ATP: Possibilising The Impossible

Caribou tells us about curating this year’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

Curating an ATP is made doubly hard by the catalogue of amazing acts who have performed / reformed at ATPs past. As much as possible we wanted to choose a new (to ATP at least) crop. Still, we were able to spot a few holes in their back catalogue. Right at the top of our list - short of curating the dead (Mozart, Biggie Smalls, etc.) - was Pharoah Sanders. We thought he was firmly in the ‘pie in the sky’ camp but ATP have ways of possibilising the impossible.

Completing a triumvirate of septuagenarian-plus saxophone heroes are the Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen and the incendiary Getatchew Mekuria with The Ex. Together they represent a good chunk of my favourite music in the world and I pity anyone who has to take the stage after any of these three. Which probably means us.

I’m not in it for a pissing match of who could collect the oldest/most revered: the relatively unknown Orchestra Of Spheres, who are as far as I know are making the trip over for this for their first shows outside of Australasia, we met at the bottom of a swimming pool in a summer camp in the New Zealish wilderness. Just try not to be transfixed by this free-wheeling amalgamation of Transglobal Disco Outernationalism.

With more column inches I could continue to enthuse - heroes (Theo Parrish, Omar Souleyman), old friends (Four Tet, Junior Boys), newer friends (Toro Y Moi, Factory Floor) and still some of the most exciting additions as yet to be revealed…

I just finished a DJ mix consisting of all the bands playing on our day and listening back to it I can’t quite believe they’re all going to play with us all on the same day. I’ve been waiting all year - hurry up, already.

ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas will take place from 9th - 11th December at Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead.