Festival organiser Chris McCormack (formerly of Creation Records' 3 Colours Red) promotes Camden’s best club nights all-year round through Camden Rocks Presents. What with putting on over 300 gigs a year, he's a dab hand at scouring the country for its finest new rock, indie or punk talents to showcase alongside some huge names.
In McCormack's words, “The festival is a total celebration of what Camden is all about as the creative hub of the UK music scene. The clubs and venues here have, and continue to, host some of the now-biggest names in music in their fledging stages. In the past we've had Catfish & The Bottlemen playing the Barfly to 100 people. So many great bands have cut their teeth here and it’s a pleasure to continue to fly the flag high for new, up and coming bands alongside the big names each year.”
I asked our veteran photographer Chris Patmore who he's most excited to see this year.
"As a photographer, I generally avoid the headline acts at festivals. Camden Rocks is always a chance to see up-and-coming bands before they become headliners, and this year’s festival is packed with bands on the verge of being the next big thing. I’ve seen a good percentage of the bands on the bill, but these are ones that are definitely worth catching for their great music and stage presence."
He also strongly recommended we see Dirty Thrills... but he hasn't shot them yet.
I also chatted with our young gun Kerry Mattey about her top three. She said she'll be going crazy for The Rifles, who are clearly pleased they can pop home in between songs for a tea; “We can't wait to play this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, a great line up as always and right in our own back yard!”
London's prodigal sons, The King Blues.
And one of our favourite bunch of angry young men, Max Raptor.
We're also really pleased to see our old pals Fizzy Blood will be there, storming through the afternoon. We're pretty confident that this will be one of the last times you'll see them this low on a festival billing anywhere.
Even if you completely disagree with who we're keen on, it looks to be one hell of a Saturday. We'll be there with bells on.