The Afghan Whigs, the Roots, the Antlers + More to Headline ATP USA 2012
Launched in 2010 as a roving satellite offshoot of the UK’s popular All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, I’ll Be Your Mirror has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated live indie music events of the year — and the U.S. lineup for 2012 is no different, boasting appearances by the Roots, the Antlers, Dirty Three, Sharon Van Etten, and the reunited Afghan Whigs.
It’s no accident that the Whigs are performing at this year’s I’ll Be Your Mirror, which is being held in Asbury Park, New Jersey between Sept. 21-23. In step with festival tradition, the lineup was curated by a musician — and this year, curating duties fell to former/current Afghan Whig Greg Dulli. The Whigs reunion, which comes after a 13-year hiatus, is huge news for fans who ardently followed the group during its ’90s heyday, and who assumed the band was done for good.
During a recent interview with Spin, Dulli sounded excited about the reunion, saying “the hair on the back of my neck stood up” during the band’s first rehearsal. “I found it to be a transcendent experience,” he admitted. “I felt deeply connected to the material, and I think that bodes well for the performances.”
He cautioned that fans shouldn’t expect new material from the band, however. “We have no plans of going any further than what we’ve already done as far as recording,” he insisted. “Our main goal is to celebrate what we did and enjoy each other’s company. That’s it.”
Aside from reliving their alt-rockingest memories of the ’90s with the Afghan Whigs, festivalgoers can look forward to sets from an eclectic batch of performers, including:
- The Roots
- Louis C.K.
- The Make-Up
- Jose Gonzalez
- Hot Snakes
- The Dirtbombs
- Thee Oh Sees
- Sharon Van Etten
- Quintron and Miss
- Charles Bradley and the Extraordinaires
- Reigning Sound
- The Magic Band
- Factory Floor
- Death Grips
- I Break Horses
Tickets are on sale now at a reduced “early bird” price, so if you’re planning on being in the Asbury Park area in late September, don’t wait to place your order.