All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

All Tomorrow’s Parties celebrated its 10th anniversary this month with a spectacular double weekend of indie shenanigans. The first three-day event was the Nightmare Before Christmas curated by My Bloody Valentine, the second was 10 Years Of ATP with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Breeders and more. We’re taking a look at the highlights of both weekends. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

Punters grab their balls in between bands in the site’s bowling alley. ATP takes place at holiday camps, in this case Butlins in Minehead, Somerset. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

Fans show off their fancy threads in the main bar at Butlins, Minehead. The venue isn’t used to the kind of noisemongery ATP brings; novelty covers acts such as Rogue Minogue and ‘X Factor’ failures Same Difference are the usual fare. Pic: Emilie Bailey


ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

Formidably loud in the small space of Centre Stage, My Bloody Valentine stunned crowds at the first weekend with tracks including ‘Soon’ and ‘You Made Me Realise’, complete with 20-minute feedback assault. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

A fan shows off her Horrors scarf at the indiest merch stand on the planet. ATP returns to Butlins next May with a weekend curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, followed by a three-day festival overseen by Pavement. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

The Horrors bring the noise to Butlins with a speaker-busting set that included latest single ‘Whole New Way’. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

More fans at the second ATP weekend. No-one is quite sure why they decided to come as Austrian gentlemen. Pic: Emilie Bailey


ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

Fucked Up were picked by My Bloody Valentine to play the first weekend this December. This year the organisers put on a load of gigs in between the two weekends – featuring Fuck Buttons, Lightning Bolt, Apse and more – for those that wanted a full week in Minehead. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

ATP-ers reach for the skies, presumably during a particularly epic Fuck Buttons tune. It’s business as usual at Butlins from this week, as Billy’s Jingle Band take to the stage just vacated by Sunn O))). Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

Butlins offers a whole host of things to do in between bands, including arcade machines, a bowling alley, a swimming pool with flumes and numerous bars and restaurants. Pic: Emilie Bailey

ATP at Butlins, Minehead, for nme 05/12/09

Butlins’ main arena prepares itself for the feedback. Hundreds of great bands played across the two weekends, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Breeders, My Bloody Valentine, Sleepy Sun, The Horrors, Battles and The Mars Volta. Pic: Emilie Bailey



The Breeders picked the line-up for the first ATP weekend and Kelley Deal even found time to organise knitting sessions. Curators over the years have included Mogwai, Portishead, The Flaming Lips, Vincent Gallo and Modest Mouse. Pic:

The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta played at the 10 Years Of ATP weekend. They curated the festival back in 2005, where they picked Les Savy Fav, Battles, The Locust and legendary Japanese noise collective Acid Mothers Temple to play. Pic:


Drawing mainly on new album ‘What Will We Be’, Devendra Banhart’s set toned down the wacky in favour of restrained pysch grooves. Pic:

Fuck Buttons

Bristol electronica duo Fuck Buttons’ late-night set was one of the highlights of the weekend, and the pair are fast becoming festival favourites. They played most of their second album ‘Tarot Sport’, which was Number Eight in NME’s albums of the year. Pic:


Shellac, aka ATP’s house band, played two brutal sets over the second weekend, during which frontman Steve Albini presented a fan with a bottle of bizarre Californian booze they’d requested by email, warning them, “It’s the worst fucking thing you’ve ever tasted.”


Mudhoney’s age-defying frontman Mark Arm tore his way through an energetic set, including classics ‘In ‘N’ Out Of Grace’ and ‘Touch Me I’m Sick’. Pic:


Icelandic experimentalists Múm were one of the attractions of In Between Days – a mini-festival between the two proper ATPs, which also saw a steam train trip and swimming to keep punters occupied. Pic:


After a late start, Karen O and the rest of Yeah Yeah Yeahs won the crowd back with belligerent drunken banter, bananas pulled from between her breasts and ‘Fever To Tell’ in its entirety. Pic:


The Breeders finished their set by inviting Barry Hogan and the other ATP organisers onstage and presenting them with a giant Butlins-shaped cake. Pic: