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All Tomorrows Parties and the Soundtrack Film Festival

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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 13:58 UK time, Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Over the weekend Cardiff hosted another exciting, growing festival that saw the glitterati of the music world in a slightly different context, the Soundtrack Film Festival. Creation Records, Warp Film, John Cale and Gruff Rhys were among those involved, the latter launching an extremely exciting film project called Seperado!, a personal odessey from Gruff as he travels Patagonia. I can't wait for a general release, or at least another showing!

What I did manage to catch as part of the festival was the new film from the ATP festival, simply called All Tomorrow's Parties.

It was a wet and blustery day in Cardiff as I head for the lovely newly redesigned Chapter Arts Centre, and quite reminiscent of my last visit to the ATP festival curated by Mars Volta, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The gaps around the chalet door were so vast, the gale force winds were howling around our ears. It was desolate, cold, dark, menacing and the music from headliners and friends to match.

Forgetting my experience, it's  the community that is the key to ATP, and this film was beautifully edited, stunningly portrayed, musically vast, and perfectly charming. I left feeling elated that there is a document now in existence that explains my life's drive and obsession with music.

In 1999 Belle & Sebastian curated the first Bowlie Weekender, with the idea to celebrate the music, not idolise the stars. ATP continued the tradition, and were at the forefront of truly independent festivals.

"The energy is electric, the dress code student scruff, the vibe as natural as a walk in the park. All Tomorrow's Parties succeed in capturing the fierce and beautiful commitment of everyone involved." Angus Wolf Murray, eyeforfilm.co.uk

See Gary Slaymaker's take on the Soundtrack Film Festival on our Wales Arts blog.


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