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i bet it was ace wasn't it?let my jealousy begin...
The worst ATP I've attended.
Animal Collective were pretty awful. Place was very quiet, only 55% of tickets sold apparently.
Feeding the ducks and watching a guy get attacked by a seagull were my two highlights of the weekend, followed closely by Actress who was quite good.
Overall - poor.
I had a fun weekend, but more to do with the company than the music.
It was really quiet, which made the queue to get into Big Boi on the Friday a bit weird. I wasn't too bothered as that resolved the clash with Actress for me.
The sound was odd in Centre Stage too. Some stuff was just way too loud (Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance).
My musical highlights were The Frogs, Khaira Arby and Actress. I enjoyed bits and pieces of other stuff, but these were outnumbered by the disappointments.
Zomby didn't show. Surprise?
Thought AC were woeful. I think I'm done with them now...
who in their right mind would book Zomby to play anything ever? I know he's good n all but he just doesn't ever show up
That is a REAL good one and thats from people who have been to a lot of ATP's.
I thought it would be much busier though. Didn't really get any sense of the community spirit that I was expecting.
Teengirl Fantasy's set, which I think was the best thing I saw all weekend. They knew exactly how to pace their set. The guy jogging and dancing around while playing his drum machine was great. Leaving Gang Gang Dance early to see them was a good decision in the end.
Seeing Avey Tare and Bradford Cox around the site and in venues numerous times.
The whole season of Garth Merenghi's Dark Place being on TV on Friday.
Beach House. Victoria's singing was perfect.
Atlas Sound and the birthday cake.
I thought The Frogs were hilarious.
Actress dancing around.
Kurt Vile's set, and when he played Freeway.
What I saw of Spectrum was great.
Kria Brekkan was kinda hypnotic.
Really enjoyed Big Boi... apart from the We Will Rock You bit, which no-one really responded to.
Not so good:
Animal Collective basically repeating Saturday's set on Sunday. I really enjoyed it on Saturday, but it was a waste of one and a half hours to do it all again and I was massively disappointed. It's not like many people would have missed them on Saturday.
It felt like Deradoorian was going through the motions a bit.
Zomby no-showing. That was gutting.
The Scottish guy in the crowd talking about not dating amputees during the stand-up's set. Cringing.
But I did have fun, and I feel quite sad that it went by so quickly.
that was the worst ever. baets dealt with it fairly well tho
also: i find beach house really boring on record, but live it was lovely
That miiiight have been done a few many times m8. Is what I would have said. Some chalet party was playing 'Freedom' by George Michael and I remember thinking that should've been there in the place of We Will Rock You.
Omar-S - incredible
Big Boi - best live hiphop show i've ever seen alongside run dc/public enemy/de la soul
Animal Collective - best time i've seen them, new stuff sounded fantastic
Black Dice also maybe the best time i've seen them
Oneohtrix Point Never
Ariel Pink ALSO best time i've seen em
Beach House now predictably always ace
Meat Puppets and Lee Scratch Perry also tons of fun
The two bits of queuing on the friday were caused by Butlins security not counting people out properly as they left the building so the people on the front thought it was at capacity. We got it sorted once we realised it was going on at Lee Scratch - but unfortunately the same thing happened at the start of Big Boi...further discussion made them sort it out for Saturday and Sunday - our apologies to the people who missed a part of either of those two sets.
And the line up was weak compared to that one, but I still had a great time. Animal Collective were excellent on Saturday, felt the floor was going to collapse at one point when the whole crowd were jumping up and down.
Spectrum playing Revolution was brilliant, Gang Gang Dance, Atlas Sound, The Meat Puppets and what I saw of Thinking Fellers were other best bits. A good atmosphere about the place, it didn't feel empty particularly. Weird to get the same chalet as last time, what are the chances of that happening? Ear Pwr were laughable, and I laughed.
despite it supposedly being the most 'hipster' friendly lineup, everyone was mega friendly and there was shitloads of dancing. which i enjoyed.
also thanks to anyone that popped into me and manish's DJ set, was fun.
during salt n pepa and cameo. went to go get a drink and ended up watching most of the shining
Obvs i'm still young enough to dress like a total wanker! There were loads of people way older than me w/ some terrible fashion choices. Bonus points for man at Group Doueh dressed like the ladies from Group Doueh plus a gigantic furry white hat.
not rly that many
I was more than happy to watch the same set twice.
What about Wet Sounds and the cinema?
