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New acts are added to Camden Rocks as line-up grows into a two-day festival featuring the likes of New Model Army, Hurricane #1 and Angelic Upstarts

21 March, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Angelic Upstarts are among the acts set to perform at this year’s Camden Rocks festival

IT seems inevitable that, now that Camden Rocks has grown into a two-day, 400-band, 3,000-musician monster of a festival, we will have been inundated with updates of latest band announcements – although, with 270 names already revealed, and just over 10 weeks to go until the weekend of June 1-2, we have many more to look forward to.

So, it is just about time to give an update as to the festival’s progress and the succession of bands that have been added to the line-up in recent months. While the Roundhouse is not involved and, unlike previous years, Koko will be out of the picture due to its multimillion-pound refurbishment, we still have the Electric Ballroom and Dingwalls for the bigger capacity acts.

And, in many ways, it is more in keeping with Camden Rocks that the gigs – one wristband to rule them all – are held across 20 of Camden’s many medium and smaller venues, putting you right in the face (and the sweat) of the talent.

If ever there was an excuse to support up-and-coming bands and live music venues, this is it. It’s opportunity to see up close the grit, determination and relentless hope of smaller bands aiming to make it big, and witness some of the better-known acts in a more intimate environment. And, as this is a fast-moving multi-gig event with smaller production values, you get to see the industry in action, from the roadies working their band-T-shirted butts off to switch kits in between sets, to the artists themselves helping carry their own equipment, hanging out in the bar and generally being at the heart of the live music scene in this country.

Carl Barat

You never know who you may get talking to and where they will end up.

At the same time, this festival has always been about supporting new music and goes out of its way to encourage industry figures to come out and talent-spot. More recent additions to the line-up include: Norfolk alt-rock quartet Deaf Havana, who will headline Sunday; 1970s dub-punk explosion Ruts/Ruts DC, who are celebrating 40 years since the release of album The Crack; northern alt-metal legends Glamour of the Kill; singer-songwriter Seán McGowan; anthemic pop-rock band Luna Bay, and Undead Raisins, featuring Colin and Andy of Hundred Reasons, playing Hundred Reasons.

Other bands recently announced include metal-core rising stars Our Hollow, Our Home, acclaimed Britpop veterans Hurricane #1 and British indie trio Glass Peaks.

New Model Army

Although the festival has traditionally been known for its emphasis on rock, punk and metal, it has diversified over the years and encompasses many genres, including indie, alternative, folk and a myriad of hybrids – a diverse list including the likes of Ash, Richie Ramone, The Wonder Stuff, Rat Boy, New Model Army, Wheatus, Carl Barat, Ginger Wildheart, The Professionals, Milk Teeth, Pretty Vicious, Raging Speedhorn, Angelic Upstarts, The Virginmarys, The Last Internationale and many many more.

As Saturday’s headliner, Frank Turner – a Camden stalwart – says: “I misspent my youth getting the train to London and the tube to Camden as fast as I could, because I knew it was the epicentre of where I wanted to be in life. As an adult I’ve lived in and around Camden, and now I’m at the Camden Rocks Festival. It feels like exactly the right place for me to be, it feels like home. I can’t wait.”

Frank Turner

The rest of the recently announced names include: The Lottery Winners; Strange Bones; Red Rum Club; Orchards; The Liptones; SWORN AMONGST; Glass Peaks; Sulpher; THE CHORDS UK; Modern Error; Brand New Friend; The Collier; KOYO; Beach For Tiger; Selfworth; MYOK; The Garage Flowers; Cellar Door Moon Crow; Building Giants; Colorwave; Dirty Orange; Midwich Cuckoos; Shea Rafferty & Band and TVVINNS.

For further information on Camden Rocks Festival, the full line-up so far and to see the day split, visit www.camdenrocksfestival.com


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