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Anyone going this year? Any tips?
going. Def going to watch Jeffrey Lewis
yeah we're all going, sean sorted us out tickets and everything
sean PM'd a load of us with free guest passes for the weekend, take it you didn't get one?!
Managed to get a 2 day ticket for £25
which I bought during the half price offer, so would take £60 for the pair (including postage!). Tickets are in hand, so can post them straight away.
Playing live. Should be good!
I can't work or where the queues will be this year. Maybe they have fixed it.
and not all afternoon. But I'll certainly catch Autobahn, Desperate Journalist and Pins.
Line-up looks good, very excited for Paws and Pins
Maybe it was the bands I saw, no queues and most venues half full.
Was very empty for Thumpers and Atari Teenage riot
Still, i had fun!
Still, enjoyed Girls Names, Desperate Journalist, Yuck (despite crappy Koko sound) and Alexis Taylor. Presumably it will be busier today, but makes such a change from Camden Crawls of old to not have to queue to get into venues.
People who bought VIP queue jump tickets must feel a bit silly.
but there was a definite air of tragedy to it, I'm not really sure they should bother with another one until indie music gets popular again
The Great Escape still sells out and I believe Dot To Dot sells pretty well I just think it's lost relevance to a city thats getting an increasing number of weekend/all day events which is drawing higher profile acts.
I suppose maybe it's more a case that lack of money has made the bill a lot more low key..? I mean, Great Escape definitely has bigger names at the top end, Dot to Dot is smaller but the names aren't loads smaller. I guess you can't underestimate the fact that Camden has kind of properly fallen out of fashion in the last few years.
Meant we didn't have to queue, but I can't see them doing it again next year - they must have lost heaps of money.
Steve Mason and Jeffrey Lewis were both ace. Roll Bus Roll!!
but it must have been a total bust financially. It reminded me a lot of the very first Crawls, when no-one really knew what it was and you'd just go and see Ligament at the Enterprise. Over the past two days I've caught great sets from Girls Names, Autobahn, Jeffrey Lewis etc.
pretty much everyone i saw was great.
jeff lewis/of montreal was perfect in the electric ballroom, there can't have been more than 50 people at koko for shabazz palaces though?
big deal at the end were brilliant and paws packed out the lock tavern.
it did feel like it had sold a lot better on the saturday though? apparently the ballroom was like really busy for au revoir simone?
would be a shame to not have it next year
About the same size crowd as Jeff Lewis. Steve Mason at Koko was pretty quiet as well.
I think having it the weekend before Glastonbury is a big factor (and a massive mistake).
Gnarwolves were fun, but not the best I've seen them
Jeffrey Lewis in the sunshine accompanied by the delicious Camden Ale at the Brewery.
A confident Steve Mason at Koko.
Cymbals in the sweaty Black Heart.
Mouse ON Mars were My Bloody Valentine-esque loud in Koko. I thought they were brilliant.
Every venue was dead though, I think they just didn't book enough name acts to fill the larger venues. They tried to make it more contemporary than previously though. Hope they haven't lost that much?!
Didn't see anything that blew me away, but on the whole it was decent.
Highlights were Thought Forms, Steve Mason and Girls Names. The only major disappointment for me was The Field - his set at Sonar Stockholm with a live drummer was one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen, but his laptop-only set felt really flat in comparison.
Definitely felt empty though - only the smallest venues ever approached being full.
Every band I caught were great... Paws, PINS, TRAAMS, Gnarwolves, Jeffrey Lewis, Of Montreal, and Paws (again, even better the second time).
Seemed quieter on the Friday, but Saturday felt buzzy enough and it was nice to get into venues quickly... was only for the Lock Tavern for Paws that we had to queue. I would assume them booking fewer big-names was a deliberate shift from previous incarnations of the festival, and I hope it was successful enough to keep going like that.
Managed to see Dirty Beaches (at the Camden brewery, pretty weird location for him), Moon Gangs (everybody talked during his set, wasn't that impressive anyway), Laetitia Sadler (really nice), Livity Sound (at Proud, NO ONE was there), Laurel Halo (Koko, was advertised as playing at 7.45 on the bill, so was lucky to catch her), Mouse on Mars (quite intense, fun and loud)
Good day, managed to see some great acts, but they seriously need to sort out their organisation next year...I managed to see all the acts easily but it was really undersold. Livity Sound in particular, one of the most lauded dance acts in the UK right now, playing to a crowd of about three, is ridiculous.
I think it suffered from the combination of acts and the location- Camden isn't really hip right now, you'd probably be better off with meat and potatoes lad rock here. Laurel Halo, Mouse on Mars, Livity Sound, etc. would probably go down a treat in Shoreditch or Hackney.
And barely noticed this was happening. Camden Rocks a few weeks ago was absolutely rammed as far as I could tell (plenty of vomit and piss by my front door) despite an iffy hard rockist lineup. Not sure the 'Camden not being hip' thing really stands as it's 3 stops from Dalston, 1 more to Hackney Central on the overground. Recent years have been packed too. Must be down to organization and bad marketing. I'm not a Camden apologist either. Can't wait to get out of this shithole.