It’s a North London takeover next Saturday as pretty much anywhere in Camden big enough for a stage will be putting on various bands as part of a formidable rock billing.
Camden Rocks returns with a mammoth line-up featuring 200 bands across 20 venues ranging from the small and intimate to the significantly larger (and very wonderful) KOKO.
As Rews (Fest Camden, 5.15pm), Shauna Tohill and Collette William have been rocking venues across the UK over the past couple of years. Expect to be impressed at how just two people can make such a raucous sound as they play tracks from their debut album Pyro out earlier this year.
Rews – Miss You In The Dark
London four-piece Dead! (The Hawley Arms, 10.15pm) had to pull out of the Dot to Dot Festival the previous week but will hopefully still be appearing at Camden Rocks. Theirs is a full-on, high-energy sound which – even more importantly – is backed with some cracking tunes.
Dead! – The Golden Age Of Not Even Trying
Norwich-based punks Ducking Punches (The Underworld, 1pm) always strike the right tone with their live shows. With lyrics written from the heart by frontman Dan Allen, seeing and hearing them is life-affirming stuff.
Ducking Punches – Smoking Spot
There’s something truly epic about pretty much everything you hear from Newcastle-born but Brighton-based post-grunge outfit Sick Joy (Fest Camden, 12.15pm). This is a great chance to catch them live ahead of a full UK tour in a city near you during October.
Sick Joy – Stars
Headliners and Sync favourites Maximo Park (KOKO, 9pm) will be topping things off at the festival’s biggest venue. This is a band that has lost none of the urgent energy that helped them make a name for themselves with their 2005 debut LP A Certain Trigger. Expect the usual charismatic performance from frontman Paul Smith complete with trademark moves and resplendent headgear.
Maximo Park – Books From Boxes
Last but not least, Peterborough indie-rockers Airways (Dingwalls Canalside, 9.30pm) will be riding on the wave of their debut EP Starting To Spin when they hit Camden on Saturday. Having cut their teeth with support slots for the likes of Nothing But Thieves, Sunset Sons and The Hunna, they’ll be back out on the road over the summer with several European dates.
Airways – Mate