Camden Rocks, Camden, London

I wasn’t going to go to this as I only really wanted to see Andy Cairns of Therapy!

Then…. Feeder were announced as headliners with the added bonus of The Virginmarys so that was enough for me.

First up was Hands Off Gretel at the Underworld, they played a decent set and hand a lot of people in the venue considering the time of day.

Simon, Jim & I make our way down to Koko, a venue which has finally been added to the festival. Jim suggests that we see The Kut in The Crowndale, it’s 3 girls playing some rock, Simon & I aren’t really into it at all so we leave to get a good place in Koko for Royal Republic. Here we catch the end of Moses. They seem to be having fun but this venue is way too big for them at this point in their career.

Royal Republic take to the stage and straight away I’m impressed by what I’m seeing. They command the crowd really well. By far they are easily the band of the day. They announce that they will be returning soon so I’ll be looking out for tickets.

We hot foot it down to Camden Market to catch Ally Dickaty’s (The Virginmarys) solo show. He was playing the Kraken Sound Stage which is inside the market on the fake grassed area. It’s nice to be outside rather than a stuffy venue on this fine day.

I grabbed some food which ended up being uncooked chicken…

Then headed to see Andy Cairns at Proud, he’s 100% solo today even being his own roadie. He jokes the rest of the band are watching the Champions League final, something he himself was doing in one of the stables before the show. He plays another solid set, quite different to the previous time I saw his solo show. He announces that they are heading into the studio to record album number 15 on Monday and then plays a new song. I joke with Ronald on Whatsapp that they are recording album number 15,000.

Unfortunately both The Virginmarys and Feeder clashed, I choose Feeder at Koko to end this year’s festival and was happy I did. I catch the end of The Coral, I only know one song, Dreaming Of You, it’s their final bow as they leave the stage after this.

Feeder put on a solid show, but it’s not as good as when I saw them in Folkestone a couple of months back. I think mainly this is due to where I am in the venue. I’m up top on the same level as the hidden sofas.

I’d checked my phone during the break before the encore I saw there had been another attack in the city. I meet Simon outside and we head home straight away and it’s a good job we did. We made the Northern Line which was later suspended and then managed to get as far as Mile End before the Central Line suffered the same, although this was resumed and we did manage to get to Stratford and home. We knew this was likely to happen as when we got to Bank the announcements were instructing everyone to get back on the trains as there was no exit from the station at all.

Camden Rocks, Camden, London

Camden Rocks 2016, Camden, London

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Really poor line up this year, so much so we even considered a trip to the Olympic Park to see ACDC as there was a rumor floating around that Duff and Slash would join Axl on stage for a number, they didn’t so luckily we saved ourselves £90 each.

Didn’t manage to catch Ginger Wildheart which was a shame but I did catch The Pearl Hearts who are currently supporting Garbage on selected dates of their European tour.

Band of the day for me were The Qemists followed by The Virginmarys, venue of the day had to be upstairs at the Barfly, we caught 3 gigs there and all 3 were good, the other being Them & Us.

Headed home after VM’s as I had an early start the following morning.

Camden Rocks, Camden, London

Camden Rocks

I went to a stack of venues and boozers I’d never been to before. I missed Ginger Wildheart but as a result saw Richie Ramone who did a Ramones set which was pretty cool.

  • Dirty Thrills (Proud Camden)
  • Samoans (The Monarch)
  • New Device (The Cuban)
  • Richie Ramone (Electric Ballroom)
  • Black Spiders (Electric Ballroom)
  • And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (Electric Ballroom)
  • Hawk Eyes (The Stillery)
  • Dolomite Minor (The Hawley Arms)
  • Demob Happy (The Enterprise)
  • No Sugar (The Enterprise)

Highlights from what I saw include Samoans, New Device and Dolomite Minor.

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Camden Rocks, Camden, London

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For twenty five quid this multi venue, multi band festival is a great deal, one I’ll be doing again in the coming years.

The Virginmarys were the stars of the day playing three shows at The Forge, Dingwalls and the aftershow at Underworld. I managed to catch all of them with the acoustic one at Forge being the best.

Ginger had performance of the day although had I managed to catch the whole of the acoustic Terrorvision show I think that may have stole the title.

Other shows I caught included New Device, Sonic Boom Six, Nine Black Alps and The Xcerts in the Jazz Cafe who I thought had a great vibe to them.

As with all festivals you never manage to see all the bands you want. I’d have loved to seen The subways and as mentioned the whole of Terrorvision but sadly that wasn’t going to happen as i wanted to see all 3 Virginmarys shows.

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