REVIEW: Camden Rocks!
Camden Rocks returns… to, well.. Camden! The name is pretty self explanatory – rock music taking over London’s trendiest neighbourhood.
We said a heartfelt goodbye to the Barfly today (its classic artwork pictured above) the last day that this iconic venue – and our live nights’ home – showcased live new bands. Them&Us were the first band I saw at this all day festival. An indie-electronic group, I was really drawn into the music, and lead vocalist had an amazing stage presence – both grace in her voice and fashion style!
I discovered band The Carnaby’s – a really cool indie rock band with a touch of pop. These guys recently sold out The Barfly in March, so it was cool to see them back in Camden, at The Forge.
Black Heart had some great bands during the day. Heavy rockers ‘Asylums’ got the crowd absolutely raving, and new band quickly on the rise ‘Yonaka’ also performed – this was my second time seeing them and they only get better each time!
Belushi’s little back room opened up for this festival, with my long time friends Hoodoo Daze finding their home in Camden Rocks. How many bands can turn a 50 person audience into a wild mosh pit? Never underestimate these guys!
Though not all of Camden Rocks was heavy heavy rock – indie-pop band Victoria took the stage in ‘Be At One,’ their song ‘Into The Wild’ getting more and more recognisable and memorable.
Norma Jean closed the festival, and CLOSED the aforementioned Barfly, queues leading out the Barfly for ages as people stampeded in to see these guys’ set.
I’ve never been so in the middle of so much guitar music before, it was definitely an eye opener. A Camden bar crawl has never been better.