Silver Apples, Budos Band, Paradise Lost 3 Premiere + more added to Nightmare Before Christmas festival

Friday 4th November, 2011

CONFIRMED: Silver Apples, Roll The Dice, The Budos Band and more added to ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
curated by Battles, Caribou & Les Savy Fav - December 9th-11th On Sale Now

Our 'Nightmare Before Christmas' festival weekend runs from the 9th-11th December 2011 at Butlins, Minehead - this year curated by Battles, Caribou and Les Savy Fav. As previously announced each band will headline and choose a line-up of 14 artists for one day of the festival. Tickets are on sale now with a final amount of 2 Berth Apartments just released via Seetickets and Wegottickets. Today we can confirm some more artists as well as some other additional important info about the event!

Caribou are confirmed to play as the Caribou Vibration Ensemble - featuring special guest Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) on synthesizers and electronics, James Holden on modular synthesizers, a 4 piece horn section and two drummers - an 11 piece band total. The band features the four piece horn section that featured on Caribou's Swim LP and James Holden's modular synth is going to be connected to / played by Ahmed Gallab's (Sinkane/Yeasayer) drum kit.

For Friday 9th Dec curated by Les Savy Fav, we can now confirm these new artists:

The Budos Band (profile)
Future Islands (profile)

For Sunday 11th Dec curated by Caribou, we can confirm:

Silver Apples (profile)
Roll The Dice (profile)
Connan Mockasin (profile)

To view a trailer for the event featuring live footage of Les Savy Fav from a past ATP go to Youtube or Vimeo.

Paradise Lost 3 - Purgatory Premiere:

We are also very proud and excited to be able to present the European premiere of the long awaited documentary film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory at the event.

The Paradise Lost films tell the true story of one of the most notorious murder cases in US history which three Arkansas teenagers were charged with the brutal killings of three 8 year old boys, in what's become known as the case of the West Memphis Three. Fraught with accusations of devil worship, allegations of coerced confessions and emotionally charged statements, the trial, and its aftermath, was one of the most sensational of recent times, with many claiming the trio had been wrongly convicted in an atmosphere of Satanic Panic.

The recent release from prison after 18 years of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley meant that the third documentary feature was postponed in order to give the series a definitive ending. Following screenings at the Toronto & New York film festivals the new film will receive it's first European screening at the Nightmare Before Christmas. View a teaser trailer here.

ATP Book Clubs for Nightmare Before Christmas:

Our final piece of event related news involves our Book Club. At each event we ask our curators to pick a group of books to recommend to attendees, and this year we're pleased to be joined by the renowned literary journal Laphams Quarterly who will be running discussions at the event. Lapham's Quarterly sets the story of the past in the frame of the present. Four times a year, the editors choose a question current in the headlines--foreign war, financial panic, the whereabouts of God--and bring answers to it from authors whose powers of observation and expression have passed the test of time. Drawing on sources ranging from the ancient world to last month's New Yorker, the editors reconstruct the backstory to today's events, which are rarely afforded any opportunity for real context in the modern media. The book lists picked by our curators are as follows...

Picked by Caribou -

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto - Stewart Brand (picked by Ryan)
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace (picked by Dan)
Independent People - Halldor Laxness (picked by Brad)
City Of Quartz - Mike Davis (picked by John)

Picked by Battles -

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs - Chuck Klosterman
Decoded - Jay-Z
Puppetry of the Penis; The Ancient Australian art of Genital Origami - Simon Morley & David Friend
The Toon - Roger Hutchinson
Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

Picked by Les Savy Fav -

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy (picked by Andrew)
Love In The Ruins - Walker Percy (picked by Harrison)
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris (picked by Syd)
Tree Of Smoke - Denis Johnson (picked by Seth)
Sixty Stories - Donald Barthelme (picked by Tim)

Lapham's Quarterly will run discussions on Visit From The Goon Squad and Blood Meridian on Saturday 10th December and on City Of Quartz on Sunday 11th December. To sign up for the discussion or to get more info email For full info on all of the books visit this page.

The festival line-up now looks like this...

Friday 9th December - Curated by Les Savy Fav

Les Savy Fav / Archers Of Loaf / Holy Fuck / Hot Snakes / No Age / The Dodos / Marnie Stern / Wild Flag / Oxes / Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set) / Surfer Blood / Total Control / Violent Soho / Future Islands / The Budos Band

Saturday 10th December - Curated by Battles

Battles / Flying Lotus / Gary Numan / Bitch Magnet / The Field / Washed Out / The Psychic Paramount / Cults / Thank You / Nisennenmondai / Walls (live) / Phil Manley Life Coach / Underground Resistance presents Interstellar Fugitives / Dead Rider / Matias Aguayo

Sunday 11th December - Curated by Caribou

Caribou Vibration Ensemble / Pharoah Sanders / The Ex with Getatchew Mekurya / Junior Boys / Omar Souleyman / Sun Ra Arkestra / Factory Floor / Four Tet / Theo Parrish (4 Hour DJ Set) / Toro Y Moi / Orchestra Of Spheres / Silver Apples / Roll The Dice / Connan Mockasin

The event takes place in three indoor stages with a total festival capacity of less than 6000 people. The event also includes DJs, Cinema and much more to be confirmed soon. All tickets include accommodation in private apartments for you and your friends, see 'About The Venue' below for more details. For music, interviews, videos and more from artist playing the event including a free Caribou live album to download, check out the newly launched Nightmare Before Christmas Tumblr!

Tickets for Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Battles, Caribou & Les Savy Fav are priced at £170.00pp for room only and £180.00pp for self catering and are on sale now via this link.

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Butlins, Minehead looks out across a superb sandy beach. The site is equipped with a supermarket, newsagent, cash points and restaurants. Onsite facilities include a cinema, Splash Water World - a sub-tropical environment that has a huge wave pool, a swimming pool, 3 flumes and also a flume based raft ride - Ten-pin bowling and amusement arcade. Sports include Archery, Football, Basketball, Darts, Petanque, Fencing, Kwik Cricket, Netball, Rounders, Table Tennis, Outdoor Bowls and Crazy Golf.

Under 18s, children and babies are welcome at ATP, please see the FAQ section of our website for more details.

Room Only accommodation is available in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 berths and offers either double, single or bunk beds with private bathroom and TV, but no kitchen facilities or lounge, more like a hotel room. (£170 + booking fee per ticket per person)

Self Catering accommodation is available in 4, 6 and 7 berths and offers private bathroom, full kitchen facilities and separate lounge area with TV. (£180 + booking fee per ticket per person)


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