ATP curated by The National
Pontins, take heed: you’ve got just four days to recover from Shellac’s takeover, before The National and friends descend on you on the 7th December.
Boasting a bill that covers everything from classical music to Japanese drone metal, the second ATP weekender of December is set to be a typically eclectic affair. Should you have the energy, you can catch Krautrock pioneer Michael Rother perform the works of Neu! and Harmonia, a trio of sets from Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry, and Wild Beasts playing their superb album Smother in its entirety. And then there’s a headline set from The National, of course, which might just feature material destined for the follow-up to High Violet...
You can check out our top three must-see acts, and preview and download music from the other performers below.
Top three must-sees
From the arresting quiet/loud dynamics on the heartbreaking Hospice, to the hypnotic melancholia of Burst Apart, right up to the horn-flecked, sub-aquatic tranquility of this year’s Undersea EP, these three Brooklyn boys have spent the past five years amassing a stupendous back catalogue. So stupendous, in fact, that surely the big breakthrough is imminent. Catch them in an intimate setting, while you still can.
Sharon Van Etten
In a little under a year, Sharon Van Etten’s gone from being one of the best-kept secrets on New York's indie-folk scene to being one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters about. Deservedly so: her latest LP, Tramp, was a melodic, melancholic, tour de force, and, as anyone who’s seen her play this year will attest, her dulcet coos are just as spine-tingling live as they are on record. ATP will find her reunited with long-time pals The National and The Antlers, so we imagine there’ll be a few famous faces joining her on-stage at Camber Sands...
And so we go from the breakthrough artist of 2012, to one of our must-watch acts for 2013. At the end of January, LA indie-rockers Local Natives are set to reveal Hummingbird, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut, Gorilla Manor. The album was produced by The National’s frontman, Aaron Dessner, and judging by the beatific swell of swoon-worthy lead single ‘Breakers’, we’re in for a treat. Check out their set to hear the rest of the new material first.