The idea that this line up was weak! So jealous of the people who could go.
and was pretty disappointing. he played piano and synth and his son played classical guitar and it was ok but not amazing. was absolutely lovely to see him around and about all weekend, checking stuff out, pint in hand
mainly because the pool was just full of people being curious and having a nice time taking it in. the actual installation itself wasn't much good at all, but not offensively bad
... are there any Animal Collective superfans out there who could remember their setlist? I'm seeing them in Eastbourne tonight and I imagine it'll be similar.
I'm hoping for a mixed bag/greatest hits show. I love Merriweather, but those songs aren't the best live. Was there are any instruments or are they still solely electronic/samples and all that lark?
only old songs i can remember were brothersport, we tigers and summertime clothes. no fireworks, no my girls.
more instruments & less samplers than the MPP shows: panda bear was sat behind a drumkit for the whole thing, deakin played guitar for all but two or three songs, avey played keyboards and a bit of guitar.
the new songs were really good though
on the Saturday at least. I really liked the new stuff on the whole, good to see Panda back behind the drums. Interesting too to see Deakin giving lead vocals on the opening song.
Line up was diverse and weird which is basically what I want at ATP. Only felt quiet during a few sets but then you walk outside and hundreds of people are smoking and chatting through the bands so there you go.
Group Doueh and lots of people dancing to them.
The ladies from Group Doueh going nuts for Khaira Arby.
Bass Clef being on the merch stall.
Ear Pwr being entertainingly 'special' and getting the crowd to do a group hug
Really loud bass making my hair vibrate for Black Dice and Gang Gang Dance
Lee Perry being a dirty old man
Accidentally shooting the air hockey puck 8ft into the air and behind the fruit machines
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES DJS. Amazing.
Nice bit of easy going comedy Saturday afternoon
Big Boi encore with all the ladies from the crowd dancing onstage, especially the shy indie ones who regretted getting onstage
Soldiers Of Fortune were pretty good
Omar S techno dancefest with encore
Prince Rama! So good.
Tony Conrad and Jennifer Thingy murdering cats.
The cinema being sent Phase 4 (starring Dean Cain) instead of Phase IV
Great weekend. Loads of hipsters but also loads of people really getting into it too. Thanks ATP and Animal Collective. My face hurts.
that is amazin
was really quiet most of the day, and when it was busy in venues, i always seemed to be surrounded by total fucktards. the crowd had a total MGMT vibe, lots of cunts in fluorescent glasses gurning in my face. saying that, saw a load of really great sets, and the lineup (and the TV/cinema programming) was the most interesting it's been in years
Spectrum - nearly shit myself when they played How You Satisfy Me and Revolution
Gang Gang Dance
Prince Rama - the best projections of the weekend (and there were a lot)
Oneohtrix Point Never
Grouper - way too quiet, everyone talked over it
Animal Collective not loud enough, too many new long jams, just nowhere near as good as last time i saw them a few years back. found out they were playing an almost identical set on sunday too, so decided to go back to the chalet and watch Cocksucker Blues, the unreleased Rolling Stones bootleg documentary, which was dark as shit. there just seemed to be no excitement or anticipation before they played, i guess because a lot of the audience will have seen them before, unlike say when Pavement or My Bloody Valentine or Godspeed headlined.
still a tonne of fun though
Was Bill Murray there?
Great ATP, but a bit on the quiet side people-wise. Animal Collective were great, but Gang Gang Dance eclipsed all for me, utterly mind-blowing set.
Watched Thinking Fellers from afar so couldn't see for myself.
The guy from Hot Chip was hanging around yesterday, future ATP curator?
he was there
that sounds fucking surreal.
also, how were they? they're one of the main reasons that i was gutted about not being able to go.
...to all the bingo and pop quiz entrants
And also as Jamie says above to everyone who came to our DJ set on Sunday.
One of the friendliest ATPs I can remember, a magical weekend all round!
Never can I see the numbers "8" and "2" together again without it evoking the image of Barry White, a duck and a form of bestial activity after ATP bingo :-)
Mindlessly boring and wretched alike. So disappointed with Grouper, what's with this "sound collage" business when she's just released two great new albums?
if you mean what i think you mean her two "great new albums" are pretty full of 'sound collage', no?
Must be said, pretty uninspiring stuff. That went on for what seemed like an age and then she only played a couple of songs from her records and the set was over. Felt completely ripped off.
all the people complaining the lineup was weak, what you really mean is that you hadn't heard of a lot of stuff? ALmost everything i went to see was brilliant. So much good stuff on.
Highlights: Animal Collective both nights, even though they played the same set i had just as much fun on sunday, so much dancing! Also, to people complaining they didn't play the hits, er, they did? summertime clothes! brother sport! ACE! plus the new stuff they played was so dancey and awesome, looking forward to a new AC album so much now!
