Cave Curates All Tomorrow’s Parties Aus Fest

Australia’s busy festivals circuit has a new player on the scene. The All Tomorrow’s Parties brand will debut in three Australian regions for the upcoming southern summer season, organizers said today.

Home-grown alternative rock act Nick Cave the Bad Seeds will curate and headline the tour, which kicks off Jan. 9-10 at the Mount Buller ski resort, some three hours drive from Melbourne.

The north-eastern city of Brisbane will host a string of “one night stands” from January 12-16, and a one-day fest will be held at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island, Jan. 17-18.

British alternative rockers Spiritualized, the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster and punk pioneers the Saints are among the performers confirmed for the inaugural ATP Australia.

U.K.-based Barry Hogan, co-founder of ATP, told, "We'd been looking at Australia and Japan for some time. My wife, who runs ATP with me, is Australian, so we've visited there many times, and people have always told us that ATP would go down well in Australia." The Japan show is still in the works.

Australian promoters Feel Presents teamed this year with British firm All Tomorrow's Parties to forge the ATP Australia Pty Ltd venture, which is introducing the multi-band fest concept Down Under.

Last year, ATP and Feel Presents collaborated on a series of shows called "Don't Look Back" where Sonic Youth performed their "Dream Nation" album.

Hogan says that ATP would play to roughly 20,000 people over the three Australian dates, and hoped to make it an annual event.

"I think we'll find an audience there. ATP is about like-minded souls who really love their music, and don't necessarily go to a festival because they think it's trendy or go to spend a day without knowing much about the bands involved. ATP audiences go because they want to be there."

A sold-out ATP event this September in Monticello, upstate N.Y., gathered 3,000 fans.