ATP Fest To Revisit California
Organizers for the U.K.-bred All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival have confirmed that the multi-day event will return to Southern California in 2004.Organizers for the U.K.-bred All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival have confirmed that the multi-day event will return to Southern California in 2004. The concert is slated to take place Nov. 6-7 at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, Calif. This will be the third time ATP will be held in the U.S., and the second straight year it will occur at the Queen Mary, a former cruise ship that has been converted into a luxury hotel.
ATP first came to California in 2002, when it was held on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles. When the school backed out of sponsoring the event a second time, Southern California concert promoter Goldenvoice took over. The two-day affair was held earlier this month, and featured performances from the Iggy & the Stooges, Sonic Youth, Built To Spill, Spoon, Cat Power and the Mars Volta, among others. Organizers told Billboard this year's fest, officially dubbed ATP Pacific, would be a sort of try-out for future U.S. editions of ATP.
This year's bill attracted close to 20,000 people, and in a post on ATP's official Web site, co-founder Barry Hogan confirms that the event will return to Long Beach. He promises a number of changes in store for 2004, including special accommodations for fans at the Queen Mary and more ATM machines. A New York edition of the festival has long been in the works, but there's no news on when or if an East Coast version will happen. Hogan is encouraging fans to E-mail him suggestions for improving ATP Pacific.
ATP was launched in Camber Sands, England, in 1999 by Hogan and Helen Cottage. The fest places a premium on the unknown and experimental, and employs a well-known curator to book the event. In the U.S., Sonic Youth helmed the 2002 edition and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening organized this year's event.
The next ATP will take place over two weekends in March in Camber Sands, with Tortoise, Shellac, Mogwai and Sonic Youth among the acts curating.