Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum-curated ATP festival postponed until 2012

'Unfortunate and unforeseen' circumstances are blamed for bash being pushed back

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum‘s forthcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties winter bash has been postponed until 2012.

The festival was due to be staged at Butlin’s, Minehead in December but has now been pushed back to March 9-11 2012.

A statement on ATP‘s official website said:

We’re sorry to announce that due to a set of extremely unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, this festival event is being postponed.


It added: “We understand this will come as a shock and we sincerely apologise that we were not able to inform you before now – please know that we do not take this decision at all lightly. We try to put the community of ATP attendees first in every decision we make and hope that you will understand when we say that if the postponement was in any way avoidable, then we would not be rescheduling.”

Organisers said that tickets for the event will still be valid for the new dates and refunds will be available for those that can’t make the festival.

They are also trying to ensure all the acts on the bill will play on the new dates with a further announcement expected on November 10. Superchunk, The Olivia Tremor Control, Young Marble Giants, The Magic Band, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Tinariwen, The Apples In Stereo and The Raincoats were among the bands scheduled to play.

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Mangum has not performed in the UK for over a decade. Neutral Milk Hotel were together from 1991 to 1999 and released two critically acclaimed albums. Their second album, ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’, was reissued in 2005 and frequently appears in polls of the best albums ever recorded.