Just North of the Paddington area, Camden is known for being one of the most cultural parts of the UK, especially in the music industry. With a history of punk and pop spanning into the late noughties, Camden has been associated with grass roots movements, great fashion and even Amy Winehouse. Like with a lot of London, the cultural landscape changes very quickly, and so the entertainment follows suit. One festival which is trying its best to retain some of Camden’s historic glory is Camden Rocks Festival, bringing the best in noughties and nineties punk back onto the scene with many amazing bands. Taking place on the 1st and 2nd of June, this festival will be ushering in the summer with a wide range of brilliant musicians spanning from the modern to the nostalgic. Below is everything you need to know about this festival which will be located just a short tube journey from some of the Park Grand London Hyde Park hotels.
What is Camden Rocks
Camden Rocks is a multi venue music festival taking place at the beginning of jUne. Ushering in the festival season, the festival takes you through some of the most famous venues in Camden, alongside some of the best in alternative and punk acts gracing the world stage right now. The festival is organised by the Camden Rocks music promotion company, who also put on a wide range of shows in the area throughout the year.
Camden is not known for its vast open spaces, and so its festivals have to be confined to a range of venues. This is quite a normal occurrence in London, where a wide range of venues open their doors to day or weekend music festivals, bringing income to the often independently owned venues, alongside publicity to the area of the city. Camden Rocks utilises the many bars and clubs in the area, to create a music festival with a wide range of venue sizes and styles.
Located on the edge of the Camden Lock, Dingwalls is an iconic punk venue with a history which spans decades. With a wide range of artists having played there, the venue is still up and running and acts as one of the mid sized venues for Camden Rocks. Acts to have graced the stage at Dingwalls include Blur, Etta James, REM and the Darkness.
With its standing capacity of 1500, the Electric Ballroom is one of the larger venues in the Camden Rocks collection. This venue has alluring glittery interiors as well as two floors, four bars and two different dance floors. The venue has a history as a Goth venue, and so suits Camden Rocks darker rostra very nicely indeed.
The music at Camden Rocks spans the rock, alternative and rap genres, bringing a wide range of blasts from the past and newbies for adults and children alike. If you are visiting the Park Grand Hyde Park during the 1st and 2nd of June, then check out these musicians.
Frank Turner is well known for his punk and folk inspired music, bringing a new edge to the often electric led punk genre. He will be one of the main headliners for the festival, playing on the Saturday.
One of the golden oldies from the early noughties, Wheatus are a pop punk band who are best known for their hit single “Teenage Dirtbag”. They will be one of the highlights of the Saturday evening.
One of the up and coming performers playing on the Sunday is an indie hip hop artist who is famous for his Jamie T and Streets style DIY punk rap.