After years of anticipation, the freshly named Gaymers Camden Crawl is pleased to announce the addition of Camden’s historic Roundhouse venue as jewel in the crown of the festival’s participating venues. The 2009 event will also see the inauguration of its official broadcast partnership with digital radio station BBC 6 Music. As is tradition, Camden Town will play host to over a mile and a half of fantastic new talent for over thirty hours across more than forty venues. In addition to its customary stellar line up of live music acts, the festival will feature a vast array of interactive daytime activities and cutting edge performances across the arts, including visual art, comedy, spoken word, theatre and much more.
In recent years, the Crawl has seen the likes of Kate Nash, Mystery Jets, Klaxons, The Cribs, Noah & The Whale, Adele, The Kooks, Calvin Harris, Sway, The Fratellis, Lethal Bizzle, Cage The Elephant, Hot Chip and Sam Sparro cut their teeth in Camden Town amongst such legends as Buzzcocks, Billy Bragg, The Charlatans, Moby, The Damned, Amy Winehouse and Echo & The Bunnymen. The 2009 Gaymers Camden Crawl, scheduled to take place Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April, is sure to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors featuring the hottest new acts converging in one location to launch the festival season.
The programme kicks off from midday on Friday the 24th until the wee hours of the following Sunday. Upon arrival each ticket holder will be presented with an all-access wristband, programme guide, timetable and free download album to help plot his/her day’s adventure. ‘Crawlers’ are granted unlimited access to all official festival venues featuring more than 150 live artists, daytime activities & arts programme and aftershow parties capacity permitting.
In keeping with Crawl tradition and the spirit of discovery, the full line-ups and stage times remain a closely guarded secret until each night and surprise guests may appear at any time and at any venue.
The evening line-ups are selected by a committee of music industry tastemakers, including radio DJs, club promoters, journalists and record labels. The most hotly tipped acts will appear on the bill both days, alternating venues on Friday and Saturday to allow die-hard Crawlers two opportunities to see their most coveted artists. All other artists will perform on one day or evening of the event only.
Tickets for the Gaymers Camden Crawl 2009, available as either 2-day or single day passes, go on sale 9:00 am Monday 17th November. Initial line-ups will be announced January 2009.
In 2009, the festival becomes known as the Gaymers Camden Crawl as Gaymers Cider becomes the headline sponsor. “The Camden Crawl is a natural fit for us.” says Gaymer Cider Company Managing Director John Mills. “Gaymers already has a strong association with live music through festival sponsorships and our Grassroots Gigs series which this year featured the Futureheads, Young Knives, Mystery Jets and The Wombats. We are committed to supporting great live music and building on the success we’ve had last summer. Our involvement with the Camden Crawl will ensure that we continue to support and showcase up-and-coming talent and some of the hottest acts of 2009”.
BBC 6 MUSIC
Digital radio station BBC 6 Music will be covering the Camden Crawl on air, live from site.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for BBC 6 Music said:
“Coverage of the Camden Crawl finds a natural home on BBC 6 Music. With our skill for discovering and championing new artists plus our ability to find a context for new music through the classic music that we play, it sits well with the ethos of the Camden Crawl.”
BBC 6 Music brings together the cutting edge music of today, the iconic and groundbreaking music of the past 40 years and unlimited access to the BBC’s wonderful music archive. Its list of presenters is as eclectic as the music that it plays, ranging from Steve Lamacq to Stephen Merchant, from George Lamb to Guy Garvey with a sprinkling of Adam and Joe along the way. Find out more at bbc.co.uk/6music.
CASTLEHAVEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CHARITY
The Castlehaven Community Association has been named as the official charity partner of the Gaymers Camden Crawl 2009. The CCA is a registered charity (no 295829) dedicated to fulfilling the educational, recreational & social needs of all Camden Town residents. Since its inception in 1986, CCA has offered a diverse and rewarding range of services. Current programmes include after school & youth clubs for different ages and interest groups, support for parents and a variety of activities for pensioners. Young people are a major focus of CCA work and this is reflected in a number of initiatives, such as the Senior Youth Inclusion Project, which offers key worker support to those identified as being at risk of crime, anti-social behaviour or exclusion.
The Camden Crawl has chosen to support the positive work of this small but high profile and vibrant community association in an effort to help promote positive social development within Camden Town. Various community projects are currently being planned in tandem with the CCA and will be announced soon.
FRIDAY 24TH & SATURDAY 25TH APRIL 2009 12PM – 4AM
2 DAY PASSES £55.00** AND SINGLE DAY TICKETS £32.50** ON SALE FROM 17TH NOVEMBER.
10% early bird discount available for first 1000 2 day passes sold. ** An additional £1 charity donation will be added to each ticket sold
Tickets available from the following outlets:
24 Hr CC Hotline 0871 2200 260 / See Tickets 020 7403 3331 OR buy online: www.thecamdencrawl.com
Tickets are to be exchanged for wristbands which allow free entry to each of the participating venues as individual capacities permit. Wristbands and programmes announcing the full line ups and timings for the event are obtainable from 11:00 am onward each day at the Camden Crawl ticket exchange point located at: THE ROUNDHOUSE (Chalk Farm Road, NW1). Please note that 2-day pass holders will need to return to ticket exchange to collect Saturday’s timetable. Festival goers are advised to arrive early as there will be a full daytime programme on both days from 12:00pm. Doors open for evening schedule at 5:30 pm most venues. There will be late night after show parties featuring live bands and DJs until 4:00 am both days.
MAIN PARTICIPATING EVENING VENUES:
The Roundhouse i Koko i Electric Ballroom i Dingwalls i Underworld i Cuban Bar i Barfly i Dublin Castle The Monarch i Earl of Camden i Oh! Bar i Purple Turtle i Bullet i The Black Cap i St. Michaels Church