The Mars Volta have announced that they will invite Norwegian ten-piece jazz/electronica/prog outfit Jaga Jazzist as their special guests at this year’s All Tommorrow’s Parties festival. The festival is built up around a unique concept which involves major acts inviting favourite bands. The Mars Volta, made up of former members of Texan punk outfit At The Drive-In, have had a banner year so far with the release of the acclaimed ‘Frances the Mute’ album.
Jaga Jazzist are currently touring Europe in support of their latest album ‘What We Must’ released earlier this month on Smalltown Supersound/Ninja Tunes.
The date for this year’s Jaga/Mars combo is set to the 3rd of December and the venue of the night is The Camber Sands Holiday Centre.
ATP was started in 1999 by London concert Promoters Barry Hogan and Helen Cottage of Foundation. The idea behind All Tomorrow's Parties is to invite a curator be that a musician, artist, or writer to choose a selection of bands/performers that reflect their record collection or people that they feel influenced by or connected to. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth perfectly described the ATP Festival as 'the ultimate mix tape'. The ATP Festival is now held at two locations, the first and original being a Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands, on England's south coast and the second being held in Los Angeles, California.
The UK Edition has now been going for 4 years and has had a very diverse range of curators, that include Mogwai (2000), Tortoise (2001), Shellac (2002) and Autechre (2003) who have in turn forced the line-ups to be completely fresh year after year, ensuring that the event re-invents itself rather than be a novelty that wears thin over the course of time.
Previous UK line-ups have included artists such as Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Public Enemy, Kool Keith, Sun Ra Arkestra, Television, lambchop, Bonnie Prince Billy, Smog, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth plus many many more.
In 2001 All Tomorrow's Parties expanded to the hotter and sunnier climate of Los Angeles, California. The event was curated by New York's favourite's Sonic Youth and the line-up boasted an impressive line-up of Aphex Twin, Big Star, The Boredoms, Stereolab, Sleater-Kinney, Cecil Taylor plus others.
The ATP LA project is continuing in Southern California but has been renamed ATP Pacific as the new location is now onboard and off the famous Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, California, which is approximately a 45 minutes, drive from Los Angeles.
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Jaga Jazzist’s latest album ‘What We Must’ can be purchased from the Bleep.com store. Click this link
A recent Pitchforkmedia.com review of the album can be read here
Jaga’s latest video All I know is Tonight can be viewed here