Festival news: John Carpenter at ATP Iceland 2016
Festival dates: 1 - 3 July 2016
More info: YouTube trailer
ATP is thrilled and delighted to have legendary composer John Carpenter performing live for the first time ever at our ATP Iceland festival in Ásbrú, former NATO base in Keflavík, on July 1st-3rd 2016. ATP’s Barry Hogan adds, 'We are incredibly honoured to present the first ever show by this legendary film-maker and composer. Having had the opportunity to present the maestro Ennio Morricone twice in recent years, it has been a burning ambition of ours to also present John Carpenter, who is both a pioneer and a huge influence on us and so many great musicians and film-makers that we work with. You'd be fucking crazy to miss this.'
John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in movies he’s both directed and scored, such as Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13
(1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988) to name a few.
The themes that drive them can be stripped to a few coldly repeating notes, take on the electrifying thunder of a rock concert, or submerge themselves into exotic, unholy miasmas. It’s work that instantly floods his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung-fu fighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell.
Composers before him had used minimalism to create terror, whether it was two piano notes for a killer shark or the stabbing strings of a mother-obsessed psychopath, but it was Halloween’s brilliantly interwoven synth melodies that truly took genre scoring to a new, more sinister level.
In February 2015, John Carpenter released his first solo record of non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes, on Sacred Bones Records, to overwhelming critical success. Recorded with his son Cody Carpenter, and his godson Daniel Davies, The Horror Master proved that not only could he perfectly score his own films — he could also score the movies in your mind. Lost Themes debuted on both the US and UK top 100 charts and garnered extensive and glowing coverage in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Times (UK), Uncut, The Wire, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Pitchfork, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Artforum, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and countless other music, horror and lifestyle magazines. Cody and Daniel will be joining Mr. Carpenter for this show in addition to a full live band and spectacular stage production.
ATP Iceland will be held at Ásbrú, the former NATO base in Keflavík, Iceland. The former NATO base dates back to 1941 and the last US military personnel left in 2006. The site is located only 5 minutes away from Iceland's main international airport, 15 minutes from the famous Blue Lagoon and 30 minutes from Reykjavík. The festival site will host two indoor stages and a cinema with films picked by ATP and the bands, as well as the usual ATP extracurricular activities like DJs, Pop Quiz and much more.
Adult tickets to ATP Iceland are €127.75 and Children’s tickets are €64 incl booking fee. You can buy ATP Iceland tickets here
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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-focused.
The line-ups are often chosen by significant 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 actors Tilda Swinton, Jim Jarmusch, and musicians 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, with events so far taking place in Tokyo, London, Asbury Park New Jersey, New York City and
Melbourne. 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. More about ATP Festival on ATP Festival website
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Press reaction to date
- “Expectations met, exceeded and transcended, it brings the curtain down on this writer’s festival experience, a like-minded mecca in which spectacular weight and sublime restraint went hand-in-hand.” - The Line of Best Fit, July 2015
- "This weekend was without a doubt the best music festival I've ever been to" - KEXP, 2014