All Tomorrow's Parties: Bowlie 2 - Butlin’s Minehead, Somerset, Fri 10-Sun 12 Dec
Ten year anniversary of pioneering chalet-based holiday camp festival
Ten years after pioneering the chalet-based holiday camp festival with their Bowlie Weekender, Belle & Sebastian have returned to the scene (not literally, because it’s now in Somerset) of one of their greatest creations with this decade-on celebration of Bowlie’s multinational descendant All Tomorrow’s Parties. As part of the privilege they got to curate a line-up of their favourite bands, with three decades’ worth of Scottish artists and friends represented.
Highlights were too many to mention: ‘secret band’ Franz Ferdinand turning up for a riotous set which featured a cover of The Sonics’ ‘The Witch’; the same band’s Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, Teenage Fanclub and The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman joining Edwyn Collins for an emotional set of Orange Juice classics; Frances and Eugene Vaselines’ fantastically filthy stage banter; Julian Cope dedicating his entire set to the protesters who invaded Millbank; such currently celebrated artists as Foals and Crystal Castles sharing a bill with Glasgow acts who deserve a wider audience like Zoey Van Goey and Peter Parker; and the Belles themselves of course, resurgent and note-perfect on Saturday night. The only shame, noted Murdoch, is that he couldn’t talk The Sundays into it.