Release The Bats: ATP Does Halloween
News posted Tuesday, March 19 2013 at 09:00 PM.
Related: ATP, The Scientists, Release The Bats, The Breeders, The Jesus Lizard.
It took four years for All Tomorrow’s Parties to make its return to Australia, but following the success of the two day “I’ll Be Your Mirror” event in February, the festival has announced it’ll be back in Melbourne this October for a special Halloween party.
Headlined by The Breeders celebrating the 20th anniversary of Last Splash by playing the album in full, Release the Bats will also feature The Jesus Lizard on their first visit to Australia since 1996, Australian punk icons The Scientists, noise rock duo Lightning Bolt, stoner doom-metal heroes Sleep and Fuck Buttons. The final lineup is expected to feature around 14 acts.
ATP will once again be taking over the Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star Receptions complex in Altona in Melbourne’s inner-west for the party. Like the event last month, there’ll be two stages, a cinema, art exhibition, a food court and nude artist “Pricasso” painting special Halloween portraits in his own inimitable style.
To encourage fans to dress up, ATP will be offering prizes for the best costumes, suggesting that punters should take inspiration from one of the bands playing, or their album artwork. While Halloween isn’t really an Australian tradition, ATP founder Barry Hogan told M+N sister site FL he expects to see the bands and fans dressed up. “Goths dressed up walking around Altona listening to Jesus Lizard,” he laughed. “On paper it might look kind of crazy but it works.” We can’t wait to find ourselves in Altona surrounded by strange men dressed as reptilian gods, lightning bolts and fucked buttons.
It’ll all kick off at midday on Saturday, October 26, with tickets limited to just 5000 well-dressed punters. The party will run until 1am (although the headliners will ﬁnish by 11pm, so don’t worry too much about being stranded in Altona.) Tickets are $150 (+ booking fee) and go on sale March 20 from ATP’s website.
The full interview with Barry Hogan, which includes his plans for further ATP events in Australia, will be published on FL tomorrow. Full first-round line-up below.
RELEASE THE BATS
The Breeders performing Last Splash (only Victorian show)
The Jesus Lizard (only Victorian show)
The UV Race
The Spinning Rooms
+ more to be announced