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December 7th, 2011 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music News

The Afghan Whigs to Reunite!

Famed Cincinnati rockers to play first shows in 13 years at U.K. and U.S. festivals

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aw_photocredit_dannyclinchThe Afghan Whigs (Photo: Danny Clinch)

As people were busy contemplating the chance of the original Guns N’ Roses reteaming for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction early next year, news came down that a Cincinnati Entertainment Awards "Hall of Fame" band (and one beloved, influential and respected worldwide) will definitely be reuniting in 2012. The Afghan Whigs will play their first show in 13 years on May 27, 2012, in London for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival offshoot, I'll Be Your Mirror. The band will also perform a headlining show at I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012, playing the fest Sept. 22 in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets go on sale in early January. On the downside (for Ohio Rock fans), the Whigs replace Guided By Voices at the September show; according to the IBYM release, GBV has broken up (again) and canceled all 2012 dates (despite being on track to release an album of new material early next year). Check out the full press release below. UPDATE: GBV, according to their publicists, have NOT broken up (again); they have merely canceled a few shows.



All Tomorrow's Parties Confirm Reformation Of
THE AFGHAN WHIGS + Many More New Additions For
I'll Be Your Mirror, 25th-27th May 2012 At London's Alexandra Palace

THE AFGHAN WHIGS Also Set To Headline
I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 In Asbury Park, New Jersey
On September 22nd
Tickets To Go On Sale Early January 2012

On the weekend of the 25th-27th May 2012 at Alexandra Palace, London, All Tomorrow's Parties present the second UK I'll Be Your Mirror event. Tickets are on sale now via ATPFestival.com. Sunday headliners Guided By Voices have cancelled due to the band breaking up (more info below) - today ATP announce a very special replacement headliner as well as more line-up additions...
 
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.
 
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli. Tickets & accommodation for the three day event running September 21st-23rd will go on sale in early January 2012 when the start of the fantastic line-up will also be announced - fans can sign up now to receive info about a pre-sale via www.atpfestival.com/events/ibymusa2012.php

We also have other confirmations for all three days of the London festival. The event starts on Friday 25th May when the incomparable SLAYER will present their undisputed classic Reign In Blood live in it's entirety during their headline set to celebrate it's 25th anniversary. They're joined by the previously announced SLEEP and MELVINS, and today we can add black metal heroes WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and a rare performance from Oregon doom metal group YOB.

On Saturday 26th May, the first ever ATP festival curators MOGWAI will return to headline, and to curate the rest of the day's line-up - this will be their only show in England in 2012. Alongside their first choices MUDHONEY and reformed slow-core heroes CODEINE we are now very happy to add one of the greatest live bands on the planet DIRTY THREE who will return in 2012 to release a new album. Also returning for their first UK date since reforming last year are cult alt rock band CHAVEZ (feat. Matt Sweeney) and we can also a rare show from FLOOR (feat. members of Torche).
 
On Sunday 27th May, as well as our new headliners THE AFGHAN WHIGS, we can also add much loved and recently reformed American indie-rock group ARCHERS OF LOAF, and ATP will also be presenting the cream of new musical talent with shows from the wonderful DEMDIKE STARE, and Canadian psych-folk group SISKIYOU. As previously announced YUCK will also perform on Sunday, with much more to be confirmed.

Here is the current run-down of the line-up with far more to be confirmed, see below for more details on the event...
 
Friday 25th May - curated by ATP

SLAYER performing Reign In Blood
SLEEP
MELVINS
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
YOB
+ more tbc

Saturday 26th May - curated by Mogwai

MOGWAI
DIRTY THREE
CODEINE
MUDHONEY
CHAVEZ
FLOOR
+ more tbc

Sunday 27th May - curated by ATP

THE AFGHAN WHIGS
ARCHERS OF LOAF
YUCK
DEMDIKE STARE
SISKIYOU
+ more tbc
 
Guided By Voices Cancellation: We're very sad to announce the disappointing news that Guided By Voices will no longer play on the Sunday of the event. The band are breaking up and have canceled all 2012 live appearances. Those of you who bought Sunday Day tickets for this event are invited to claim a refund if you no longer want to attend. Please contact your ticket agency before the end of January to do so. Once again we're very sorry to be the bearers of this bad news and sorry to those of you who it has inconvenienced.
 
