team of butlins staff turned up and everyone scarpered. ROCK!
and got fined £450 in damages
I didn;t introduce myself though
Marnie Stern was the best. I think I might have described her set as godlike before spending the rest of my evening shouting her songs at the staff in the fish and chip shop.
Second best moment - walking along the beach with my boyfriend, noticing some people playing acoustic guitar in the distance, and discovering it was two of Fanfarlo.
as there was no way i would've made it last night.
did you guys hear about moz cancelling before coming back to london?
I was so angry. I was sweating rum AND Morrissey cancelled. I haven't even checked why it was yet, I guess I will now
and born to run, and marnie stern, and devo, and mae shi, and staying up all night on sunday and sunrise on the beach.
my first ATP and I loved every second. Devo were the band of the weekend for me. Gutted to miss Marnie Stern but couldnt miss the first Jesus Lizard gig in 11 years. Immense !!!
I am especially never drinking rum again. I am also going to replace said bottle of rum which I pretty much demolished.
It was weird getting there on Satutrday - STOP TELLING ME HOW GOOD DEVO WERE YOU PRICKS
-"Rob, you've been here four hours and that's the first time you've left the bar"
-Gin and tonic from a kettle, well worth missing Retribution Gospel Choir for
-Dancing to !!! literally until I collapsed
-Sitting on the patio destroying a box of country manor with bamos and brooner
-Drawing cocks during the quiz. I'm getting that page framed
-"We have seven minutes to drink this bottle of wine" It was gone in 2
-MAE SHI EXPRESSS WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOOO
-Born To Run; possibly the best moment of my life and the reason I no longer have a voice.
Things I'm never doing again
1. Going to the beach - it was very cold
2. Being a Minehead Taunton bus and beign stared at my sixth formers as I float in and out of consciousness
3. Being sick in a public toilet in Taunton
4. Travelling by National Express
got a massive graze on my knee.... perfect way to end the weekend...
well worth the one hundo fifty
sleepy Robocop & Westworld breakfast
beirut, lewis, devo, future of the left, m83, grizzly bear, jesus lizard, crazy horse...
also the large crowd looking for a party at 4 on monday morning, success?
half our photos were of this. truly it was the most horrifying thing ever created. the arcade attendent said that it frequently made children cry.
no success. things got a bit sketchy when i decided it'd be a good idea to drunkenly drive my car to our chalet and play music out the stereo. i got as far as pulling out of the parking space when reason caught up with my desire to party.
If so, they eventually found a party at about 5am, but it was broken up soon after. I joined them for a bit, then found them again on the beach. Nice chaps.
The party itself was a wee bit sketchy-looking. One chap was wearing a Borat-style swimsuit. Hmm.
How does anyone get to hear about chalet gigs, though? I overheard some people talking about HEALTH doing one and was well up for that.
i went to Robocop & Westworld too. it's a small place, butlins.
BY THE FACT THAT YOU'RE WILL.
...out of three. Highlights:
* Andrew WK - the most fun I've ever had in public; that man can work a crowd like nobody's business
* HEALTH - wish I'd seen more than the last half. So much better than last time I saw them (which was also good)
* dancing like something non-PC in Crazy Horse and asking Diver to play AWK to stop our friend from going home in a sulk at all the stuff he didn't know
* singing "der der de de der der" along to the synthy bit in AM 180 whilst pogoing like a loon and everyone joining in
* deciding to stay up all night on Sunday so as not to miss lifts home so wandering round, finding strangers to talk to at parties, on the beach, everywhere, playing Dance Dance Revolution, playing hide and seek, locking people in cupboards and God knows what else
* walking out of the Pavillion just as two girls were being told they couldn't bring their cans of beer in and each handing them to me straight away without a word. A surreal and beautiful moment, that.
* getting a lift with a rather nice bunch of chaps rather than taking the train/bus horror combo. Ta!
* jumping through windows to scare people
* heckling crap on TV; Shipwrecked mostly, but The Wizz was a damned hilarious discovery
* getting a namecheck in the TV schedule for my choices and being congratulated for them by people with taste
* too many to remember
* Retribution Gospel Choir. Only joking; "Low" points, you see...
