Festival preview: ATP presents Nightmare Before Christmas
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Though you may have thought the curtains were drawn on 2011’s festival season months ago, there is still the Nightmare Before Christmas to contend with next month. The festival takes place from 9th to 11th December and is part of the series run by record label All Tomorrow’s Parties. The Nightmare edition offers music fans one last festive hurrah of the year, warmly held within the comfortable confines of the Butlins holiday camp in Minehead (Somerset). Thankfully the site is commandeered by rockers and their fans, in place of the camp’s more traditional redcoat entertainers. Guests and bands stay in the chalets on site and are free to roam, interact together (no one counts as a VIP at Nightmare) and use the facilities—including the swimming pool, cinema, bowling alley and fun fair—as they see fit. Extending the ATP tradition of guest curators even further, this year’s Nightmare features three cult bands each handpicking a day’s worth of bands for the line-up. This format gives each day of the weekend a distinct flavour and, if past ATP events are anything to go by, it should help to serve up strange and exotic collaborations and guest spots throughout the festival.
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