Good lord. All Tomorrow’s Parties is bringing their boutique full-immersion indie-rock weekend blowout to a new spot this year: Asbury Park, NJ. ATP’s three-day I’ll Be Your Mirror fest will be partially curated by Portishead (!) and headlined by none other than fuckin’ Jeff Mangum (!!!!), last seen regaling a room full of lucky Bushwickians as part of a tentative comeback attempt he’s apparently finally ready to begin in earnest. Show goes down September 30 and October 1-2; a three-day pass (necessary to get into the first of two Mangum shows, with the other one a separate ticket) runs you $249, with the usual ATP amenities — comedy stage, mini film festival, Steve Albini poker room (well, probably, given that Shellac are among the few other confirmed bands), etc. etc. — thrown in. This is frankly pretty incredible. Full release with payment/schedule info below: See you in Jersey. Sheesh.
All Tomorrow’s Parties presents
I’ll Be Your Mirror
curated by ATP Friday September 30
and curated by Portishead Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2, 2011
Asbury Park, N.J.
With very special guest to three-day-pass holders, Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
All Tomorrow’s Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I’ll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront. For the inaugural American I’ll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their first East Coast shows since 1998 on Saturday and Sunday! Since returning with their acclaimed Third album in 2008, Portishead have proven to be one of the most exciting live bands around and their long awaited return to the Tri-State Area will no doubt be one of the highlights of the year.
ATP, who are curating on the Friday are also very excited to be able to present Jeff Mangum who on the Friday night will perform his first large public show of Neutral Milk Hotel songs in over a decade. After releasing what is now one of the most loved albums of the 1990s (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea), the group disbanded before many of those who now love their albums had a chance to see the songs performed live, so this will no doubt be a very special occasion. Please note, as Jeff has chosen to play in the stunning, but smaller Paramount Theatre, only people who buy three-day festival passes get access to this show on Friday night.
Also playing on the Friday are Chavez, Shellac, Cults, and the Album Leaf, with a headliner and some comedians to be confirmed. The rest of the line-ups for the Saturday and Sunday will be announced in the near future.
I’ll Be Your Mirror is a new series of artist curated music, film and art events. Acting as sister events to the ATP Festivals, which take place in holiday resorts, I’ll Be Your Mirror retains the curatorial and multiple band and film concept, but will take place in cities worldwide. The events are named after the b-side to The Velvet Underground’s original “All Tomorrow’s Parties” 7″ single, released in 1966.
Everyone who came to our three events at Kutshers knows how special the place was and how lucky they were to have been a part of our events there and while we are sad to not be returning, we are excited to be moving to the iconic Asbury Park. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room.
We will be transporting the whole ATP experience over to this new location on the beach at Asbury Park, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, as well as the nearby Asbury Lanes and the Berkeley hotel, which the man in black, Johnny Cash himself once lived at. We think it will make a stunning successor to Kutshers.
As well as the live music line-up of over 30 acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we’re very pleased to announce that our friends at Criterion will return again to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days will also feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead – we’ll also be bringing back some of our popular food vendors including the much loved Asia Dogs, and much, much more. Performances all take place indoors, so you have no need to fear about the weather!
Limited 3 Day Passes are available at $249 – these include access to the Jeff Mangum Friday show and the choice of being guaranteed to see Portishead on Saturday or Sunday (3 Day pass holders get access to see everything over the 3 days but on arrival must choose to get priority access to either the Saturday or Sunday Portishead performance and are not guaranteed to see both.)
Friday Day Passes are $60 – they do not include the Jeff Mangum show in the Paramount but include everything else on that day.
Saturday Day Passes are $99
Sunday Day Passes are $99
Friday day passes do not include Jeff Mangum’s show as explained above. Jeff Mangum will play a separate solo headline show on the Monday night, tickets for which are $35.
3 DAY PASSES, DAY PASSES AND JEFF MANGUM (Monday) TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 9AM EST FROM SEETICKETS & TICKETMASTER via www.atpfestival.com
SCHEDULE SO FAR:
Friday September 30 curated by ATP:
Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) (3 day passholders only)
The Album Leaf
+ more to be confirmed
Friday will also feature a Comedy Stage.
Saturday October 1 curated by Portishead:
+ 10-15 more acts to be confirmed
Sunday October 2 curated by Portishead:
+ 10-15 more acts to be confirmed
As mentioned above Jeff Mangum will also perform an additional show on the Monday after the event, also on sale this Friday:
Monday October 3 – Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ.
Asbury Park has a wide variety of accommodation options some of which are listed on our website. The Berkeley Hotel where we will host the Cinema and DJs has some rooms available to ATP members and past attendees. If you think you are eligible to enquire about a room at the Berkeley email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with BERKELEY in the subject line.
A few blocks further down the boardwalk there is the Empress Hotel, or a few blocks further into town, the Ocean Plaza Hotel or The Tides Hotel. There are many more options, with a full list available on the ATP website.
Trains: Asbury Park station is an easy train journey from New York Penn station – trains run back to NYC until just after midnight and start again at 5am the next morning. Trains run direct from Newark International Airport down the North Jersey Coastline to Asbury Park. Check the New Jersey Transit website for more info on connections to other areas of New York and New Jersey: http://www.njtransit.com ATP will operate shuttle buses from Asbury Park station to the main venues and back.
Bus: Academy Bus Service operate buses from Manhattan Port Authority to Asbury Park train station: http://www.academybus.com NJ Transit’s 317 bus departs from the Greyhound Terminal at 10th & Filbert in Philadelphia and arrives at the Asbury Park train station: http://www.njtransit.com
Car: For driving directions from North & South Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, DC and other cities check the ATP website.