Shellac to Curate ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas - On Sale Friday 10am

Thursday 14th June, 2012


All Tomorrow's Parties announce new festival event:

Nightmare Before Xmas curated by Shellac Of North America
November 30th - 2nd December 2012 at Pontins, Camber Sands, UK

Tickets On Sale Friday 15th June at 10:00am via

All Tomorrow's Parties, who last month announced our return to the festival's original home - the recently refurbished Pontins holiday camp in Camber Sands - now announce a second festival weekend for this December to precede the now sold out weekend curated by The National. Following that event's sell out, Pontins have offered ATP a second weekend and after receiving many emails enquiring about whether we would run one of our traditional Nightmare Before Christmas events, we are very happy to announce the return of SHELLAC OF NORTH AMERICA to headline and curate from the 30th November-2nd December 2012 to help celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. 

SHELLAC curated one of ATP's earliest events 10 years ago this year, at which they introduced the Camber Sands audience to bands including Bonnie Prince Billy, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Smog and Low. As one of the most incendiary live rock bands on the planet, having released four stellar albums and having stunned crowds on every hemisphere, Shellac and ATP's long relationship has often seen them called the festival's House Band, and it gives us great pleasure to bring them back as curators for what is set to be a very exciting line-up, the first artists of which will be announced soon. Shellac Of North America are Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer. 

We look forward to returning to the festival's spiritual birthplace for an incredible weekend - Shellac will headline and choose the rest of the 35 band bill playing across the event on the venue's excellent indoor stages featuring award winning sound, also featuring DJs until late, Cinema and much more! Tickets include accommodation in private apartments for you and your friends - tickets must be booked in groups of 2-7 people. See below for info on Early Bird and Installment tickets... 

Tickets for ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Shellac Of North America are priced at £180 per person for festival entry + accommodation, and go on sale this Friday 15th June at 10am via


We are offering a small amount of early bird tickets at a £10 per person discount (saving up to £70 on a chalet). These will be available from the general on-sale time from and, for one week from the time of initial on-sale or until they run out. 


ATP will run a deposit scheme for the festival to make it easier for some people to pay. We are offering a limited number of 4 berth apartments to be paid for with a deposit upfront, and the remaining amount to be paid by the end of September. Both come with a booking fee of £7.50 per person (£30 per apartment). These apartments will be sold at full price; £180 per person. 

As we will be holding the apartments for you, all deposits will be non-refundable, so please only apply if you are sure you can pay the remaining amount when it is due in September. You will be required to pay both instalments by either Paypal or Cheque. Please email deposit(at) with SHELLAC DEPOSIT in the email subject line if you would like to take part in the deposit scheme. Please include: your name, address, and which payment method you would like to use (paypal or cheque). You will then be given details of how to pay by your chosen method. Chalets will be granted on a first come first served basis and you will need to pay your first deposit within one week of acceptance.


If you booked for the ATP weekend curated by The National and would now like to switch over to the Shellac weekend, please email us for details on how to do so. Conversely, if you would like to join the waiting list to get info on possible future releases of tickets for ATP curated by The National, email the same address with National Waiting List in the subject line. 


The event takes place at Pontins Holiday Camp, East Sussex over three days from, Friday 30th November - Sunday 2nd December 2012. Check in begins on Friday at midday/noon and Check out occurs on Monday morning at 10am sharp. The event is held in a holiday resort so all tickets include a pass to the festival + 3 nights accommodation in private apartments. Each chalet is self-catering and has a small kitchen with cooking/dining utensils included, bathroom with either a shower or bath and of course a sink & toilet. The TV area doubles as a bedroom with a roll out sofa bed, and then there will either be one or two bedrooms with the relevant numbers of beds. Bedding is included in the chalets.

So you basically stay on site in your own private accommodation with your friends for 3 nights and you ALSO get a pass to see all of the bands perform over 3 days, plus bar with DJs until early in the morning, free cinema programme, use of site facilities and much more! Apart from nursing a huge hangover, there is a swimming pool, go-karts which are both free of charge, arcades, a beautiful beach across the road, the local pubs and of course Rye Village where there are some very nice places to eat. Camber Sands is easily accessible via train to Rye (followed by a short bus/taxi ride).

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Under 18s, children and babies are welcome at ATP if accompanied, please see the FAQ section of our website for more details and see below for info on reduced Family Tickets. 


A limited amount of tickets will be available via in 4 Berth Self Catered apartments which allow families to attend together, with tickets for children between ages 5-12 costing £50. Compared to the usual face value cost of this apartment at £720, the family ticket allows two adults & two children to attend for £460 (subject to booking fee). ID must be provided on entry to prove the age of any children attending. 

If your family is of a different size (2 adults and 1 child, or 1 adult and 2 or 3 children, etc) contact us directly at with FAMILY in the subject line and we will arrange for a suitable chalet at the reduced child price, subject to availability. If you would like to attend with a babysitter (who would pay a lower amount for a more limited weekend pass) - please get in touch to arrange it. Under 5s still attend ATP free. If children are in cots (and under the age of 5) they will not need a ticket. 13-17 year olds are able to attend on a regular ticket accompanied by an over 18. Children under 13 will be allowed into venues until 8pm. 


All Tomorrow's Parties has been promoting festivals and concerts throughout the world for the last twelve 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 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton, My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, Sonic Youth, Slint, and Tortoise. In 2011 AT P launched a new series of curated city-based events called I'll Be Your Mirror, with events so far taking place in Tokyo, London and Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

For over 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

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