Camden Crawl line-up announced
Tan Parsons THE LINE-UP for one of Camden Town's most exciting and unpredictable musical events has just been announced, and it promises to be bigger than ever before. The Gaymers Camden Crawl will return on April 24 and 25 and 10,000 music fans are expe
THE LINE-UP for one of Camden Town's most exciting and unpredictable musical events has just been announced, and it promises to be bigger than ever before.
The Gaymers Camden Crawl will return on April 24 and 25 and 10,000 music fans are expected to flock to venues to catch the cream of new music.
Among the acts being hotly tipped for success this year are Mumford and Sons, Dan Black, I Blame Coco - who are fronted by Sting's daughter Coco Sumner - as well as the King Blues and VV Brown.
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Event co-ordinator Jen Noble said: "There are a lot more acts to come and we've got some really big bands this time. This is our first year with the Roundhouse and we decided to push the boat out."
They will not announce the headliners until after tickets have sold out, though, as it is impossible to guarantee everyone will be able to see them because of the size of the venues around Camden Town and Chalk Farm.
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"This festival is really about getting exposure to new up-and-coming acts," said Ms Noble.
"It's a bit manic at the moment but we're really excited - it's just a case of pulling everything together.
"It's going to be bigger than last year and it's amazing to think that we're expecting to have at least 10,000 people every day when a couple of years ago it was just half that."
As well as its customary stellar line up of live acts, the festival will feature an array of daytime activities and performances covering visual art, comedy, spoken word and theatre.
Organisers are trying a few new ideas as well this time around, and MTV has been confirmed as the official partner for the festival.
It will also be the first time the Camden Crawl has collaborated with the iconic Jazz Cafe, and there will also be the X Crawl - a separate series of events for 14 to 18-year-olds.
One of the only gripes about the Crawl in recent years has been the size of the queues to get into the venues, but this year special steps are being taken to make sure people are entertained while they wait.
Ms Noble said: "We have Pete Heat, who is a rock and roll magician, coming down with some street magicians and they will be doing a lot of shows to keep people entertained in the queues."
Mr Heat promises to deliver a mysterious Derren Brown-style prediction stunt as the week progresses.
"We are really excited about the festival kicking off again and we promise it's going to be fantastic," added Ms Noble.