Last weekend saw the first of ATP’s two ‘End Of An Era’ festivals, as the organisers waved goodbye to to an event that’s been running for 14 glorious years. NME has looked back through our archive for photos of some of the festival’s greatest moments, while here some fans pay sand-based tribute.
ATP favourites Les Savy Fav were among the bands invited to play the closing festival at Camber Sands last weekend, and they didn’t disappoint. Lead singer Tim Harrington got stuck in.
Les Savy Fav’s crowd were just as up for seeng the festival off in style as the band were. In this week’s NME magazine organiser Barry Hogan, Steve Albini and Kim Deal talk about what has made ATP so special over the years.
Black Lips also bid farewell to Camber Sands in fitting, crowd-surfer-assisted style. One of the unique selling points of the festivals is the chalet set-up where fans share accommodation for the weekend. There’s not a tent in sight at ATP.
Deerhunter are another band that ATP have embraced over the years, and Bradford Cox was on hand for the farewell party. Cox told NME: “Curating ATP is like if you had to plan your own bar mitzvah.”
Future of the Left even modified their instruments in tribute.
Back in 2009, Canadian punks Fucked Up put on a now-legendary display at ATP when it was held at Butlins, Minehead.
This man had a jolly good time watching Fucked Up at Butlins Minehead in 2009.
CSS brought new-rave tunes and balloons to ATP in 2009.
Nick Cave led Grinderman through a typically ferocious set in 2011.
Like ATP itself, Sonic Youth are no longer for this world but they brought their visceral live show to Butlins Minehead in 2009.
Yannis from Foals enjoyed the fringe benefits at ATP back in 2009.
Are we not men? They were Devo, back in 2009.
Joanna Newsom, harping on at Butlins Minehead in 2012.
Thurston Moore returned to ATP for the 2012 Butlins Minehead festival.
!!! (That’s Chk Chk Chk to you) punctuated ATP in 2009.
One of the most unique things about ATP festival was its location. This was Camber Sands glamour in 2008 – the only place you’d find experimental electronica and a day spent on the water slides mixed.
Here’s Portishead, who were asked to curate the the I’ll Be Your Mirror festival at Alexandra Palace in 2011.
Faris and the rest of The Horrors brought their gloomly rock to Butlins Minehead in 2009. They did not wear Butlins red coats at any point.
Kim Deal brought her sister-act The Breeders to ATP in 2009. She told NME: “Making new friends, like with Deerhunter, is one of the best things about ATP.”
Justin Vernon brought the sweet sounds of Bon Iver to ATP in 2009.
Back in 2008, Of Montreal glammed up for their appearance at Camber Sands.
Andrew WK partied at ATP in 2009. In fact, he partied hard.
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig played a much-loved set at ATP’s Camber Sands festival in 2008.
ATP 2008 took advantage of Camber Sands’ tropical climate.
Killing Joke played an unforgettable set at ATP in 2009.
No, not Justin from the Vaccines but a horns-aloft ATP fan at Camber Sands in 2008.
Fuck Buttons played Camber Sands in 2008. Andrew Hung told NME: “The chalet parties are the best. I crowdsurfed at one last year.”
ATP’s fans voted for Marnie Stern to appear in 2009.
Hot Chip brought beats, drums and arresting t-shirt design to Camber Sands in 2008.