Why do feel so uneasy about the whole thing? I don't want this to turn into a repeat of the NBC vs 10 Years debates that raged across this board - I just hoped that ATP might have learned some PR lessons from that.
£180 or whatever is a huge amount of money to pay up front for a festival when the lineup currently consists of just one band. Okay you can have a good guess at what bands they'll choose from Malkmus's previous curating at ATP and the Royal Festival Hall shows. BUT...Surely they could have waited just a few weeks until a few more bands had confirmed? It's not like it isn't going to sell out and it needed more time to move tickets?! I really hope this doesn't set a precedent for future ATP events.
Sure Glastonbury doesn't announce the bill...and Reading has it's early bird tickets obviously with no bands on the bill. But those are huge festivals with hundreds of acts with multiple stages to choose from
I know ATP is special. It's always fucking great. Noone is putting a gun against our heads to to. But I just dunno about this. The lineups for the December weekends haven't even been finished yet.
The current Pavement hype means this looks like it will sell out super quick (it's not as if they aren't going to play other UK dates and festivals across Europe this summer). It just would have been nice to be able to make an informed decision about which weekend to go for.