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The ethos behind All Tomorrow's Parties is a truly unique one. In choosing a band to curate each festival, this year Australian lo-fi group The Dirty Three, the organisers can guarantee a festival like no other. Held at the Butlin's Holiday Centre in Minehead, ATP is a must for indie and alternative music fans. Plus, with chalets to camp out in instead of a muddy field, the risk of bad weather becomes blissfully unimportant. See www.atpfestival.com/ for further info.
Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is the lead singer of The Bad Seeds. Nick's music is mostly dark, introspective material with a magnetic allure, and emotional surrender to venomous black humour engaging a wide range of themes.
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The Dirty Three
Atmospheric, haunting melodies from this Australian group. Hailed as the finest Antipodean three-piece since The Dead C and having toured globally with acts as diverse as Nick Cave, the Beastie Boys, John Cale, Pavement and Henry Rollins, the Dirty Three are viewed as 'exceptional in many respects. An instrumental, violin-led trio who are lauded by the music intelligentsia but who embody the primitive appeal of rock'n'roll unlike any other' BELLAUNION.com
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American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota. Formed in 1994 Low scored two entries in NME's top 50 albums in 1999. Their music is commonly described as 'slowcore', a subgenre characterised by slow tempos and minimalist arrangements - very reminiscent of Joy Division in their utter soulfulness. They have also worked with noisenik Steve Albini.
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The Drones (Australia)
Formed in Melbourne as a four piece in early 2000, The Drones are one of Australian rock's most critically acclaimed acts. Their sound has been described as a car crash inside a washing machine; sometimes chaotic and stern, sometimes melodic and joyful.
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Tara Jane O'Neil
American singer-songwriter and ex member of Sonora Pine, Retsin and Rodan, with a downbeat and stark style influenced by minimalism and folk. Tara Jane ONeil is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and visual artist. She creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with her brilliant friends. Her recordings and live performances range from solo songing to noise improvisations. TJO has composed and performed music and sound for films, theater and dance performances, and written large and small ensemble experimental architectures.
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