Les Savy Fav beat visa problems to play ATP Vs Pitchfork

Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Los Campesinos! and Black Lips all play festival

The ATP Vs Pitchfork festival last night (May 11) drew to a close with a headline set from German band Harmonia.

The three-day event held at the Pontin‘s holiday park Camber Sands, Sussex also saw performances from Vampire Weekend, Los Campesinos!, Hot Chip, Yeasayer and [a/]Les Savy Fav[/a].

The beachside festival began on Friday (May 9) in bright sunshine with appearances from Vampire Weekend and headliners Ween.


Saturday (10) saw Hot Chip topping the bill with a set which included a cover of Prince‘s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ plus the likes of ‘Over And Over’ and new single ‘One Pure Thought’.

The early evening also saw an eventful show from Brooklynites Les Savy Fav. The five-piece’s set had previously been placed in doubt as after international visa problems meant two shows scheduled in Kingston and Oxford on the previous two nights had to be cancelled.

Speaking to NME.COM singer Tim Harrington joked: “We had some visa problems because we (hi)jack banks back in the states. It’s our job – we’re bank robbers.”

The show, which lent heavily on material from 2007 album ‘Let’s Stay Friends’, saw the lead singer commandeer one fan’s Pink Panther fancy dress costume before ripping it apart. The gig concluded with Harrington leading his band – marching with drums – to the downstairs second stage just before The Black Lips kicked off their set.

Also that afternoon Cardiff outfit Los Campesinos! realised a dream by playing on the main stage with lead-singer Gareth Campesinos! telling the crowd, “this is our Wembley, our Knebworth, our Pyramid Stage. Thank you!”

Yeasayer also played a set predominantly lifted from their debut album ‘All Our Cymbals’.


The final day – Sunday (11) – saw riotous performances from American bands No Age and Pissed Jeans before The Hold Steady and The Meat Puppets and finally seminal German electronic band Harmonia, playing only their second ever UK gig, rounded off the festival.

The second event of the year curated by Explosions In The Sky takes place at Minehead, Somerset and begins this Thursday (May 16).