Big Boi - really wasn't expecting him to play any Outkast stuff, the atmosphere during Ms Jackson was AWESOME :D DADDY FAT SAX
Gang Gang Dance (apart from the boobalicious interpretive dancer)
WET SOUNDS - so great!
History of Sound Art installation in the cinema was amazing
Terry Riley was totally amazing, i wish i hadn't been completely exhausted for it, had to go to bed about 45 mins in but still was wonderful <3
Orthrelm & Mick Barr being insanely good
Onoehtrix Point Never
Beach House & Atlas Sound i also thought might be 'meh' but were actually ace
Winning so much swag on the 2p machines (3 x funny rubbery alien thingys, 1 x golden ant)
The larger than normal volume of hipster idiots with no sense of personal space or consideration for the people around them whilst dancing like twats. dancing like a twat = fine, hitting me in the head repeatedly then moving closer as i try to get away = not fine. fuck off.
Entrance Band being really boring
never thought i'd say this, but too much ambient/droney stuff, by the time i went to see Drawlings instead of Zomby i had to leave cause it all got too much.
Zomby not turning up (lol)
Missing Omar S
Being really shite at air hockey.
Thanks Animal Collective. Thanimalcollective.
anyone who doesn't know that by now, mehhhh.
do you remember when we watched them at Explosions ATP and it was amazing?
but I had a fucking blast.
I've only been to ATP once before (My Bloody Valentine) and I saw some great sets there but it was pissing down the whole time and I didn't interact with anyone outside my group.
This time, only Big Boi and Gang Gang Dance really struck me as excellent - though I did enjoy Ariel Pink, Meat Puppets, Teengirl Fantasy, Oneohtrix Point Never, Omar S a lot too - but I really got a taste of the 'ATP vibe'. I played basketball with two drunk dudes on Friday night, chatted to a number of super friendly people over the weekend, did Riverdance with randomers on Sunday night in Crazy Horse [how good was Kutmah! and the guy from Fuck Buttons before, jesus fuccin wept they were tight], had a good laugh with passers-by while my mates and I revised at the back of OPN...everyone seemed in good spirits and Nightmare '09 by contrast seems so sullen and isolated.
Oh and the chalet parties! Friday and Saturday night, in Holnicote Village (M/N I think?). Just brilliant. They made my weekend, especially when I was suddenly assigned DJ role for 15 minutes and got everyone singing along to Careless Whisper while some guy who looked like Jarvis Cocker crowdsurfed and managed to twice make the whole place chant 'ATP! ATP!' over and over. That wrapped up around 4.30/5am!
So yeah, I had a great time. Shame it'll be my only MayTP (probably) but hey, it was sweet.
what happened there eh?
The parties are truly righteous.
The party only properly hits ATP when they arrive.
hey Scrotum, im the "Fascist" that was awoken from my sweet NAZI dreams by your "15 minute DJ role". Im glad you have confirmed that careless whisper did indeed appear on the set list as i thought i had imagined it...
I have to say that we got so desperate to find some peace (and no, this really doesnt make me or my friends "fascists") that we considered launching some ATP 'merch' into the next village and watch the ATP! ATP! nuts run like lambs to the slaughter.
Fun just cannot be fun if you are aware of the fact that its making other people unhappy.
unless of course you are a sociopath (or an american (or BOTH)).
are you indicating that I have called you or your friends a fascist in some way? I don't recall using that word at all
Can there be fans or some sort of ventilation in the Centre Stage please? It was proper roasting last night. It would also help take away the DEAR GOD FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS NOT THE HOTDOG SMELL AS YOU WALK IN smell too, hopefully
The hot dog smell at the entrance to the Centre Tsgae is fucking horrible.
and i still don't feel right. Walking past it on sunday left me nauseous every time.
All of those nostalgic for the days of Camber Sands would do to remember that such hot dogs were about the only food option on the entire site there.
Much more comprehensive reviews of Saturday and Sunday (including pics, since I actually had my camera with me on those days) coming up imminently.
micachu - awesome arrangements, fun rhythms, short songs
prince rama - really really well put together stage show
big boi - he played lots of famous songs that he has made in the past
mick barr and orthrelm (sp?) - new favourite instrumentalist
animal collective - shite sound. also, why did't panda bear do a solo show?? would've been so much better
gang gang dance - really liked it, but it suddenly went so loud that i couldn't stand it
most stuff - pretty boring all in
watching the shining and don't look now in quick succession, both of which made butlins seem like a really scary place which freaked me out quite a lot
matt baets was a highlight, even though he had very few remotely good jokes. really think that more stand up would be really really good at atp
There was a really lovely, relaxed atmosphere (excluding a few pockets of twats here and there, but no more than usual). people seemed really chatty: i had plenty of enjoyable natters with strangers and ended up making a few new friends. people also seemed way less reluctant to dance, which was great to see. There were loads of really nice little communal moments, like people compelling butlins to switch the wave machine on during the wet sounds thing (which was really great as well) on saturday, or steadfastly refusing to leave omar s and getting an extra half-hour of dancing under the glare of the house lights.
