Sydney Festival and ATP today announced that the renowned All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival is coming to Sydney Harbour’s Cockatoo Island as part of Sydney Festival 2009. All Tomorrow’s Parties will be headlined and curated by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
Named after the Velvet Underground song and described as the “ultimate mix tape”, All Tomorrow’s Parties is a boutique festival that goes against the grain of the larger, more commercial music festivals. Each new All Tomorrow’s Parties invites an artist or band to headline and then handpick their favourite performers to play at the festival.
For Sydney Festival 2009, All Tomorrow’s Parties will present a one day program on Saturday January 17, which will then repeated on January 18. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ All Tomorrow’s Parties will feature special guests, The Saints – featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay - and include performances by seminal international artists including Spiritualized, James Blood Ulmer, Harmonia, Silver Apples, Fuck Buttons, Afrirampo and Michael Gira alongside Australians Laughing Clowns, Robert Forster, Bridezilla & The Necks.
Cockatoo Island is Sydney Harbour’s largest island and has been a former prison, reformatory for wayward girls and a shipbuilding yard. The industrial and maritime landscape together with the picturesque backdrop of Sydney Harbour make this urban island the perfect setting for this unique event.
All Tomorrow’s Parties began in the UK in 1999 and has since expanded to the USA, a record label, and a concert series in London.
The full line-up for All Tomorrow’s Parties at Cockatoo Island will be announced on November 5, along with the Sydney Festival 2009 program. The event is strictly 18+. Tickets will be on sale on Monday November 10 at 9.00am from Sydney Festival www.sydneyfestival.org.au - 9007 0007 and Ticketek www.ticketek.com.au - 1300 888 412.