Portishead & ATP Curate I’ll Be Your Mirror London
aaamusic | On 25, Nov 2010
ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES confirm
“I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR” Curated by PORTISHEAD & ATP
23rd & 24th July – Alexandra Palace, London
Portishead’s only scheduled UK shows for 2011
“Portishead have once again been given the horrendous task of joining up with our favourite festival in the world and choosing a dream list of bands we would like to play with – at least the ones that aren’t dead or in jail.” Geoff Barrow
On the weekend of 23rd and 24th July 2011 at the stunning Alexandra Palace, London, All Tomorrow’s Parties will present the first UK I’ll Be Your Mirror event, which will be curated by the mercurial Portishead (who headline both nights) and ATP. Acting as sister events to the world famous ATP Festivals which usually take place in holiday resorts, and named after the b-side to The Velvet Underground’s original All Tomorrow’s Parties 7″ single, I’ll Be Your Mirror will be a new series of artist curated music, film and art events taking place in cities worldwide.
Alexandra Palace was chosen as the venue for I’ll Be Your Mirror London because it’s grandeur and history has always held a special place for ATP founder Barry Hogan. Growing up locally, Barry developed a strong affinity with the venue, it’s Great Hall playing host to a history of special acts and events – Led Zeppelin in 1972, New Order, the Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Pixies, the Grateful Dead and the epic 1967 kaleidoscopic rave ‘The Technicolour Dream’ which featured Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things & The Move. There was also a lasting impression left by Ennio Morricone’s exceptional score for ‘Lizard In A Woman’s Skin’, a wonderful 1971 Lucio Fulci Italian thriller shot in and around Alexandra Palace. Now it’s the turn of I’ll Be Your Mirror to be added to the venue’s list of historical moments, in what promises to be an incredible 2 days of the best music, art and film in the Capital.
Portishead will headline both nights, with a different stunning supporting line-up joining them each day. Tickets will cost £59 per day with weekend tickets priced at £100. These are the only scheduled UK shows Portishead will play in 2011.
A limited amount of Early Bird Tickets will be available for £50 per day or £90 for the weekend.
Today we can announce some of the first additions to the line-up:
Saturday 23rd July
COMPANY FLOW (original line-up – first UK show in 10 years)
Sunday 24th July
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
With more artists, DJs and other activities to be confirmed for both days in the coming months! Across the weekend we will be bringing to the venue a cinema, amazing food vendors, adding extra bars (including some cash bars) and toilets and also putting on shuttle buses from public transport locations to the venue and back to ensure the best experience possible for everyone that attends.
Tickets will go on sale Friday 26th November at 9am from www.atpfestival.com
The first I’ll Be Your Mirror headlined by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, will take place at Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan in February 2011, and is on sale now.
For any I’ll Be Your Mirror (London) press or event enquiries please contact:
Stuart Kirkham at 9PR on 0207 833 9303/07795 844611
“The Perfect Rock Festival” – Rolling Stone
All Tomorrow’s Parties is an organisation based in London that has been promoting festivals, concerts and records throughout the world for over ten years. It was founded by Barry Hogan in 1999 in preparation for the first All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, the line-up of which was curated by Mogwai and took place in the unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands.
Since then the festival has appeared every year, and continues to set itself apart from festivals like Reading or Glastonbury by staying intimate, non-corporate and fan-friendly. Another vital difference is that the line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists, resulting in unpredictable and exciting events which combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. The All Tomorrow’s Parties festival has become more successful with every passing year, moving in 2006 to a larger holiday camp. It has taken place in the UK, USA and Australia, and has been curated by the following artists:
Jim Jarmusch, Pavement, The Flaming Lips, The Breeders, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton & Melvins, My Bloody Valentine, Explosions In The Sky, Pitchfork Media, Portishead, Dirty Three, Sonic Youth, The Shins, Sleater Kinney, Dinosaur Jr., Devendra Banhart, Mudhoney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Mars Volta, Vincent Gallo, Slint, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Tortoise, Shellac, Autechre, Modest Mouse, and Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening.
All Tomorrow’s Parties also sets itself apart from other festivals by embracing seemingly disparate artistic genres. Most festival events feature art exhibitions and cinema programmes (in New York ATP collaborate with Criterion to present cinema highlighted by appearances so far from Paul Schrader and Jim Jarmusch), and others have featured spoken word performances, stand up comedy and book clubs.
In 2007 the curators allowed festival goers to pick the line-up by organising a voting process for all ticketholders in the months running up to the event, and this was repeated in May 2009. The festival now takes place three or four times a year in the UK (in May and then in December for the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’). In recent years ATP’s involvement in festivals has spread further; including curating a yearly stage at Barcelona’s acclaimed Primavera Sound Festival, and also curating a stage at Pitchfork Magazine’s Music Festival in Chicago in 2007 and 2008.
In 2008 ATP organised their first east coast U.S. festival at Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, New York. It was called ‘an unforgettable end to the summer festival season’ by Spin magazine, and Pitchfork stated that it was: ‘the most enjoyable festival experience of our reporter’s life.’ ATP returned to Kutshers in September 2009 with guest curators The Flaming Lips to even more positive critical reaction, and September 2010’s event guest curated by Jim Jarmusch was called ‘The Perfect Rock Festival’ by Rolling Stone.
At the start of 2009 the first ATP Australia festival took place in Mt. Buller, Sydney and Brisbane, all curated by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to huge acclaim in all locations.
Significant past performances at ATP festivals include the reformations of The Magic Band, Television, The Jesus Lizard, Sleep, and Slint amongst others. All Tomorrow’s Parties were also proud to present the return of My Bloody Valentine with a series of worldwide live performances throughout 2008, the London concerts of which were named Time Out’s Gig Of The Year.
2009 saw the release of a feature length documentary named All Tomorrow’s Parties; a DIY concert film featuring performances from an eclectic mix of some of the most influential or groundbreaking artists that have appeared at ATP including Battles, Sonic Youth, Belle And Sebastian, Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, Portishead, Mogwai, Slint, Grizzly Bear, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Gossip, Daniel Johnston, and The Boredoms. The film is a semi-found bricolage made from Super8, camcorder and mobile phone footage much of it contributed by over two hundred filmmakers, fans and musicians over the festival’s recent history, with key contributions from Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and Vincent Moon (The Take Away Shows, Arcade Fire). It premiered at SXSW Film in March 2009 and was singled out by the events’ curator as being of particular artistic merit.