Anyone who thinks the lineup was weak needs to get their head examined. gang gang dance, omar s, floating points, black dice, highlife, prince rama and big boi were all fantastic; ariel pink, terry riley, atlas sound and lee scratch perry were also really great, but kind of paled in comparison. i also really enjoyed drawlings and group doueh, who i'd not really listened to before. actress could have been brilliant, but was way too quiet.
animal collective were merely very good rather than great, and were made to look average on the sunday only by gang gang dance being completely and utterly amazing. people complaining about the lack of "hits" in their set are kind of missing the point: it's not what they do, or have ever really done in the past. i really enjoyed the new stuff (especially the insane bleepy one which led into brothersport).
Felt less busy than usual but certainly not 'dead' and being able to see all the acts and no main stage has got to be a bonus. If it had been half empty at Christmas that might have been a different story. Can't honestly say that I noticed a major difference in the calibre of punter.
The Sublime Frequencies films and DJ set (to which I was the lone dancer for quite a sizeable chunk of the set) - I stalked Hisham Mayet and the Bishop brothers like a shameless fanboy this weekend.
Group Doueh - who knew they could be so pop? Once again an African act was my weekend highlight.
Ariel Pink - just brilliant, wasn't expecting much at all first song was a bit ropey but by the end it was a triumph.
Brothers Unconnected - amazing and funny, and sick.
Thinking Fellers - purely on recommendation from the above. Also ropey to start with, big between-song gaps showed they'd been away a while but also incredibly good by the end.
Lee Perry, Big Boi, Terry Riley - what a trio of legends to kick off the procedings.
Sound man turning up volume for Floating Points on my friend's request - what a gent.
Wet Sounds once most of the people had left and floating on back became an option
Embarrassingly quiet sound for Actress - memories of an ear-splitting trebly set at the Arnolfini led me to come armed with earplugs too.
Animal Collective - one of my favourite album bands have always failed to connect with me live (ATP 2008 was quite good actually).
Zomby - why the fuck should anyone pay for his records if he can't be arsed to turn up.
Missing Gang Gand Dance to go home due to work today and Zomby no-show disappointment.
All in all a great weekend which would have worked brilliantly at Camber. Loads of variety and interesting mix of legends and obscure stuff which is what ATP should be about.
Here's to ATP spring break. It was a blast while it lasted. You will be sorely missed.
I will just try asking for more volume next time. Left Floating Points cos it was too quiet :(
I ended up sticking the earplugs in (cuts out the chatter really well) and standing next to the speaker.
animal collective were great on saturday. tremendous dancing to the "hits". although i was pretty disappointed to have the same set on sunday, and they all seemed to be very "business face" on stage.
loved the entrance band, beach house, ariel pink, black dice, teengirl fantasy, meat puppets (with the most righteous wig out at the end), group doueh, vladislav delay, thinking fellers union local 282, atlas sound (mostly cos it was his birthday and he is such a champ. his set was a bit middling), and oneohtrix point never.
disappointed with actress. half disappointed with terry riley - WHY PLAY A SHITTY KEYBOARD WHEN YOU HAVE A LOVELY PIANO JUST SITTING THERE? micachu sounded horrible when i popped in which was a shame as i love the recordings.
was pretty shit that butlins decided to shut the sports bar halfway through the reading-cardiff game on friday.
overall i thought the line-up was one of the most curated ATPs i've been to. seemed to be really well thought out instead of just a load of bands.
caught the steam train on the way home. :)
when they turned off the TV's during the Reading-Cardiff game made my weekend. what kind of a "sports bar" doesn't let people know they're going to be closing soon at the end of the 1st half, so people have 15 minutes to find another bar, instead of 5 seconds before the 2nd half starts?!
Rainbow In Curved Air!
The piano was a Steinway wasn't it. I think those are the posh ones. Or is that Bosendorfer
...dull as fuck. And I used to lie him knack in the early 2000s.
Didn't see as many bands as last year, but the ones I did see, for the most part, were very good.
Big Boi - the man knows how to work a crowd. Massive party set and great to see everyone dancing and generally losing it (a rarity at ATP).