* Grouper; should have been in Reds, shouldn't have been on first, shouldn't have been on before we could get into our chalets and drop stuff off
* Marnie Stern is awful, no matter how well she can play
* Nick Jones is not worth the oxygen spent on him
I chose Stalker, The Phantom Carriage (KTL Edition) and The Thick of It.
Nick Jones chose only pain and suffering.
tim and eric is clearly the best american comedy in years.
'you fucking sort that out or I'll be up your ass like a Moroccan Rat' (or words to that effect)
- left me having to cover my face in uncontrollable giggles all night :)
I'm starting one later.
All you need is a baseball bat and an urge to murder someone for spoiling a perfectly good saturday morning.
On a similar morning-spoiling note, who the fuck decided it would be a good idea to put a documentary on Freud at 10am, but Darkplace at 6? Christ on a bike.
I'm pleased to see Tim and Eric is down in popularity 15% this week. What a steaming pile.
we also only had one atp channel and that crap was on every time we turn the telly on.
That show was great!
highlights were Devo, Harvey Milk, Mae Shi, Shearwater, Future of the Left... er and some others. Major non band highlights were finally meeting Bamos and associated Dissers (Sadpunk, Commander Cool) and huge games of cricket outside my chalet. Good bowling Lemonbrickcombo! Also having a huge pile-on with those lads. Not sure who else from here was part of the big game but hello to you all if you were!
Big shout out to Ferdy for being a good room-mate!
Thanks soooo much for the ticket...was awesome hanging out with you lot...and thanks for putting up with the snoring..and I will see the doctor! I still feel good because in my head the snoring was a competion
Not a problem. I inflict a similar curse upon my girlfriend most nights so I guess it was karma...
Thankfully my batting bordered on acceptable.
I love you so much for allowing me to play cricket with you and giving me the opportunity to bowl an out-swinger straight into hatfood's willy.
1) everyone in my chalet apart from royter and bizzy for giving me carpet burns, and sadpunk for snoring in my face for the 5 minutes i was actually trying to sleep. So Phil and Eschaton basically.
2)ITV for scheduling the On The Buses film to be on at the exact moment I had completely lost my mind.
3) Sophie/commanderboobs/monpot for the Therapy? singalong in their chalet
4)Olegrich for generously offering me both a sugarbowl AND a kettle full of booze.
5) Onearmedjizzer and Co for letting me play cricket.
6) Sparky Tom's chalet for giving me enough booze and painkillers to go from sober to comatose in about an hour.
7) Dash & Blast for beating me 7-1 in air hockey in a game that lasted approximately 34 seconds.
8) Whoever choose the Donkumentary
9) All the bands I saw, especially the ones I thought would be rubbish but were actually really good (Harvey Milk)
10) Tony for being the most good humoured taxi driver who has ever had to pull over and let a pasty indie kid be sick by the side of the road.
11) FLUME GIRL!!!
I would like to say sorry to:
1) All of the above.
2) The seagull at the crazy golf
3) Northern Ireland
4) Anyone who heard the attrocious music coming out of our chalet at any point.
5) The Mae Shi for being a massive drunken cretin and missing them.
I think if I ever watch On The Buses again I'm going to have a complete nervous breakdown
Also, I was clearly involved in that Therapy-a-long.
I'm taking you with me to every ATP I ever go to. In fact, our chalet fucking rocked.
I merely held the door open for your exit.
(The lake that I didn’t realise was there for about 5 years)
We tried to persuade the barman to let us use the yard of ale glass but he told us we had to put down a £200 deposit, which we initially dismissed but then spent the next hour discussing how we would finance a yard of Corkys (it will happen this weekend).
Is getting a total of 7 hours sleep all weekend a lowlight or a highlight? I think it's a highlight.
Too many fantastic things to list but I particularly enjoyed Fuck Buttons, Andrew WK, what I saw of The Mai Shi and Anti-Pop Consortium as well as all of Saturday night in the Crazy Horse. The Rough Trade DJs were fantastic.
