It seems we won’t be seeing All Tomorrow’s Parties return to Australia anytime soon because they lost “loads of money” last time. The festival debuted in Australia in 2009 with shows at Mt Buller and Cockatoo Island. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds curated and headlined the festival.
Tonight ATP founder Barry Hogan spoke with Melbourne radio station Triple R (Via M&N). The interviewer suggested that if the festival returned to Australia, people would buy tickets, to which Hogan replied:
“Really? Why didn’t they go last time? Where were they? We lost loads of money and they wouldn’t come. And they’re like, “I wish I went to that.” Well, you didn’t – and that’s why we’re not doing it again”.
Considering the current festival climate in Australia it seems unfathomable that the festival would risk returning in the near future, however, they haven’t ruled it out completely. In the same interview Barry’s wife Deborah said:
“It’s never been off the table [returning to Australia], and there’s lots of different ways we thought we’d do it if we come back…but this is all speculative.”
So there you have it: no All Tomorrows Parties Down Under anytime soon. If you do want to send the organisers an email to try and convince them otherwise, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org