Teengirl Fantasy - as someone up there said, really well paced set and they seemed to be having a blast. Cheaters sounded HUGE.
Group Doueh - lovely. And the only band I danced to sober.
Beach House - gorgeous. Best I've seen them.
Convincing the guy in the pool to switch the wave machine back on after the mass-migration from Wet Sounds.
Winning about 15 plush toys.
Spotting Terry Riley and his wife pottering around looking very content.
Animal Collective - not that they were bad, but just didn't quite engage with their set. Didn't help that I had had a heavy night on the Friday and Centre Stage seemed to be a sauna this weekend.
Drawlings - just didn't get it.
Zomby no show - particularly after nailing a fair few shots in anticipation of a solid hour of dancing.
No Pizza Hut buffet.
Wet Sounds - just sounded like a fog horn and a few bleeps. And why did they have to close the slides and the rapids?
The guls - are they getting bigger and noisier by the year?
The gurning hipster next to me at Animal Collective. Why bother?
Lee Hunter being EVERYWHERE
It was eerily quiet around the site at some points, particularly before 2:00pm.
Reds was too quiet and Centre Stage too loud.
Work tomorrow. Eurgh.
and no Bill Murray despite what everyone was saying.
Enjoyed things on saturday night because I was just the right amount of drunk.
I knew it was unlikely for 'OV'set for Orthrelm but could have at least played for as long as Barr, who was also great doing his solo stuff regardless.
OPN great, Thinking fella's were pretty good, Eric Copeland better than Black Dice but still glad I saw Black Dice after missing them in December. Other good things.
£2.50 cooked pork belly from Morrisons was alright.
My Sunday was sorta ruined by not being able to sleep well at all at any point of the weekend and just feeling like utter crap and being generally grumpy and unresponsive. Err...yeah.
Omar-S, Beach House, Entrance, Prince Rama, Teengirl Fantasy, Khaira Arby... To name a few of the very good acts I saw!
I wasn't sure about the line up but actually music wise I enjoyed this as any ATP (If not more due to the cool mix).
I don't Animal Collective can be defended though. They could have easily have played a couple more songs people know on one of the days. They had 3 hours to play FFS.
so they probably couldn't have easily played any deviation from what they actually played.
Probably down to the drugs and company I had this time, but the whole weekend just seemed so much more fun than previous ATPs. (Don't get me wrong, I do like the eerie pondering of darker material during the NBC, but this was just great)
Highlight was probably dancing like a loon to Big Boi, and then tripping out at the back of Terry Riley thinking I'd solved the Universe or some shit.
Spectrum doing Revolution was totally spine tingling.
Gang Gang Dance
Awesome chalet party in Ocean Bay on Sat/Sun - who knew R&B could be so much fun.
I actually really enjoyed Animal Collective on Saturday and made the right decision on Sunday by assuming they would do the same set and saw the Crazy Horse DJs instead - Kutmah was immense!
Eric Copeland - really enjoyed this one, even more than the Black Dice set
Onohtrix - totally hypnotic
Last May ATP - hopefully we can rock up in Camber in a few years
Ear Pwr - Really?
Drawlings wasn't my bag and that back projection was weirding me out!
Missing half of Prince Rama - the 3 songs I saw were great
Freaky Coach incident on the way home when a plank of wood smashed the windscreen
Overall like someone said higher up - the friendliest one I have been too (and I think I've done about 15 now!)
You forget how much nicer everything seems in the summer. COME BACK MAY ATPS
Friday started off well with Black Dice. Everyone was moaning about the 'build up and no release' style but that's sort of Black Dice innit. Eric Copeland did a more fun dancey version the day after that everyone could enjoy. Lee Scratch Perry got boring fast so went to see Soldiers of Fortune who were IMMENSE. Glad I read that it was Kid Millions/Matt Sweeney etc cos I probably would've missed em otherwise. Big Boi was great following them too, it started off waaay too bassy but that was sorted fairly quickly. Everyone was going justifiably crazy. Lots of Outkast stuff too. Everyone in the immediate vicinity was talking about the objectification of women afterwards. Aw yeah.
I really enjoyed Terry Riley too. The piano and guitar bits only got into the transcendent shimmerry thing some of the time but when they did it was so great. And the Rainbow in Curved Air synth bit was er, as awesome as the record is. Cannot remember what happened after Terry Riley.
Saturday started w/Brothers Unconnected which was again seriously good. They did do 'The Flower' but didn't go mental on the vocals. And despite knowing exactly what I was going to get from them they still made me uncomfortable! As ridiculous as the spoken stuff etc is it's still really powerful. It makes you thinks.
