This year’s American version of the ATP Festival isn’t canceled or anything, but from the looks of things, the festival won’t be quite as much fun as it once promised to be. This year’s Afghan Whigs-curated I’ll Be Your Mirror fest, like last year’s, was originally slated to go down in Asbury Park, New Jersey, a seaside town that made for a remarkably pleasant out-of-the-way experience last year. But citing “unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park),” organizers have now moved the festival to Pier 36 in Manhattan. And Louis C.K., once arguably the most exciting name on the bill, has backed out of the show because of “scheduling conflicts.” Fortunately, a few more names have been added.
The biggest of the names added to the bill is a collaboration between Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton. Other additions include Godspeed You! Black Emperor (who were announced a few weeks back), Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, the Album Leaf, the Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare, and DJ Jonathan Toubin. They join a bill that already featured the Afghan Whigs, the Roots, Mark Lanegan, the Antlers, Jose Gonzalez, the Make-Up, Dirty Three, and plenty of others. Organizers promise more names to be announced. Unfortunately, there have also been a few more cancellations: Sharon Van Etten, the Reigning Sound, and Factory Floor.
The event goes down 9/21-23.