Under the blazing sun and with a constant beer in tow Far Out Magazine battled its way around Camden’s busy streets on foot, buses and two Uber’s to visit the many famed music haunts and a few of our favourite acts at this year’s Camden Rocks.
The checklist was simple. Take advantage of the good weather, free rum and acoustic acts at the chilled out Kraken’s Freaky Tiki stage. Check. Be blown away by new energy fuelled rip-rawing young starlets. Check. Catch up with a few indie veterans. Check.
An early standout moment was Weirds’ electrifying performance at the Dublin Castle. Their gritty and aggressive sound combined with the lead singer repeatedly storming around the dance floor sent pulses racing. While a tad later in the day The Blinders, whose lead singer took the occasion to pay solidarity Jeremy Corbyn and his election bid by sporting ‘Labour’ written in faceprint across his chest, took Camden Assembly by storm with their raw, psychedelic power tunes. If you haven’t already, listen to ‘I Can’t Breathe Blues’, it’s a banger.
After one or two more Red Stripes we dropped in to watch Leeds rockers Pulled Apart by Horses at Electric Ballroom who served up a plate of head banging belters, followed by Carl Barat and The Jackels tearing into their new album alongside a few Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things numbers to an overeager crowd at Koko.
Up next on Far Out’s must see band at Camden Rocks was arguably one of the most understated bands in the UK: The Coral. The Merseyside outfit switched between 60’s inspired tracks on the latest record to classic, summer time hits of yesteryear including ‘Dreaming Of You’ which caused the crowd to erupt with an emphatic finish. While other crowd pleasers such as ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Pass It On’ resulted in the biggest reaction from the audience, the band’s timeless brilliance derives from their technical prowess and ability to effortless delivery timeless indie classics.