Eric Copeland I mentioned already. Mick Barr was just insane. The only truly mindblowing "wtf is going on here" moments of the weekend were had watching him. He sounds like a whole orchestra playing black metal. If we were doing a Terry Riley vs Mick Barr minimalism-off Barr would edge it based on that weekend. Meat Puppets were as always brilliant, Up On The Sun sung in tune choked me up for some reason. Could've done without being deafened at the end Keiji Haino style but that was me own fault really.
Had a couple of hours beating away seagulls from my fajitas then watched Thinking Fellers who were very enjoyable. And they played 'Hive' first which is THE BEST SONG. Someone my friend knew from the pub said 'they were feckin' crap, pal, it seemed like they hadn't played together for ten years'. But they hadn't. And they sort of always sound like that. Watched Floating Points for a bit after that but I thought it was too quiet (never satisfied) so I got more drunk then danced to Omar S for an hour before my contact lenses started wanting to fall out cos of the heat. For some reason they were a lot better for the Sublime Freqs DJs but they played the totally undanceable stuff as well as the danceable stuff so that sort of stalled a bit. Can't remember what happened for the rest of Saturday. Phone was dead on Sunday morning.
Sunday started with Group Doueh who got really good towards the end, but I wasn't blown away much like last time I saw 'em. I don't see what other people see in em I guess. Group Inerane all the way for me. Orthrelm/Mick Barr I already mentioned. It was only half an hour which was a bit of a shame but that's enough notes for an entire day in anyone else's book. Oneohtrix was really good and I totally zoned out at the front for about 45 minutes staring at the weird video screen. Most of that was all about vast emptiness though so it got a bit hard on my feet towards the end. Zones Without People indeed.
People (including the Internet's 'Fishplums') were _literally_ running screaming from Tony Conrad and we needed a break so went and sat in the History Of Sound Art installation for a bit which was in turns relaxing and illuminating. Finally actually got to hear a bit of "I Am Sitting In A Room" that they go on about in The Wire all the time. Zomby didn't turn up so I went to eat and missed The Frogs for the second time (doing Justin Bieber covers? Yes?).
Atlas Sound was the biggest pleasant surprise I think, never really bothered to listen to any of Deerhunter or him before and it was all a bit epic. The little acoustic guitar loops most of the songs were based around were beautiful. You might have seen me with my head in my hands at this point but I was enjoying it, honest. Then came rescheduled Khaira Arby who came out and owned the stage immediately. Much dancing, including dancing from the female bit of Group Doueh who were going a bit crazy. The guitarist was playing some fried solos too. Teengirl Fantasy were a big pleasant surprise too. Bloke with the electronic drumkit was the most enthusiastic person of the weekend. Again lots of dancing. Animal Collective were fun enough, I haven't really listened to them past Sung Tongs so I had no clue whatsoever but there were definitely some nice sounds. NO DANCING THIS TIME THOUGH. I can't remember what happened after Animal Collective. Actually I can, I was dead so just went to bed. PARTY TYME.
There ends the review of the music bit, let us never speak of it again.
The song on the ATP mixtape was there best by about a million miles. Bit overcome by positivity up there, sorry.
Khaira Arby's guitarist was my highlight of the weekend. So glad I took a chance on watching them.
Didn't think that Group Doueh were a patch on the time I saw them on the Sublime Frequencies tour.
Didn't get Mick Barr at all.
weren't anywhere near as good as they were on the Sublime Frequencies tour - still enjoyed it though. Loved Khaira Arby, maybe the best set I saw all weekend. Fantastic vibe in the room, just felt like you were part of something really special. Did mean missing the majority of Gang Gang Dance unfortunately but I managed to dance like a loon to their last track.
Amongst others loved Big Boi who was playing classic after classic, Lee Scratch Perry, Ariel Pink, Beach House, Teengirl Fantasy, Black Dice, Meat Puppets and most of Animal Collective's Saturday set - I thought the floor was going to collapse at one point.
Not a vintage ATP but lots of fun regardless.
Sorry the picture quality isn't always great; Centre stage is not the easist place to get a good pic with a mediocre camera unless you're right up next to the barriers.
Wet sounds was an awesome experience, spent the best part of an hour in there.
Ariel pink was probably my favourite performance of the weekend.
Kid millions and the rest of soldiers of fortune.
Black dice, mental, mega sounds dropping into catchy loops and rhythms.
Big boi, probably one of the best hip-hop sets i've seen at atp.
Jumping around to omar s, amazing set. My legs are still sore.
Catching the steam train home!
