The roster for the first North American installment of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, postponed from October to March 15-17 on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, is taking shape, with many originally confirmed acts set to return. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Television, Stereolab, Cat Power, and ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus are among the returning artists, while punk trio Sleater-Kinney and techno experimentalist Aphex Twin are new additions to the festival.
As previously reported, Sonic Youth will curate and perform at the event, which was postponed by the band in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A number of acts who were booked in October are still unconfirmed for the March weekend, including the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Smog, former Royal Trux principal Neil Hagerty, and BS2000, the side-project of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz. Both the Melvins and French composer Luc Ferrari were unable to commit to the rescheduled dates.
Other confirmed artists include Japanese noise-rock pioneers the Boredoms, dance-punk oddity Peaches, Unwound, Bardo Pond, US Maple, Papa M, White Out, the Fred Anderson Trio, the Dead C, Pita, Destroy All Monsters, Tony Conrad, Quixotic, Christina Rosnevigne, and Chris Lee. Three-day passes and single-day tickets are currently available via UCLA’s Web site.
Meanwhile, more acts have been added to next year’s U.K. edition of the festival, set for April 19-21 and April 26-28 in Camber Sands. Post-punk Chicago act Shellac, led by producer and former Big Black leader Steve Albini, will curate the event and has convinced Boston post-punk legends Mission of Burma to reform for the first time since 1983. The Breeders, Blonde Redhead, Cheap Trick, Low, the Fall, and Television’s Tom Verlaine are also scheduled to appear.
Last month, Touch & Go released an album of rarities from several acts who performed at last year’s U.K. edition of the fest, which was curated by Tortoise. Artists on the album include the Sea & Cake, Calexico, Autechre, Black Heart Procession and Broadcast. A second compilation, due Jan. 21 on ATP and distributed by Touch & Go in North America and Vital in Europe, will feature exclusive cuts from U.S. festival performers Sonic Youth, Malkmus, Cat Power, and the Boredoms.