ATP Becomes I’ll Be Your Mirror for NJ Fest


Event will feature Portishead
and Neutral Milk Hotel recluse Jeff Mangum.


By Blurt Staff


It’s called I’ll Be Your Mirror (after the Velvets song,
duh) and it’s described as a “sister event to the All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals
which take place in holiday resorts, retaining the curatorial and multiple band
and film concept but taking place in cities worldwide.” This brand new series
of “artist curated music, film and art events” previously announced a Tokyo I’ll
Be Your Mirror for Feb. 27 (that one curated by the ATP folks and featuring
Godspeed! You Black Emperor, the Boredoms and Dirty Three, among others) and one
for London on
July 23 and 24 (curated by Portishead and boasting headliners PJ Harvey and


Now comes an IBYM for Asbury
Park, NJ, at the
Convention Hall and Paramount Theater, on Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2: co-curated by
Portishead and ATP, they have just announced that Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff
Mangum will be their “very special guest.” Mangum, of course, has been
virtually invisible since the late ‘90s other than an appearance in NYC last
May; he’s scheduled to play an additional show at the Paramount the day after the festival. Also
lined up, with 10-15 more to be announced: Shellac, Album Leaf, Chavez and
Cults. And of course this will be the first time in well over a decade that Portishead
had played the region; they performed at Coachella in 2008. The Friday night
show will also feature a comedy stage.


According to a report yesterday in the New York Times, the 3-day New Jersey IBYM is intended to
effectively replace the annual All Tomorrow’s Parties festival held at Kutsher’s
Country Club up in the Catskills in Monticello,
NY, and unlike ATP, there will be no on-site camping. (Go here to read our
report on the 2010 ATP.) The report quotes ATP-US organizers Barry Hogan and
Deborah Kee Higgins as citing economic factors (the overall capacity in Asbury Park will be
highter) and the physical condition of Kutshers, Higgns saying, “It was
deteriorating into a state where it wasn’t kitschy and funny anymore. It was a
little bit beyond the pale.”


Tickets go on sale this Friday – consult the ATP website for
details, and note that the 3-day passes are limited and tend to sell out pretty






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