Afghan Whigs, Louis C.K., The Roots, Make-Up & more for I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 on sale Monday!

Friday 24th February, 2012

All Tomorrow's Parties presents
I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012
Curated by Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) & ATP
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd September - Asbury Park, N.J.

"The wall between fans and fame is mostly stripped away, as is corporate sponsorship.
In terms of vibe, it is simply the best music festival there is." - NPR

& Many More Confirmed!
Tickets To Go On Sale Monday at 10am via this link!

"It's a utopian operation; its organisers know the problems with most other
music festivals and try to avoid them on principle." - New York Times

ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.

We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.

After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I'll Be Your Mirror event co-curated & headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and 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. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).

As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we're very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities (see below for details).

Today we can start to confirm our fantastic line-up...

Chosen by Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) playing Saturday 22nd:


+ more to be confirmed

Chosen by ATP played Sunday 23rd:

(reforming for IBYM)

+ more to be confirmed.

Friday's line-up will be confirmed in the near future.

Tickets go on sale this Monday 27 February at 10am EST via this link. 3 Day Passes are priced at $199 for the weekend, until March 27 when any remaining tickets will go up to $249.

Pre-sale Mailing List Members for this event will receive a pre-sale link via email in advance of Monday's on-sale.


Asbury Park has a wide variety of accommodation options. The Berkeley Hotel where we will host the Cinema and DJs has some rooms available which will go on sale shortly, first to ATP members and then to early Festival ticket purchasers who we will contact after they have booked. 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 many more options in town and the local area, with a large list available on the 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 (IBYM headliners will finish in good time before the last trains) 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: 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: NJ Transit's 317 bus departs from the Greyhound Terminal at 10th & Filbert in Philadelphia and arrives at the Asbury Park train station:

Car: For driving directions from North & South Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, DC and other cities check the ATP website.


Press requiring more information or accreditation details should contact Judy Silverman at Motormouth Media:


ATP History:

"Sometimes promoters have good ideas. And those guys pretty much always do, and I have to say as festivals go, that's the best one out there." - Mike Patton

All Tomorrow's Parties has been promoting festivals and concerts throughout the world for the last ten years. It was founded in the wake of Belle and Sebastian’s Bowlie Weekender, with Mogwai curating in the unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands. Since then the festival has appeared every year and has expanded across the globe continuing to set itself apart from large scale corporate festivals by staying intimate and fan-friendly. The line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists which results in eclectic events that combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. The festival has become more successful with every passing year, and ATP events have taken place in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, with past curators including Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton, My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, Sonic Youth, Slint, and Tortoise. In 2011 ATP launched a new series of curated city-based events called I'll Be Your Mirror, starting in Tokyo in February, London in July and Asbury Park, New Jersey in September.

For ten years ATP has set itself apart from other festivals by embracing seemingly disparate artistic genres, with events featuring art exhibitions, cinema programmes, spoken word performances and stand up comedy. It's been called 'Unforgettable' by Spin and 'the most enjoyable festival experience of our reporter's life' by Pitchfork. It has spawned an acclaimed concert series (Don't Look Back), a record label (ATP Recordings), and the release of a feature length documentary about the festivals from Warp X, titled All Tomorrow’s Parties, out now on DVD. For more information and the trailer visit

Selected press from 2011 in Asbury Park:

"With this year's I'll Be Your Mirror Festival in Asbury Park, ATP once again provided America with a glimpse of its own vision of a Utopian cultural exchange." - Village Voice

"That's right, while every other festival is in its 10th year and booking the same 250 acts as the festival preceding it, ATP just swoops in with an unglamorous but effective idea and declares itself a contender for U.S. festival of the year!" - Consequence Of Sound

"Everyone at this...will be more than eager to return next year." - Drowned In Sound

"[The audience] were unwilling to accept that this fantastic weekend was coming to an end." - AV Club

"This was probably the most fun I've had at a music festival in a very long time." - Brightest Young Things

"It may have been difficult to imagine how a change of location, from upstate New York to the New Jersey shore, could possibly improve and enhance the unique and uncanny event that it was known to be. Well, it has...No excuse is a good excuse to miss this party." - Dossier Journal

"It was awesome...get to the next ATP." - Dummy

"We reconnected with a deep-seated love of music that's constantly tested by the Internet's exhausting and trivilizing hype cycle." - Flavorwire

"The whole weekend was amazing." - Metro

"The performances at ATP remain aggressively experimental, challenging, and enthralling." - New Jersey Star Ledger

"Though the location has changed, the community feel of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival experience is still intact on New Jersey's Asbury Park boardwalk." - Prefix

"ATP played a blinder...[Asbury Park] couldn't have made for a better setting." - The Quietus

"ATP typically boasts one of the most interesting and eclectic lineups of all music festivals." - Spin

"Altogether among the more gloriously pleasant festivals I've experienced." - The Stranger

"We don't want I'll Be Your Mirror to ever end." - Wall Street Journal

Selected press from 2008-2010 in upstate New York:

“An unforgettable end to the summer festival season.” – Spin

“ATP NY was the most enjoyable festival experience i’ve ever had in my life.” – Pitchfork

"A weekend of musical delights. ATP remains by far the best organised, friendliest festival around." - Rolling Stone

"Essentially a perfect weekend...Well done, ATP." - Entertainment Weekly

"The year's finest festival." - Stereogum

"The most focused music festival on the planet. The lineup is unique, the atmosphere is crazily mellow...Not many festivals are interested in making diehard music fans feel appreciated, or even necessary, and ATP makes that its whole point." - Fader

"Nothing like your normal three day music fest. Artistic integrity is the word of the day." - ABC News

"A kind of utopia was successfully brought off last weekend at incredible adventure in cultural escapism." - New York magazine

"The Perfect Rock Festival" Rolling Stone

"Believe every good thing you've heard about ATP." - Tiny Mix Tapes

"Incredible." - Village Voice

"ATP NY 2010 was a blast." - Stereogum

"A completely unique concert going experience." - NPR

"An experience unable to be reproduced anywhere else...Like-minded music fans mingled with celebrities for a one of a kind event...As someone whose attitude is on the fence about festivals, I was not ready for the level of enjoyment I ended up experiencing." - New York Examiner

"It's become clear to us why ATP is considered unlike all other festivals...the complete lack of VIP status allows for some strange happenings...Passion shining through at all moments, and that's why the event is considered to be so incredible weekend." - Time Out New York

"The country's best music festival? Quite possibly..." - Encore