Godspeed You! Black Emperor returns to curate ATP Nightmare Before XMAS

All Tomorrow’s Parties has a history of pulling off the impossible, like prompting Canadian post-rock Godspeed You! Black Emperor to end its seven year hiatus and return to curate this year’s edition of ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas. (Well, there goes that debate.)

Set to take place from December 3-5 at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, England, the three-day festival will be part one of a two weekend celebration capping of ATP’s 10th anniversary. December 10-12 will see the Belle and Sebastian-curated Bowlie Weekender 2.

In addition to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which will perform on all three nights!, the weekend bill also features Bardo Pond, The Ex, Deerhoof, Tim Hecker, Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), and Scout Niblett. In all, some 40 bands will perform, with additional acts set to be unveiled in the weeks ahead.

Tickets, priced at £165.00 (for room only) and £175.00 (for self catering), will go on sale starting Friday, April 9th via atpfestival.com.

However, if you cannot make it to London, don’t fret. In a posting on its website, Godspeed You! Black Emperor notes that it will also play nine “American towns,” as well a handful of British and European shows. We’ll let you know when those are announced. In the meantime, head on over to the band’s website to read the entire return announcement and why the band will not be fielding any other offers or accepting interviews. Ugh.


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