End Of An Era: ATP announce last ever UK holiday camp festivals

14 years after their first event, All Tomorrow’s Parties are “calling time” on their legendary UK holiday camp festivals. 

The festival brand are to stop hosting their weekenders at Pontin’s Camber Sands in order to focus on a “growing schedule of city and international based events in 2014 and beyond” The final two Camber Sands ATP festivals have been announced, brutally branded as the End Of An Era events.

Speaking to The Quietus, festival founder Barry Hogan outlined the rationale behind the decision:

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

End Of An Era 1 will take place from November 22-24, and will be produced in partnership with Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival. Television will top the bill, and will perform Marquee Moon in its entirety. Other acts on the bill include Oneohtrix Point Never, Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare,  Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr, Dinos Chapman, Les Savy Fav, múm,  Hebronix, Mike Watt,  Wolf Eyes, BEAK> and Eraas.

End Of An Era 2, meanwhile, will run from November 29-December 1, and will be helmed and curated by a reformed Loop. Also on the bill? Fennesz, The Pop Group, 23 Skidoo, Dirty Beaches, The KVB, Hookworms, Edan, Hookworms and Thought Forms.

More acts are set to be announced for both dates. ATP kicked off operations back in 1999 with the Bowlie Weekender, and have since hosted annual festivals at Pontin’s Camber Sands and, for a few years, Butlin’s Minehead. The festival expanded to the US in 2002, and has latterly expanded to Australia. They also launched the I’ll Be Your Mirror events at Alexandra Palace in 2011, since curated by Portishead and Mogwai.

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