As Belinda Carlisle once sang, “Ooooooh heaven is a place on Earth.” And on October 26, 2013, that exact place will be the Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star Reception in Altona (near Melbourne), Australia, when ATP’s Release the Bats Halloween party will take over for a night of mayhem and magick. Headlined by The Jesus Lizard and The Breeders (who’ll be performing Last Splash in its entirety), the festival recently got a dose of awesomeness when ATP announced the addition of a few oh-so-special performers.
Television! Performing Marquee Moon! In — you guessed it — its entirety! Creepy dude Balam Acab! And Pop Crimes, a group of all-star performers assembled by Mick Harvey to pay tribute to the too-recently-departed Rowland S. Howard. The group, featuring friends, fam, and collaborators, will cover Howard’s various musical endeavors, including Young Charlatans, The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, and his solo albums.
Also on deck for this shindig are The Scientists, Fuck Buttons, Lightning Bolt, Sleep, Forest Swords, Hoss, Total Control, White Walls, The Spinning Rooms, and The UV Race. Plus the always tantalizing and mysterious “more to come.” Also, there is a costume contest! A COSTUME CONTEST. Plus a cinema, two stages, art stuff, and a food court. Whatever. Costumes! Ready the fake blood and fright wigs!
• ATP’s Release the Bats: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/releasethebatsmelbourne.php