Camden Rocks 2015 saw over 200 bands from all varieties of rock take to stages across twenty of Camden’s music venues. The one-day festival, which was headlined by acts including Bullet For My Valentine, New Model Army and Funeral For A Friend, was a sold out event and one not to be missed if you’re a fan of watching rock ‘n’ roll in intimate venues. Here are four of my highlights from Saturday’s festival.
God Damn played two sets at Camden Rocks, with a show at the Electric Ballroom earlier in the day. I was lucky enough to catch the band as a surprise unannounced act at the intimate The Barfly. Consisting of Thom Edward on guitar/vocals and Ash Weaver on drums, God Damn is a band with bags of potential and clear Black Sabbath/The Pixies influences.
Highlight of the Set: Where the Wind Blows is snarly and atmospheric, drawing comparisons to Royal Blood with its relentless heavy rock.
Indie-pop band Jaws formed in 2012 and they caught my attention at Camden Rocks with their modern take on grunge. They’re a relatively young band eager to make a statement and their performance at Dingwalls has hopefully gained them some more fans.
Highlight of the Set: With hazy guitars and a grungy nostalgic sound, Bad Company made Jaws stand out from a lot of the other bands on show.
Following The Graveltones’ first set of the day (they played at the Jazz Café at 4pm), the band performed at The Barfly for a memorable evening slot. Delivering slick guitars and thunderous drums, this is a band that deserves even more recognition than it’s received so far. If there’s one thing that you can commend Jimmy O and Mikey Sorbello on, it’s their ability to produce loads of glorious noise.
Highlight of the Set: The Graveltones played dance-along tracks Forget About The Trouble and Bang Bang, but it was Catch Me On The Fly that saw the bluesy Australian duo shine.
The final highlight of the festival was another set at The Barfly, this time from Turbowolf, who had a lot to live up to after The Graveltones’ rollicking gig. Thankfully the band more than rose to the challenge, pulling in a sizeable audience despite clashing with the likes of Bullet For My Valentine. Returning to Camden Rocks for another year, the Bristol band took control of the stage with bags of charisma and showmanship.
Highlight of the Set: From the head-banging Ancient Snake, to the less heavy Nine Lives, to firm favourite Rabbits Foot, Turbowolf’s entire set-list was the main musical highlight of the day.
Another year and another roaring success, Camden Rocks remains the most rock ‘n’ roll one-day event on the UK music calendar.