Last weekend saw the return of the Camden Crawl (rebranded as CC14 and bigger than ever); one of the UK’s best festivals. The Crawl has always been renowned for championing the best of new music, and acts such as the late, great Amy Winehouse, Razorlight and Babyshambles have all played in the past. After a brief hiatus where the Camden Crawl decamped to Dublin for a while it’s back where it belongs in the many pubs, bars and music venues of NW1.
HERE’S SOME STUFF WE LEARNED AT CC14 THAT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW
Au Revoir Simone
Check us out – we discovered a new band we LOVE while, well, crawling around Camden. Au Revoir Simone is a band from mega-hip Williamsburg, Brooklyn and as well as being musically gifted they look pretty cool too; imagine if the cast of GIRLS started a band. Their style is feather-light electro-pop with dreamy old-school synths and drum machines. We urge you to listen to them and fall in love.
East London native Justin Clarke, better known by his stage name Ghetts (short for Ghetto dontcha know) is one of the UK’s most exciting Grime artists. After record company troubles and parting ways with NASTY crew (whose members included Wretch 32 and Devlin) he’s back with album Rebel with a Cause. His performance in Camden’s The Monarch (drop in at the weekends if you like old-school hip hop) was a visceral triumph – this boy can rhyme!
Mysterious producer SOPHIE (who we can now reveal is a male and not a female as the Warehouse team previously thought!) played an aggressively bright set which carried elements of other DJ’s hallmarks—the jagged melodic sounds of Glasgow’s Rustie and the electro-funk of party starter Hudson Mohawke. Overall SOPHIE’s lollipop synths had us dancing like maniacs and we suggest you go and see this talented mystery man as soon as possible.
Camden really is a lovely place
When the sun is out there’s no place better; kick back on the banks of the canal or the Lock and pretend you’re on holiday. Grab a pint in the world-famous Hawley Arms (or as some lovely man put it so eloquently to us when asking for directions ‘that Amy Winehouse boozer’) or visit the Camden Brewery for bevvies as fresh as they come! Of course don’t miss out on the myriad markets including The Stables for great vintage wares and the street food market – yum.