As ever, the non-music socialising was a complete blast - I can't believe how many laughs I had with old friends and the host of new people I met.
The only downer was missing Pickles' chalet party because I was DJing.
Can't wait for next weekend...
first ATP i've ever been to, but one of the best festivals i've ever had.
Jesus Lizard and Sleep were so great on Saturday night, had to do it all over again on Sunday night (lying on the floor in front of a speaker stack for the second Sleep - LOUD). Grails, Lords, !!!, M83, Devo, Grizzly Bear, and Parts & Labor also all immense
Other highlights - drifting in and out of Pulp Fiction and Robocop in the cinema, wandering about on the beach, and the all round friendliness of everyone and new people met
...want to do it all over again this weekend now...
is in seriously bad shape at the moment. I attribute this to Debaser, To Hell With Good Intentions and all the other great songs on Sunday night. Damn you, Diver!
I just remembered jumping as high as i could to song 2 hoping that my glasses didn't come off... and hugging the guy in the tie dye shirt when Patty Lee came on...
I AM ABSOLVED.
David Yow: "What's the difference between a maserati and an erection? I don't have a maserati."
* David Yow promptly jumps into the crowd *
devo, andrew wk (especially bad brilliance), HEALTH, the 20 minutes of harvey milk i saw, qui, fuck buttons being a whole lot better than last year. also lords were really good and british which is a nice combination for an overtly american line up.
a man told me he liked my style in the pop disco on sunday night. and my intro was posted on that bulletin board.
the bad points were beruit being throughly un-engaging, a guy calling me a cunt because i had no spare beer and watching the grand prix on sunday instead of doing something fun.
What was it he said at the Qui gig, "I've just been informed... everything's going to be fine" or something like that. What a guy!
to be home! What a comedown. Not even had the internet until now to load up my pictures or discuss it on here, which has been ALL I have wanted to do since returning.
The absolute highlight for me was Spiritualized, catching their soundcheck to an audience of about 20 which included songs not in the later set, then being on the barrier for the evening amazing show followed by meeting Jason Pierce who was absolutely lovely. What a festival to have the freedom to do such things!
Highs : HEALTH, The Jesus Lizard (Yow crowdsurfing for ages, and then being hoisted back up on stage and within seconds going back in for more, subsequently uttering at the end of the song "this is ridiculous"; and at beginning "just don't be nervous"), Grizzly Bear, Nico Muhly (fucking breathtaking, that 2nd song with that guy singing, wow), Devo, The Acorn, Meeting Josh Freese (telling us about Trent Reznor's fiancee, and how they've known each other barely a month), Anvil, Massages during Sleepy Sun (Fleetwood Mac cover = Awesome), Waking up Sunday having dreamed about seeing the Lizard again and realizing I could, Shearwater (Thor on dulcimer), meeting Ed from Grizzly Bear whilst he tried to remember the lyrics to He Hit Me), Air Hockey, Free arcade games, TV (Tim And Eric Show bought on dvd from play.com), Amazing neighbours from Utah, just too many.
Lows: Having 1 channel on TV, and then losing that as well halfway through Darjeeling Limited, Missing Sleep and Grails, not drinking enough (i suffered through headaches), food (especially breakfast at the Sun And Moon. The picture in the menu looked so good, but was the worst I've ever had. £7?!? Wasn't worth a quid), slight atmosphere of arrogance around (my guess due to the amount of metallers opposed to devo fans opposed to Spiritualized fans etc), noisy Irish guys, missing Pop Quiz and Bingo.
I hope Nightmare is more friendly around.
We also had only one tv channel till the technically-inclined member of our chalet tuned the other one in.
We called in housekeeping to retune our TV but it still didn't have the second ATP channel. The Butlins people then took to claiming only one channel was running, after I pointed out their "too windy" excuse was bullshit. I gave up at that point. The incompetence is annoying, but the outright lies to avoid doing anything about it fucks me right off.
Ah well, the other channel was where it was at (except for Tim and Eric).
because I'm miserable and anti-social so didn't really do anything else all weekend.
