ATP Buller Back In Feb?
News posted Tuesday, July 17 2012 at 03:00 PM.
Related: All Tomorrow's Parties.
All Tomorrow’s Parties will make its long-awaited return to Victoria’s Mt Buller in February.
This is the rumour currently doing the rounds, following alleged comments by Australian rock icon Spencer P Jones at a gig at Yah Yahs in Melbourne on Sunday night. Jones reportedly claimed that the “original” line-up of The Beasts of Bourbon – Jones, Tex Perkins, Kim Salmon, James Baker and Boris Sujdovic – had been asked to reform for the festival, along with acts including Low, The Drones and The Jesus Lizard. (Incidentally, My Bloody Valentine are touring Japan in early February – make of that what you will.)
While a Beasts reunion seems unlikely, both Perkins and Jones have never ruled out a reformation of the line-up that recorded debut album The Axeman’s Jazz.
Jones’ comments about ATP's return, which have since been corroborated by several sources, also appeared on the M+N forum today. A representative from Mt Buller would not confirm or deny those claims when contacted by M+N, but suggested we keep any eye on gig guides for any potential “good news”.
Rumours of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ long-awaited Australian return began circling in April following a Triple R interview with founders Barry Hogan and Deborah Higgins. Speaking to presenter Rose Callaghan, the pair said a return was “never off the table”, but would only happen if the demand was there. “We’re always thinking about how it’s going to return,” said Higgins. “It’s never off the table, but we really need to make sure that we would get the numbers, before we embarked on it again.”
ATP recently underwent a company restructure, which Hogan said would ensure the event would be around for “many more years to come”. Writing on the ATP website, he said they were working on several “exciting developments and opportunities”, which would be unveiled over the coming months.
The festival, a worldwide phenomenon, took place only once in Australia – at Mt Buller, Sydney’s Cockatoo Island and Brisbane’s Riverstage – in 2009. Curated by Nick Cave, it featured performances by The Saints, The Laughing Clowns, The Dirty Three, Robert Forster, The Primitive Calculators, the late Rowland S Howard, The Stabs, Bridezilla and The Necks.
UPDATE 17/7, 6pm: Speaking to M+N this evening, Spencer P Jones denies making any claims about the return of All Tomorrow's Parties or any potential Beasts of Bourbon reunion.