Since 1995, The Camden Crawl has grown from a validation of the usual inebriated post-gig crawl through Camden Town to its current position as a worthy musical institution, successfully breaking out of its slot in the North London’s music niche to become a venerable festival attracting music fans from around the city and beyond.
This year, the legendary Camden Crawl seems to have only got bigger, bringing an unrivalled programme of music, art, theatre and comedy to the already bustling cobbled streets and back alleys of Camden town this May Bank Holiday weekend.
As one of the first major festivals of the season, The Camden Crawl is setting the precedent with an impressively diverse line-up of bands including big name acts Death in Vegas, The Cribs, Glasvegas and The Futureheads alongside new kids on the block Niki and The Dove, Chew Lips and Melodica, Melody & Me to name a few.
Alongside the main action on stage, this year’s Camden Crawl also presents gigs from comedians Rufus Hound, Henning When, Tony Law and Abandonman. Taking us into the wee hours on Saturday and Sunday night will be special editions of top club nights curated by the best DJs and music folk around including Artrocker, 1234, Rough Trade, Moshi Moshi Records and Urban Nerds. So you can rest assured your ears will be in good hands.
But ears are not the only sensory organ being stimulated at The Camden Crawl. This year sees the launch of C.A.M.E, the ‘Crawlternative Media Expo’, a free subfestival (Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May) featuring three major London collectives; Alternative Press, Poster Roast and Lexington Record Fair. Showcasing the alternative arts of underground press and zine making, gig poster design and record collecting under the spectacular setting of Camden’s historic St Michael’s Church, C.A.M.E offers an alternative – and free – insight into cultural production. In addition to talks and tutorials, the event will also host special live music and spoken word performances with guest DJs throughout the weekend.
Yes, the chances are it will be raining. But if you’re going to be inside anyway, you might as well be inside somewhere with great music, excitable people and beer. And with 300 artists over three days for one ticket, The Camden Crawl is a pretty sweet deal whether you are looking to catch your favourite bands in an intimate venue or want to be one of the first to see the next big thing to come out of Camden. You might even get to buy them a pint.
The Camden Crawl is taking place at various venues throughout Camden from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May.
Weekend tickets are £67.50; Saturday/Sunday tickets £39.50 – tickets include unlimited access to all participating venues, free programme guide and free festival magazine.
For full line up and tickets, please visit the website.