Least favourite bits
The hotdog stand/having a hotdog, which possibly led to
Feeling awful for most of sunday.
TV not being tuned into ATP tv. Someone really should sort that out.
So yeah, great stuff.
Fix the tv tuning in 10 minutes. It does recommend to speak to them in the tv guide if it's not working.
Haven't been to the last few ATPs, but last time we were, same problem. Going in December, thoroughly expecting the same again.
but obviously when we're not there nobody is broadcasting on those 2 channels so people will see static and reprogramme their tvs to remove those channels.
Unfortunately, the guy who picked up our wristbands and lineups and stuff didn't think think to grab a tv guide - it wasn't till we were on the way home that i even realised there were two atp channels and a guide available.
Brother sport, what a tune.
didn't start off well.
My case flew out of the baggage hold of the ATP bus but an amazing tag team of following cars managed to stop the coach miami vice style while another brought up the rear with my battered case.
The Frogs (but I had to leave for something, I forget what)
bittersweet high: I was ready to dismiss Bigboi when he brought on an odd gaggle of ladies on the stage: a strange mix of the bewildered, confused, try hard and pissed. But my respect returned when just as the music stops some drunk indie chick tries to hug him but he just turns away with the back off cave bitch hand; only for to try and cover up the snubb by dancing maniacally to nothing. The man played the cliche to get paid but showed some self respect at least when the music stopped.
surpising High: Animal Collective
Lows: That bint with Tony Conrad. She ruined everything
I am digusted with myself for missing most of Sunday and I am seriously gutted. Orthrelm was not as good as Barr on his own either.
His bouncer type bloke was straight onto it. NO! NO! GET DOWN!
Countzero's bag falling off the back of the coach on the way there and getting hit by a car. Undecided if that was a positive or negative as I found it a little funny and nothing seriously damaged. Two cars did pull together to get it back to the coach which was nice.
Pretty bizarre and unfortunate incident. Still, better than paying £45 for a taxi to Minehead, as three of my mates who went ended up doing. Ouch!
was anyone about for Ariel Pink at Burger King?
Best Saturday morning viewing ever!
been to around 13 so far.
Highs: Everything sounded great on the centre stage.. Gang Gang Dance, Beach House, Big Boi in particular.
Really enjoyed Floating Points in the crazy horse once the volume was sorted.
Kurt Vile doing a cover of Downbound Train (or so i thought, was pretty wasted)
Getting upgraded to a 4 person chalet from a 2 person one, just a shame we didn't have a shower and had to use a bath everyday.
Lows: Sound was far too quite in Reds but I can understand the reasons for this. Omar-S would have been better on the centre stage or crazy horse where the sound could have been louder.
The place did feel a bit empty at times, would have been nicer at a smaller venue maybe but then I would miss the facilities at Minehead I guess.
APART FROM FLOATING POINTS and the start of Big Boi the sound was uniformly awesome. I thought Omar S was spot on.
We were in the cinema and the room was shaking and we could barely hear the film...
i lost my shit
Specifically of AC, Gang Gang Dance, Terry Riley, Actress, Group Doueh, Black Dice, Ariel Pink, Atlas Sound, OPN or Vladislav Delay?
Just written a review for a blog and some photos to accompany it would be great, unfortunately I'm not much of a deft hand with a camera myself.
I'm give you and your a flickr a plug in the article in exchange!
In regards to was the festival any good, yes, it was lots and lots of fun, most enjoyable ATP I've been to.
and myself are actually quite pissed off about the cock up that made us miss Big Boi....i dont think we'll get another opportunity to see him at something like ATP ever again....but that aside it was a good weekend all told...it did seem friendlier than past ones....but there also seemed to be more people with laminated passes than actual punters !! Kurt Vile and Beech House were my highlights.....GGD were excellent...animal collective were pretty good, but really couldve tore the place apart on the saturday, a lot of the audience were well up for a party, and the amount of casualties lying down at the side was incredible.......hats off to the DJ that played under my Wheels in the irish bar on sunday night while we played pool.....not the best ATP for me....but certainly not crap.
he may not have provided the non stop party sounds of gang gang or the infectious grooves of Omar S, but he was, for my own idiotic hungoverness, the best thing all weekend. playing the sunday evening slot, with the sickness and depression of the post pizza hut buffet blues kicking in, his healing set was, at the risk of sounding like a pretentious bufoon, unspeakably beautiful - just closed my eyes and let my self drift along imagining myself on some futuristic meditative boat trip.