Acting as sister events to the world famous ATP Festivals which usually take place in holiday resorts, and named after the b-side to The Velvet Underground's original All Tomorrow's Parties 7" single, I'll Be Your Mirror is a series of artist curated music, film and art events taking place in cities worldwide. Last year's debut London event was curated by Portishead & ATP, featured amazing performances from acts including PJ Harvey, Grinderman, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Company Flow, and was widely acclaimed:

"As an attempt to recolonise the space with the spirit of rock and roll, the inaugural "I'll Be Your Mirror" festival can be considered a resounding success." - Sunday Telegraph

"I'll Be Your Mirror was a pure triumph." - Stool Pigeon

"Like a cooler Meltdown festival." - Evening Standard

"The UK festival season may be sated but there is room for a new addition as rich as this." - The Guardian

The Great Hall of Alexandra Palace has played host to a history of special acts and events - Led Zeppelin in 1972, New Order, the Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Pixies, the Grateful Dead and the epic 1967 kaleidoscopic rave ‘The Technicolour Dream’ which featured Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things & The Move, and now it’s the turn of I’ll Be Your Mirror to be added to the venue’s list of historical moments, in what promises to be an unparalleled weekend of the best music, art and film in the Capital.
Friday-Sunday Weekend Tickets cost £130. Friday Day Tickets are priced at £39. Saturday and Sunday Day Tickets are priced at £59.

Many stunning artists, DJs and other activities are to be confirmed for the event in the coming months! Across the weekend ATP are bringing to the venue a cinema, food vendors, adding extra bars (including some cash bars) and toilets and also putting on shuttle buses from Wood Green (the closest tube station) to the venue and back. Friday runs from 4pm-11pm. On Saturday and Sunday doors will open at midday, with the event finishing at 1am. Headliners will finish by 11pm both nights. For a constant stream of music, interviews, videos and more from artists playing the event, make sure to follow the I'll Be Your Mirror London 2012 Tumblr blog!

               Tickets are on sale via ATPFestival.com now!
              
www.atpfestival.com
www.illbeyourmirror.com
www.facebook.com/atpfestival
www.twitter.com/atpfestival

ATP History:

"Perfect 10...indisputably the defining symbol of alternative sonic culture in the UK." - The Independent

All Tomorrow's Parties has been promoting festivals and concerts throughout the world for the last ten years. It was founded in the wake of Belle and Sebastian’s Bowlie Weekender, with Mogwai curating in the unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands. Since then the festival has appeared every year and has expanded across the globe continuing to set itself apart from large scale corporate festivals by staying intimate and fan-friendly. The line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists which results in eclectic events that combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. The festival has become more successful with every passing year, and ATP events have taken place in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, with past curators including Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton, My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, Sonic Youth, Slint, and Tortoise. In 2011 ATP launched a new series of curated city-based events called I'll Be Your Mirror, starting in Tokyo in February, London in July and Asbury Park, New Jersey in September.

For ten years ATP has set itself apart from other festivals by embracing seemingly disparate artistic genres, with events featuring art exhibitions, cinema programmes, spoken word performances and stand up comedy. It's been called 'Unforgettable' by Spin and 'the most enjoyable festival experience of our reporter's life' by Pitchfork. It has spawned an acclaimed concert series (Don't Look Back), a record label (ATP Recordings), and the release of a feature length documentary about the festivals from Warp X, titled All Tomorrow’s Parties, out now on DVD. For more information and the trailer visit www.ourtrueintent.com




 
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