Back in the day, Greg Dulli’s wailing soul-rock band the Afghan Whigs lent a much-needed air of sex and danger to an alt-rock era dominated by Seattle-style self-flagellating. The band broke up in 2001, but next year, they’ll get back together to headline two big shows for All Tomorrow’s Parties.
First, there’s London’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival, which goes down 5/25-27 at Alexandria Palace. Guided By Voices, the Whigs’ fellow reunited Ohio legends, were slated to headline the festival’s final night, but they’ve canceled all the shows they had scheduled, citing “personal reasons.” The Whigs will replace them, joining a bill that also features Slayer (performing Reign In Blood), Mogwai, Archers Of Loaf, Dirty Three, Sleep, Melvins, Codeine, Thee Oh Sees, Mudhoney, Yuck, Wolves In The Throne Room, Chavez, YOB, Demdike Stare, Floor, Siskiyou, and Balam Acab.
And along with the ATP folks, Whigs frontman Greg Dulli will curate the second I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey; that one takes place 9/21-23. Other than the Whigs, no bands have been announced yet. This year’s Portishead-curated version was a whole hell of a lot of fun, so hopes are high for this next one. Check the ATP site for all the relevant details.