All Tomorrow's Parties, the cult festival franchise that launched in the UK a few years back and is known for eclectic lineups curated by some of the most interesting musical acts in the world, is coming to Australia in January.
Curated by (who else?) Nick Cave (in my mind one of the greatest artists in the world today), the festival visits three states and takes a different form in each one. Melbourne gets a full blown two day affair with camping at Mt Buller, Brisbane gets a mini afternoon/evening festival at the Riverstage, and a series of concerts, and Sydney gets two one day festivals (each with the same lineup, on consecutive days) on Cockatoo Island, which seems like an awesome place to watch bands.
As the curator, Nick Cave has handed himself and his Bad Seeds, the headline slot, and before him comes a bunch of really interesting and innovative acts, including the excellent Spiritualized, and others, most of which sit a long way outside the mainstream. Full lineups and details here.
It's a bold and exciting festival for Australia, bringing some great bands to brillant settings and offering what is sure to be a totally different experience to that offered by Big Day Out.