All Tomorrow’s Parties festival celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend (December 11-13) with a line-up including acts who had performed across its history.
With DJ sets from Belle & Sebastian, curators of the first ever All Tomorrow’s Parties back in 1999 when it was named the Bowlie Weekender, and shows from festival regulars such as Lightning Bolt and The Breeders, the three-day event at Butlins in Minehead had a celebratory feel.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played their debut album ‘Fever To Tell’ in its entirety on Friday night (December 11).
‘House band’ Shellac played two sets, holding a now-customary question and answer session with the audience. After fielding such queries as, “Can you recommend anywhere to eat in Minehead?” and, “Do you masturbate over how awesome you are?” the band closed their show with an epic rendition of ‘The End Of Radio’.
ATP Recordings signings Fuck Buttons also played two rapturously received-sets, drawing mainly on new album ‘Tarot Sport’.
Metal veterans Melvins put in a thunderously heavy set on the Saturday (12), drummer Dale Crover having already played as part of noise supergroup Porn alongside Dinosaur Jr‘s J Mascis.
Meanwhile on the Pavilion Stage Battles tested out new material from their forthcoming album, including ‘Sanford And Son’ before The Breeders closed the stage with a hit-heavy set. Sunn O))) also played the first of two sets on the Centre Stage.
ATP Recordings‘ Sleepy Sun drew cheers from the crowd for the power of singer Rachael Williams‘ voice in a set of heavy, hippyish psych rock.
Formidable noise outfit Lightning Bolt closed the festival in typically riotous fashion, playing among he crowd and joined for their final set by Japanese noise duo Afrirampo.