from what i recall of the AC set on the saturday i had the time of my life with the new stuff sounding great. Brother sport though was the highlight. defininitely felt they could've atleast dropped a few more hits into the set - it really would've gone off. going back the next day slightly more sober i didn't enjoy the set as much and just thought if you were in their position - how good would it be to drop my girls in and watch it go freakin crazy!! (particularly as when i saw them at primavera sound in 2008 they unexpectadly dropped panda's comfy in nautica which made mine and most ppl there's wknd)
black dice, atlas sound, gang gang dance, actress, meat puppets all great also.
did see a fair bit of shit but havin a ball crashing random chalet parties made up for it. met lots of great ppl, many i have no recollection of - too many hazy memories for my liking. quite likely i was a drunken annoying twat so apologies to anyone i offended!
real shame they're stopping the may atp as i do like the brightness and the longer days. at the very least its a bit of a lifeline when finding your way back to the chalet.
was such a good idea
actually seemed like a quite a progression from some of his earlier work; the visuals were great too.
will link to my photos when I start putting them online
What the hell is it with rap acts acts doing the 'layyydeez' thing at ATP??? It pains me every time I see it (and ruined what was shaping up to be a decent set from Big Boi). I found it so toe-curling I had to leave (especially when mixed with the smell of rancid hotdogs).
For me there wasn't as much dancing as I've seen at previous ATPs. I was surprised that I was one of the only ones swept away by Entrance and Spectrum (both excellent) and was left freaking out on my own. Beach House and Khaira Arby were both outstanding too. Generally, though, the music was not as strong as previous events - mainly due to too a high proportion of droney beatless affairs - by the end of Friday I was concerned I wouldn't hear a 'song' all weekend. Things picked up though and I left more than happy in the end - even the poorest ATPs are truly fantastic. Which leads me on to... if had to rank this amongst the others I have been too it would run:-
Please appease my autistic tendencies and let me know yrs.
This one shades it over MBV due to the weather... Dear Jim, Please please please could you fix it for Barry H to reinstate May ATP. I can't imaging sitting on the beach enjoying daybreak in the middle of December (at 10am). Love Phil aged 35 and a half.
I can't pick out any faults with anything that happened at ATP. I was disappointed that Zomby didn't show up but it worked out in the end because I ended up watching the whole of Gang Gang Dance and tripped major balls sitting at the side, was probably one of the biggest highlights of my weekend. Actress and Spectrum were simply amazing. A lot of people are complaining about AC and I get it because it was a bit gutting not to hear some of the classics but I can't really complain, it was still ace to be there and see them and feel the atmosphere about the place. Wet Sounds was amazing, tripping out whilst standing behind the water fall thing was an experience! Sitting on the beach on Friday and Sunday night at about 3:30am was also incredible. Thought the whole atmosphere and general vibe was amazing and the people I went with, combined with the drugs and free water (never drank so much water in my fucking life), made the whole weekend one of the best experiences of my life really. Really wish they weren't stopping the May ATPs, get a grip and sort it out!!
Again, lack of really decent photos (though I did at least capture Bradford Cox's imminent birthday surprise)
As a huge fan of ATP, and having attended virtually everyone since the Mars Volta one, I was quite shocked by the Ariel Pink episode late Sunday.
I realise it was late and Pink was basically attempting to start a mini gig in the Pavilion and the staff were presumably tired and eager to get home, but to wade in like they did, break his mic lead and then start pushing punters was over the top and left a bit of a sour taste.
The whole affair was tempered, mind, by Bradford Cox' appearance, sayin: 'Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey, man, what's goin on, everyone should really stay calm...' as Pink flipped out and started convulsing.
First-class weekend nonetheless.
I saw him late saturday night sunday morning eating a burger and looking round nervously like some sort of bonkers chipmunk,he was sat right next to me in fact... as he disapeared Kurt Vile and his band turned up....presumably for the top class onion rings and chili cheese bites......I dont recall there being any hassle.
im clueless...so what was the beef?
Ariel Pink bloke lunging about with a mic, before shouting something about a chalet party. Sound had pretty much been cut off by this time and security were turning people away. Fucked off to the beach.
His tiny rant at some punter in the audience about "No, you listen to me, i dont listen to you, thats how it works".....what kind of vibe do you think he was going for at 2.30 on a sunday morning outside a burger king.....Tortured misunderstood genius, or a bit of a plonker??? The Jury's still out....
Does anyone know what the song on the ATP-TV theme tune idents bits in-between the programmes was? T'was a funsky little number which encouraged one to gently bop around the chalet, and we think it was on channel 1 of ATP-TV on the first two days. It accompanied a striking zoom shot of a cartoonish oaf tucking into some hearty scran Butlin's style. Any clues appreciated!
Thanks JGJug - du's cool!