Indie rock’s white whale, Jeff Mangum, is playing this year’s ATP Festival in Asbury, New Jersey in September. The three-day festival, called I’ll Be Your Mirror, is curated by Portishead and will feature the Neutral Milk Hotel frontman on Friday and Portishead on either Saturday or Sunday. This year the festival moves from upstate New York to the Jersey Shore. Because when you think Jersey Shore, you immediately think fuzzy, eccentric indie folk and brooding, ice-cold trip-hop. Or you think Springsteen.
Ticket options are a little tricky. You can buy single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but you can only see Mangum on Friday if you buy a three-day pass. With the three-day pass you also choose to see Portishead on either Saturday or Sunday. Mangum will play a separate $35 dollar headlining show on Monday. So far the other Friday acts are Shellac, Chavez, The Album Leaf, and Cults, and ATP promises 10-15 acts each night, so more announcements are coming. Three-day passes are $249, hotel, transportation, and other info at ATPFestival.com. Book your hotel before you have to hit Craigslist for a house share.
It also sounds like you may have more chances to see Mangum. According to Pitchfork, who spoke to Mangum’s rep Ben Goldberg, he’s planning some US and European shows for the fall.