It's a mish-mash of alternative music which in the past has been curated by bands such as Shellac, The Breeders, Mogwai, Tortoise and of course, the fans. Not only is there superb music but it's held at Butlins!
The best thing about it for me is being able to go for a swim and bomb down the flumes, come out in your swimmies and go see a band!
Forget slumming it and dealing with dodgy port-a-loos, you stay in your own chalet (private bathroom included) so a party or good night's sleep is on the cards every night, whatever your preference.
Games of five-a-side football on the adjacent beach at 4am are always a blast and if you're more of a crazy golfer you can always find something to do.
Not only does this festival have some of the best music available but it's complimented beautifully by ATP's own TV channel showing films such as Dig, The Fearless Freaks and Achorman as well as series like Peep Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
I've been going for the past three years and every year i've persuaded more and more friends to come. If you do make it down I only hope you're lucky enough to meet the crazy Swedes we've met every year for a singstar showdown!
Held in the UK at Butlins Minehead or Cambersands. Also have festivals in Oz and New York.
Rather a gentle old-fashioned seaside resort; the magnificent hills of Exmoor sweep up directly behind the town. The vast Butlin's camp is more or less invisible from most other vantage points.
Beaches are shallow and muddy, with a huge tidal range; I can't recommend them for anything. We camped a few miles along the coast at Blue Anchor Bay, which also has little to recommend it (except for the picture-postcard steam trains of the West Somerset Railway, which pointlessly and uselessly goes almost all of the way into Taunton) - and more muddy beaches.
The nearby Quantocks are great for walking and more fantastic sea views where the line of steep hills hit the coast.
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