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All Tomorrow's Parties Reviewed: All Hail Matt Groening
The Quietus , May 17th, 2010 06:23

Luke Turner and John Doran raise a glass to Matt Groening and Barry and Deborah at ATP for one of the most enjoyably eclectic festival line-ups they've ever witnessed. All photos by Maria Jefferis, Andy Ennis and Edd Westmacott for


Amadou And Mariam

There's surely never been a culture shock as profound as heading from the post-pop anarchism of the Residents to Amadou & Mariam's performance on the usually unforgiving Pavilion Stage. But that's to be praised, and further evidence that this is one of the boldest, open-minded All Tomorrow's Parties in years. They might have a traditionally western musical set-up (essentially vocals, guitar, drums, bass), but A&M's utter disregard for both genre and national boundary in their music is something spectacular to behold. "Do you feel alright?" they insist on asking from the stage. Given that this entire venue is moving in a way that has never been seen before, the vibrations of a few thousand dancing feet should be enough to let them know that we're more than fine.