On 24th and 25th April, the Gaymers Camden Crawl will play host to over a mile and a half of fantastic new talent for over thirty hours across more than forty venues including the legendary Koko hosted by headline sponsors Gaymers. As well as 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.
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.
Tickets for the Gaymers Camden Crawl 2009, available as either 2-day or single day passes, are on sale now.
Camden Crawl 2009 Line Up So Far….
THE BARKER BAND
THE CHAPMAN FAMILY
THE CORDELIER CLUB
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
THE DEAD FORMATS
DIE! DIE! DIE!
DRUMS OF DEATH
EXPERIMENT ON A BIRD IN THE AIR PUMP
FIGHT LIKE APES
I BLAME COCO
IT HUGS BACK
THE JIM JONES REVIEW
THE JOY FORMIDABLE
THE KING BLUES
MAN LIKE ME
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
PULLED APART BY HORSES
SKINT & DEMORALISED
THE TEMPER TRAP
THREE TRAPPED TIGERS
THE VON BONDIES
BACKSTAGE COMEDY – Following its huge success at Camden Crawl 2008, Backstage Comedy will once
again present a fine selection of stand up and musical comedy from up and coming award winning comics
with the odd special guest.
FALLING DOWN WITH LAUGHTER – Voted Best Small London Comedy Club at the 2008 Chortle Awards,
Falling Down With Laughter showcases the best in sketch, stand-up, character and musical comedy. Past
guests have included Jack Dee, Stewart Lee, Russell Brand, Sean Lock, Lenny Henry, Adam Hills, Brendon
Burns, and Phil Nichol…so expect some surprises.
UNDERBELLY – Underbelly is one of the main promoters at Edinburgh Festival and produces events and
comedy tours all over the UK.Their commitment to finding and developing new talent has seen them become
one of the foremost names in the UK’s up and coming entertainment scene. Their fantastic line-up of comedians
at their debut Crawl showcase will be one not to miss!
APPLE & SNAKES – The top poetry promoters present an explosion of upbeat, in-your-face poetry featuring the
X-rated-but-charming Salena Godden, with support from psychedelic funnyman Ash Dickinson and the
waggish Alison Brumfitt. Compered by loveable motormouth Steve Larkin.
BLOODY AWFUL POETRY – Returning to the line up after a hectic year, BAP are settling back into the Crawl,
bringing with them the best in live acoustic music and much more including a poetry wall, confession booth,
art exhibitions and the world famous ‘Bloody Awful Poetry Exhibition’.
BOOKSLAM – Bookslam events cover a wide range of storytellers from all disciplines – novelists, spoken
word poets and musicians – gathering together for an eclectic day of words and music. London’s coolest night
out for nerds comes to the Camden Crawl bringing guests which include verbal junkies Scroobius Pip and
Dockers MC; notorious novelist John Niven; the absurdly talented renaissance man, Joe Stretch; comedy that
jumps off the wall from Dan Antopolski; and the sweetest bittersweet music from Lail Arad. Patrick Neate will
stick the whole thing together like corn flour in lumpy gravy.
BONANZA – A club night, promoter and radio show now in it’s sixth year, Bonanza showcases the best in
Country, Americana and Roots music and is an umbrella for numerous club nights. Bonanza will be hosting
‘The Battle Of The One Man Bands Round 3’ at the Lock Tavern, a no-holds barred bout of cosmic country
and trash-blues pugilism where ‘you the audience’ will decide the winner!… plus very special guest DJs.
CLERKENVILLE WEST – Local promoter and scenester Punk Rock Dolly joins forces with legendary Clerkenwell
pub venue The Betsey Trotwood to bring Crawlers an epic hoedown of Alt-folk, Nu-grass and Cosmic
Country. The recently re-launched Betsey hosts the wonderful folk sessions “Snake Mountain Review” and
“The Lantern Society” as well as its raucous tri-level fest of Bluegrass and Americana “Clerkenville West”.
INDIE IDLE – The Gigwise Indie Idle unsigned artist competition will run over the weekend of the Crawl. On
Friday, our panel of experts will whittle down the 10 semi-finalists chosen by public vote to a live final shortlist.
On Saturday, wthe finalists battle it out live on stage to win a headline slot at the festival later that
CONFIRMED DAYTIME PROGRAMME
HAWLEY ARMS SESSIONS – One of our favourite local pubs and renowned Camden hotspots presents a
series of acoustic live sessions from their friends and favourite acts.
ANDY ROSS PRESENTS – There are not many things more Camden than Andy. The former head honcho of
Food Records and the man who brought us Blur, Idlewild and Jesus Jones amongst others hosts two afternoons
of idiosyncratic performances generally not involving instruments requiring a plug or big thumpy
drums. In previous years, he has introduced the likes of Soko, Mumford & Sons and Noah and the Whale at
TURNING WORM – Launched in 2004 by two young rouges seeking fun, fortune and the best new bands in
the world, TM now promotes successful club nights across in numerous venues with a wide variety of strange
& beautiful bands, soloists, DJs, artists and poets featuring.
FUTURE SHORTS – The short film label returns to the Camden Crawl, bringing another unforgettable
cinematic experience to life. They plan to present live rescores by the hottest bands for a unique programme
of films, remixing the idea of what film can be.
HUNGA MUNGA’S CAMDEN COCKTAIL- Arts and crafts madness in Camden’s favourite cocktail bar. Loads
of art materials and crafty bits to explore your artistic side alongside amazing live music from three of
HungaMunga’s favourite bands: Gabby Young and Other Animals, Tabloid and Off Ground Touch….. and lots
of fun and games.
KARAUKE – (kar’e-yoo’ke) v. you sing, they play ukuleles! If you’ve ever fancied singing ‘I will Survive’ disco
to and with an entire backing band of fine-tuned ukuleles, here’s the chance…They provide the words, the
music and backing vocals (should you need them) and do everything from Abba to The Undertones to Blur.
MUSICAL BINGO – After their debut outing at last years crawl, the cast of Bring & Share’s musical bingo is
back and loaded with brand spanking new games just for festival goers. Spot the tunes, as they play out a fast
and furious medley of songs. Only the eagle eared will walk away with supa-snazzy prizes!
POP QUIZZES – Who Killed Bambi? is the famous music quiz London Lite touted last year as the “best music
quiz in London”. The Moshi Moshi Pop Quiz is in the Caffrey’s Book of World Records as the longest running
pop farce since records began. After the charming botch jobs at the last two Crawls, the Moshi Quizmasters
have become something of a Camden Crawl institution. Loved and tolerated in equal measure. Like a
strange-smelling distant Uncle on Christmas day. The legendary Brighton I Predict A Pop Quiz heads north to
the bright lights of Camden Town to pose questions of a pop nature. There are prizes for all (while stocks last),
special guests, interpretive dancing and picture rounds.
SPEED HATING – Want a date? Join in the legendary ‘Speed Hating’, as Feeling Gloomy belt out classic
anthems of misery from the likes of The Cure, Smiths and Dolly Parton.
FRIDAY 24TH & SATURDAY 25TH APRIL 2009
12PM – 4AM
2 DAY PASSES £55.00 AND SINGLE DAY TICKETS £32.50
Tickets available from the following outlets:
24hr 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 12:00 pm. 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 – KOKO – ELECTRIC BALLROOM –
JAZZ CAFÉ – DINGWALLS – UNDERWORLD – CUBAN BAR –
BARFLY – DUBLIN CASTLE – THE MONARCH – EARL OF CAMDEN –
OH! BAR – PURPLE TURTLE – BULLET – THE BLACK CAP