US filmmaker and composer John Carpenter will play many of his best-known songs along with music from his new album Lost Themes at the 2016 ATP Iceland music festival, as announced today. This will be the first time that Carpenter performs his music publicly.
“We are incredibly honored to present the first ever show by this legendary filmmaker and composer,” founder of ATP Barry Hogan said in a press release.
“Having had the opportunity to present the maestro Ennio Morricone twice in recent years, it has been a burning ambition of ours to also present John Carpenter, who is both a pioneer and a huge influence on us and so many great musicians and filmmakers that we work with,” he added.
Carpenter has both written music for his own films and others. Some of his best known scores were written for the movies Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988).
In February 2015 Carpenter released his first studio album, Lost Themes, with Sacred Bones Records. The album has been praised by critics and has appeared in charts in the UK and US.
Carpenter recorded the album with his son Cory Carpenter and Daniel Davies, both of whom will perform on stage with him in Iceland.
ATP Iceland 2016 will take place at the defunct US Naval Air Station at Ásbrú by Keflavík in early July; the lineup will be announced later.
In addition to concerts, selected films will be screened during the festival, DJs will perform and a PopQuiz will be held, among other events.
Previous headliners include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Portishead, Iggy Pop, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Public Enemy.