- Grizzly Bear allaying my fears and making an effortless transition to the main stage while hardly losing any of their awesomeness, even if the intimate charm of their set at the first Fans wasn't quite there
- HEALTH laying waste to the centre stage in a much more satisfyingly visceral way than I'd expected
- Devo being both entertaining and surprisingly intense, just as everyone said they would be all along
- Beirut reminding me that, despite my total lack of anticipation, I do really like them after all. A lot.
- Nico Muhly for the two completely different but equally noteworthy vocalists, the first possessed of one of the most incredible voices I've heard and the other turning out to be about 40 years younger than I'd expected from the record
- Shearwater, who on any weekend when Nico Muhly and Grizzly Bear weren't playing would almost certainly have the best command of dynamics and probably the most breathtaking singer. Not the mention the smiliest bass/cellist...
- Then running upstairs to catch the rest of Grails, who I can't believe some people are dismissing as generic post-rock fodder - no contest whatsoever vs the by-the-numbers approach of This Will Destroy You (who admittedly still felt great when the inevitable climaxes finally hit)
- !!! being the opposite of practically everything else all weekend, energetic and fun without the questionable irony/karaoke dimension of Andrew WK
- A brief taste of The Jesus Lizard from a distance on Saturday, followed by the full up-close-and-personal experience on Sunday with the most brutal crowd antics I've had in years, making me feel like I was 18 again (except with much, much better music)
- The first 45 minutes of Sleep, not a band I feel much of an affinity for on record but their obscene heaviness was completely overwhelming
And a few (kind of) lows:
- The continued deterioration of my back, which needed resting far more often than was convenient
- The second half of Sleep's set, when the joyous intensity turned to indifference then to monotony and finally to discomfort from the aforementioned back problem
- A general lack of danceable electronic acts compared with previous years (not that I can, and should ever be allowed to, dance), particularly in the closing Sunday slot which was crying out for !!! or someone similarly antithetical to go up against Sleep downstairs in Reds
For that last point alone it was probably my least favourite of my three May ATPs, but the others set such an impossibly high standard that they could never be surpassed...
is that a longstanding problem?
And you're not anti-social at all; or at least no worse than me. It was nice to meet you. It was thanks to you that I went to see Shearwater who I really enjoyed. I've just downloaded four of their albums from eMusic.
And why do you all hate him so much?
and they all have no taste.
What was on it?
Father Ted? Men behaving badly? My family? etc.
I'm guessing not...
it is very good. If I had gone to ATP this year I would have picked that show. I thought the ATP crowd would love Tim and Eric!
flight of the conchords which everyone seems to love.
everyone in our challet loved it!!!
i didn't think i could get the blue's as much as yesterday,but today is way worse.i am so so so jealous of everyone going to breeders!oh well,only 3 months to new york....
And shouted at you very drunkenly. To no response. SHUNNED!
I'm just about feeling normal again and have been told I have training tomorrow so this is my last day in the office for the week! WOOP! Bring on Breeders weekend.
you going to New York?
I toyed with the idea for a while but just couldn't justify it. Maybe next year.
I voted for T&E too. It was bizarre yet brilliant to wake up in a cold sweat at 7am on saturday morning with a mouth that tasted of death only to turn on the TV and see Rainn Wilson telling me "You'll even need a bigger bookshelf to store these books!"
other highlights (can't be bothered to copy them here): http://popmusicology.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/pm-is-back-from-atp-pm-is-the-decrepit-loser/
That was tons of fun. The girls singing in the back row made me wonder why no-one has ever done a sing-a-long-a-Labyrinth.
Grizzly Bear pulling off the beautiful moments from their new album perfectly despite being on a big stage in the middle of the day.
The start of Jesus Lizard on Saturday night - David Yow: "Don't be nervous...", rips off shirt and takes a running leap into the crowd.
The rest of Jesus Lizard on Saturday night.
Devo reminding me how much I love Devo.
Having literally the most epic game on the 2p machines ever in Reds soundtracked by This Will Destroy You.
Nico Muhly just for being wonderful.
