For the inaugural Australian series All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) have announced that arguably the most significant Australian export of the last twenty years Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, are to make their curating debut. The Bad Seeds intimate knowledge of all things Australian (music and otherwise) coupled with their innate sense of the weird and wonderful will – we are sure – make for a series of very unique events.
Performers already chosen to appear at All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 include seminal Australian punk band, The Saints – featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay performing their first Australian shows (outside Brisbane) since 1977; British transcendentalists, Spiritualized; avant-blues artist, James Blood Ulmer (US); krautrock supergroup, Harmonia (Germany); electro-terrorists, Fuck Buttons (UK); pioneering synth-minimalists, Silver Apples (UK); psychotic space rockers, Afrirampo (Japan); Ex-Swan M. Gira (USA), the jazz-noir stylings of the Laughing Clowns (Aust), former Go-Between Robert Forster (Aust), the synth-punk of Primitive Calculators: former Birthday Party guitarist, Rowland S. Howard (Aust), post-grunge/noise devotees, The Stabs (Aust), classical-rock teenagers Bridezilla (Aust) & the sublime ambience of The Necks (Aust)
In Queensland, All Tomorrow’s Parties will present a series of one stands between January 12th – 16th at Brisbane arts & culture venue, The Powerhouse. Featured acts will include Fuck Buttons, Afrirampo and Harmonia with more to be announced. In addition to this, ATP will also present a larger afternoon/evening show on January 15th at the picturesque Brisbane Riverstage headlined by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and featuring The Saints – performing “I’m Stranded”, Spiritualized, Robert Forster, James Blood Ulmer and others.
In Victoria, All Tomorrow’s Parties is to be held over two days – January 9th & 10th – in the remote yet easily accessible location of Mt.Buller Ski Resort, some 3 hrs drive from Melbourne City. Punters will have the option to either stay on the mountain in a selection of ski-chalets, lodges or hotels, or down the mountain in nearby Mansfield. Both on-site and off-site fans alike will have the opportunity to enjoy all that Buller offers: a fully serviced township complete with bars, cafes, restaurants, walking trails, bike trails, ski-lifts and a gymnasium plus ATP’s trademark rock ‘n’ roll trivia, cinema and 30+ bands performing over 3 stages.
In NSW, All Tomorrow’s Parties is to be held in conjunction with Sydney Festival on Cockatoo Island over the weekend of January 17th & 18th. In it’s former life, Cockatoo Island has been a prison, a 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. For 2009, All Tomorrow’s Parties (and Sydney Festival) will present a one day program on Saturday January 17th, which will then be repeated on January 18th. There will be three stages – all with amazing views of the harbour and surrounds – a food court (that’s real food – not regular festival mush), undercover bars, outside bars, a Bad Seeds video display, green ‘chill out’ areas, a free ride across the harbour to and from the show plus 20+ Bad Seeds hand picked acts.