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Posted: April 24th, 2002, by Simon Minter

I arrived in time to walk through the door and see OXES rocking out, with a high PVC element and an even higher ‘set the tone for a perfect weekend’ element. Truly this was a weekend to remember. Criticisms of ATP I’ve seen so far seem to be based around the premise that this small, independent community thing is in some way inferior to ‘major’ festivals, but everybody – and I mean EVERYBODY – who I spoke to over the weekend, left me thinking “I like this person”. I don’t want to get all emotional, like, and I’m hoping that everyone I spoke to over the weekend wasn’t left thinking “drunken halfwit”, as the weekend for me was equally about the people as well as the music.

That aside, Shellac, huh? One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen – seriously – especially on their Sunday performance which was laser-sharp, super-super-tight and surprisingly humorous. I always imagined Steve Albini to be kind of a nasty guy, but now I think differently. And when, uh, I met him (thanks Marcy, for dragging me over to him) he was FRIENDLY! Even though I must’ve been the fiftieth drunk idiot to want to shake his hand of the hour!

Other highlights: OXES. OXES. OXES. But I don’t want to go on. You can all contact me personally for individualised highlights. Rest assured there were a lot of them.

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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