Andrew W.K for being so bizarre and for bringing on stage a man with a baloon for a head called Bad Brilliance who then preceeded to just say his own name over and over in an amusing voice.
Health. Infinitely better live than on record.
Grouper - Generally just not very good. Unimaginative ambient music performed with in a boring way. Poor way to start the festival.
Parts & Labor - Great band ruined by dodgy main stage sound.
Getting a migrane on friday night from partying too hard to Andrew WK and missing Antipop Consortium and Edan.
Grails - Sound like the soundtrack to some tacky 80s fantasy movie.
“This place reminds me of Jaws … I guess it’s an average city in England huh?”
Bar's shouldn't be allowed to give cash back and ATMs should shut at about at 7 in the evening...
that its quite hard to dance to Last Big Weekend by Arab Strap as its quite long and not actually that dancey. but still it was the perfect song for the last night last dj last 10 mins so nice one mike
he played AM180 last
i didnt say he played it last.
Anyone manage to get one of these before the links reached the download limits?
jesus lizard bootlegs!?
for Sunday's show which led to the chunklet site which lead to yousendit but the link there was past it's upload limit, apparently the moderator of jesuslizard.net has one for the first night too
as me and a few friends went to a cottage in Cornwall for relaxation in between. Which I'd highly recommend, although I'd definitely take a car next time! So, Vs The Fans highlights here first:
Winning Andrew WK obvs. He called for me out of the crowd, and touched my hand! He asked me to come up on stage, but I was too wimpy to avoid security. Anyway, it was awesome, partying as hard as possible. It was nice getting my intro in the programme too :)
Jesus Lizard on Sunday - great stage banter
Harvey Milk - really great, I should do some more listening to them
Mae Shi fun party times, with everyone I knew seemingly in the crowd
Beirut and Shearwater being beautiful
The amazing version of Come Together Spiritualised did, getting me excited about October
Retribution Gospel Choir - Alan looked happy!
FotL - 'Do you like sweets? Yeah you do!'
CommanderCool trying to make the catchphrase 'grow up!' happen
Trying and failing to dance like Devo
Singing 'Call Me Al' and some girls rushing out of their chalet to dance
Witnessing the most civilised drug deal ever
Dancing and messing about and stuff.
The man from The Acorn's terrible banter
Not being able to stay awake for Mike Diver's DJing.
Anti Pop Consortium were brilliant.
I spent most of the last WK song trying to start a stage invasion. Before finally trying to get up and over and getting a brawny forearm to the face.
ah well, she was braver and bigger than me.
I think I saw Jesu when I left though, that was a bit more soothing!
My friend tried to push me over the AWK barrier. The security guard just gently pushed back. :(
I had a most excellent time at Versus The Fans this year. What a great laugh.
I went with a bigger crowd of friends than usual, it was just so much fun.
Our weekend started the night before (Thursday) when I went to go see Morrissey in the Barrowlands with some friends and from there we went on to see my friends bash out some techno, he was playing in the world famous Sub Club of Glasgow for the first time. That was a lot of fun. Back to my mate's flat via mine to pick up my bag, some weed and our boom box.
After a wee party we made our way back into the centre of Glasgow to get in our minibus/van.
5 of us in total travelled down, I'd made a huge playlist of every act that was playing at ATP and stuck it on random on my ipod and plugged it into the vans speakers.
around 8 hours or so of banter, joints and beers later we arrived!!!
Highlights of the festival for me were probably Harvey Milk, Errors, Spiritualized, Jesus Lizard and most definately Sleep!!
I love all the hijinx you can get up to at ATP too. For example I'm a Rangers fan and I got to sit in one of the bars and watch Rangers vs Celtic on the big screen which was really excellent, we were worried about missing it.
We have possibly the loudest boom box on the planet so it was great fun to take that to the beach on Sunday and terrorise families by playing Aphex Twin at full volume.
I think they weather really does help, even when its an indoor festival like ATP.
Its got my festival juices flowing and I really cannot wait now for Moz in Manchester this Friday, Primavera next Wednesday and hopefully Rock Ness after that.