Festival season is approaching. On the rock scene, that can mean huge fields packed with fans all angling for a view of one of multiple stages, with tents in the background peddling energy drinks and video games. Not so appealing? For a smaller festival scene, check out the ATP (All Tomorrow’s Parties) Festival in Monticello, about 90 minutes north in the Catskills, over Labor Day Weekend.
The third ATP Festival takes place at Kutscher’s Country Club Sept. 3 to 5. The lineup includes punk gurus Iggy & the Stooges, godfathers of grunge Mudhoney, and noisemakers Sonic Youth among other lesser known, but stellar rock bands. In all, there are over 35 acts, plus late-night DJ sets, comedy and movies. Festival goers can buy passes for a day or for the weekend.
For the festival weary, the good news is the venue’s capacity is just under 3,000. The festival is known as a laid-back event where musicians join the crowds checking out the bands. Reviewers also report no lines or beer shortages. Check it out: www.atpfestival.com or the helpful New York FAQs page.