No mud, no wellingtons or smelly portaloos. It sounded like my kind of Festival. An amazing selection of 20 venues with more than 200 bands playing an extensive array of genres. Camden Rocks review and photography by Solange Moreira-Yeoell
Luckily it was a sunny day, and by midmorning the Camden area was buzzing with gig goers collecting their wristbands from the heart of Camden venues, The Worlds End Pub by The Underworld. Being difficult – actually quite impossible – to be at every venue, I decide to choose a few and take the day from there.
At The Underworld first on the bill was Sondura, who warmed up the crowd with some heavy, hard rock. Later on I came to check the Newcastle four piece band Boy Jumps Ship, and by then the place was getting quite hot and energetic. I had seen The Blackout several times and always enjoyed watching their lively and fun performance, so I had to try to get into their show, but somehow it proved to be a tough one as the place was full up to the limit and feeling steaming and bouncy as usual. With a bit of body work I managed to get a good spot and be part of the complete madness.
My next venue was a bit further so I had to walk through a very busy high street to get to get to it…cool…I wasn’t only watching amazing bands but getting fit too. I was at Dingwalls in order to see the sisters Jen and Katherine O’Neil from Bleech and what a great show they put on, I wasn’t disappointed.
Being close to The Barfly I popped in to see what the Gnarwolves fuss was about. The place was jam packed with young bodies all eager to get upstairs to the small sweaty, steamy room and as soon as those guys hit the stage with some live music a massive moshpit started and from there was total mental chaos – in a perfect way of course.
A new experience for me was The Jazz Cafe, an iconic little venue, I know, but somehow I had never been inside. It felt nice and inviting and I was ready to enjoy some acoustic live music from Ginger Wildheart. On my way in I couldn’t believe the size of queue forming with so many Wildhearts fans…unfortunately the place wasn’t as big as it should to take everyone in. The guys were on top form, a lovely intimate and relaxed atmosphere was what that gig was all about. The crowd was enjoying itself and singing along, it all sounded very special.
Then there was The Graveltones, and I looked forward to this gig as I knew from previous experience them are pretty amazing live. Two guys on stage and so much talent and energy. They just get better and better every time.
Where I saw most bands during the day was at The Electric Ballroom…the first one I managed was something new for me,The Peckham Cowboys who sounded quite pleasant with their blues rock style music and their crowd were enthusiastic and having a lot of fun.
Protafield a new project from Jayce Lewis can’t say it didn’t feel good in there…great crowd, lively performance. Another band I was looking forward seeing live was Eureka Machines as I had seen them many years ago in a small club in my local town so wanted to experience their vibrant and exciting show once again. Chris Catalyst seems to be so hyper and it is tough to keep up with him. I wasn’t disappointed neither the crowd, they were alive.
Sonic Boom Six came next being familiar with them I knew the place wouldn’t stand still and I was right. The Manchester band played their blend of electro-pop-punk-reggae and what any other genre you want to add to a packed crowd who never stopped jumping and singing.
Turbowolf came on and the mood was exactly the same, crowd having a great time, felt bouncy. The front man Chris Georgiadis looked as eccentric and charismatic as ever.
The venue is becoming small for the bands by now and Dinosaur Pile Up is next to bring their sounds to entertain their fans. I quite enjoyed what I heard, need to check them out again.
It is 9 o’clock and time for the headliners at The Electric Ballroom so as soon as lights went on The Subways took the stage and crowd erupted into a frenzy. They sang all the words, jumped, crowd surfed as they listened to the amazing punk tunes the band have to offer. I can never keep still watching them and they make me feel like dancing. So in all it was a perfect night.