We preview Camden Rocks Festival 2018 - Sat 2nd of June

This annual family-run event will celebrate the 80th birthday of the Electric Ballroom venue this year - a legendary live music venue owned by the same family since its birth, alongside the historical Dublin Castle, who celebrate over 40 years of service to live music, again, run by the same family since it opened. Both feats are symbolic of Camden’s home-grown grassroots and spirit of arguably London’s most important borough for live music for all genres.

The best and most informed will in the world, regardless of how passionate and thoughtful it might be, any attempts at listing and recommending the most promising acts at Camden Rocks Festival are easily challenged. 

But this is It’s All Indie predicting what is most likely to become the essential parts of the festival action. 

From the 200 hand-picked acts appearing across the 20 venues, the below represents our thoughts. 

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Carl Barât's DJ set at Koko looks set to become the perfect festival wrap up party

It’s All Indie’s Top 20 – Must see bands – headliners and emerging talent

We would not want you to miss the immense talent of (listed in random order);

Maximo ParkSisteray, Public Image Ltd, False Heads, The Lafontaines, Echobelly, Asylums, Pet Needs, Drones, Blood Red Shoes, Danny Goffey, Twin Atlantic, Bugeye, Danny Starr, The Luka State, Lucie Bârat,, The Rifles, Bryde, The Gulps and Dead! Not to forget the one and only legend that is Carl Bârat, who will be delivering a DJ set at Koko, it is going to be utterly special.
Newcastle's Upon Tyne's finest - Maximo Park

Camden Rocks Festival has well and truly established itself as a loyal supporter of emerging talent. Bearing that in mind, a day out in Camden, 100% dedicated to brilliant live music, just is not the same without superb alt rock trio False Heads.

Gigslutz recently described False Heads as “The future of live music”. We would like to take Gigslutz’s point a tiny step further by adding the word “present” to their point, by all means keep the “future” bit in, we fully believe that False Heads are reinventing guitar music in the live environment here and now, right in front of us.

Having just announced on socials “A mammoth amount of news coming your way”, it is clear for all to see that there is a real buzz and excitement about them. 

The venues and the location - Camden remains the number London spot 
for experiencing live music in the community 

Following the forever golden steps of Amy Winehouse, Graham Coxon and The Libertines, honestly, where else in the UK do you get such exclusive access to the coolest rock music venues, all situated in one area? and available for you to enjoy, right at your fingertips, it does not get any more convenient than that. Of course, that is not to say other UK cities do not have suitable music festival locations or venues but at It’s All Indie we just feel the layout of Camden is that tad extra special. All the venues compliment the local vibe perfectly, displaying the unique history and tradition of Camden in full glory. This is pretty unmatched anywhere. We really mean that.

We know that you all know the 20 venues so this is entirely and purely for the overall purpose of general housekeeping but here we go;

The Fiddlers Elbow, the Camden Assembly, the Monarch, Fest (formerly Proud), Dr Martens Boot Room, Gabeto, the Hawley Arms, Dingwalls, the Devonshire Arms, Dingwalls Canalside, the Devonshire Arms, the Good Mixer, Electric Ballroom, the Underworld, the Black Heart, the Dublin Castle, Brewdog Camden (acoustic), Belushis, Koko, the Lyttelton Arms and Crescent Coffee.

London based punk rockers Sisteray have a real connection to the Camden music community and it therefore makes perfect sense to fade this preview out with their latest release Algorithm Prison.

It is a good and suitably clever one.

Still some tickets up for grabs but it is likely to sell out, click on the link below to buy

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Finally, we hope you all have a wonderful time at Camden Rocks Festival 2018. 

Look forward to seeing you there!