While big, splashy festivals struggle and fold, All Tomorrow's Parties has continued to build momentum by staying small and focusing on left-of-center artists. Attending the festivals, which have been held in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, sometimes requires driving for hours to watch bands in unusual, out-of-the-way locales. Nonetheless, the events continue to sell out.

Barry Hogan founded ATP 10 years ago after growing disillusioned with the London club scene. Hogan, who works hard to ensure disposable pop acts don't make it past the front door, teams with select artists to curate the festivals. The next ATP will take place Sept. 11-13 at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, N.Y., and features the Jesus Lizard, Animal Collective and the event's curators, the Flaming Lips.

How has the recession affected ATP? Has there been a drop in attendance, given the travel and lodging costs associated with the fests?

We have seen some numbers dropping on a few events, but I think that could also be attributed to competition, especially in the U.K. When ATP started in 2000, there were no alternative festivals. All you had was Reading, Glastonbury and V festival. Now there are hundreds of people copying a lot of what we have been doing for the past 10 years, and the amount of people who think they can be a promoter and start a festival is turning into an epidemic in the U.K. Most of them are clueless, too.

What sets the ATP audience apart from other festivals?

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