Autumn 2012 has just got a little bit more exciting for fans of the annual All Tomorrow's Parties gatherings - The Nightmare Before Christmas, which usually precedes the ATP weekender by a week or so, has now been confirmed. The lights are green, the launch has been initiated and it's all systems go for another eclectic smorgasbord of internationally-acclaimed and adored acts that probably wouldn't be seen anywhere near Later With Jools Holland, yet at the same time aren't so obscure they wouldn't sit comfortably on a BBC 6Music playlist or in a copy of Uncut or The Word.
For this year, from 30th November to 2nd December 2012, ATP are welcoming back a band who are no strangers to its audience - Shellac of North America (to give them their full name). The noise-rock trio formed of Big Black and alternative rock-producing legend Steve Albini, bassist and Volcano Suns thunderthumbs Bob Weston and Brick Layer Cake's alter-ego drummer Todd Trainer will be picking another 30-plus bands to perform at the original site where they last curated ATP, some 10 years ago.
None of the line-up has been confirmed, apart from Shellac themselves, but you can purchase rare Early Bird tickets for the 2012 ATP - The Nightmare Before Christmas at Pontins on Camber Sands from 10am Friday 15th June. The Early Bird offer will only run for 7 days OR until the initial tickets run out - the discount works out at around 10% off per person, saving you up to £70 per chalet! There will also be a deposit scheme, as well as the usual choice of chalet sizes at various prices, including discounted Family Tickets priced at £460 (instead of £720)
So email your mates now and commit yourself and them to a cracking weekend from 30th November to 2nd December near Rye in Sussex. You might also want to favourite this page in order to keep track of any announcements in the coming months (you can also view our Festival Guide for details of all other similar events).