ATP confirm ‘ATP 2.0: Curated by Stewart Lee’ will ‘go ahead’ despite rumours of cancellation

ATP assures an error of 'miscommunication' and that festival will run as planned

Organisers of All Tomorrows Parties have denied rumours that their ATP 2.0 festival has been cancelled it has emerged today (February 29).

According to reports, the festival – which is being curated by comedian and music writer Stewart Lee and running between April 15-17 – had been cancelled with the organisers of Pontin’s holiday camp emailing customers to tell them that 2.0: Curated by Stewart Lee and Drive By Jehu event were both being cancelled, which was leaked on to twitter via an unverified screengrab.

NME have received communication from ATP’s Barry Hogan, claiming that “We have just spoken to Pontins and we are currently resolving this miscommunication. Our events are going ahead as planned.”


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After a twitter furore, Hogan also took to Twitter to confirm that the events were still running to plan after customers started to air their concerns. You can view the tread of Tweets below.

All Tomorrow’s Parties had confirmed the first 19 acts due to perform at the holiday camp weekender (rebranded as ATP 2.0) this year.


Sleaford Mods, [a]The Raincoats[a] and Boredoms are among those scheduled to play, along with folk singer Shirley Collins and ’90s psychedelic rock trio The Heads.

Stand-up comedian and musician Lee, who has previously interviewed Sleaford Mods for NME, was recently announced as ATP 2.0’s curator, and has since said he will also be performing stand-up at the festival.

Also due to perform are ’80s Welsh group Datblygu, Aussie jazz trio The Necks, John Kirkpatrick and The Trembling Bells, Richard Youngs, Shonen Knife, Wild Billy Childish & The Dear Watsons, The Bevis Frond, Evan Parker, John Edwards, John Russell & Han Bennink, Trash Kit, Shopping, The Ex, Bardo Pond and The Nightingales.


Lee said of the news: “Of all the ATPs I’ve attended, the 2001 weekend, when Tortoise curated it and laid American free jazz, European improv noise, alternative country rock, alienating stand-up comedy, ambient electronica, ’80s hardcore, ’70s CBGB nostalgia, smart-arse post-punk, Dutch anarcho-jazz and all manner of unexpected cross-currents on curious young people, remains a pivotal point in my musical education.”

“It’s a great honour to be allowed to attempt something similar. Bring bucket, spade, swimwear and an open mind.”

Stewart Lee’s ATP 2.0 festival will be held in Pontins holiday camp, Prestatyn, North Wales from April 15-17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

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