ATP Moves Asbury Park Festival to Manhattan, Now Comes With Views of Brooklyn

07/13/2012 12:21 PM |


All Tomorrow’s Parties announced today that the Greg Dulli-curated I’ll Be Your Mirror installment is moving from Asbury Park in New Jersey to Manhattan. What’s that saying about the Jerz? It’s the armpit or something? The state everyone loves to hate? (Aw, we kid, we kid.) According to ATP’s official statement, the shift in location is purely “due to logistical reasons,” including lack of hotels in the Asbury Park area.

The change finds the festival setting up camp at Pier 36, a new indoor venue situated between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges where patrons are able to take advantage of views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty, and an obvious abundance of cheap hotels. ATP intended it to become the new home to their East Coast arm starting next summer but, you know, stuff happens.

As such, a handful of artists—Louis CK, Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor—have dropped off the bill, citing they’re unable to play in Manhattan (we assume an interference with radius clauses?). A block of new additions, also announced today, more than makes up for it, though. Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, 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 are set to join the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Antlers, The Roots, Thee Oh Sees and others previously announced, with more to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Anyone unable to attend due to the venue change will be able to request a full refund… but don’t. You should still go. We still anticipate it will be one of the best festivals of the season—full of peculiar and wonderful indie-rock-camp-playground-vibes—even sans the summer getaway.