This weekend will see Camden Rocks festival returning once more with up to 250 artists on offer at 25 different venues – all in one day. The festival has often been praised for how affordable it is, how ideal it is for music fans to experience a festival in just one day – and the diverse range of alternative music on offer.
Of course, with a lineup of 250 artists, it’s not going to be easy choosing who to see. Therefore, I’ve put together my top 5 bands to watch – in no particular order.
Royal Republic are a band I’ve wanted to check out live for a while now, and I have a feeling that after this weekend, I’ll be itching to see them headline a tour. The rock band hails from Sweden and just ooze a catchy sound that still seems just a bit more heavier than your average pop punk band – in a good way. Vocalist Adam Grahn has a real distinct sound that makes him sound like he’s straight out of an 80s band – trust me, this band is one to watch this Saturday.
Check them out at KOKO at 4pm.
THE DIRTY YOUTH
Although their last album was back in 2015, The Dirty Youth are back with a vengeance with festival appearances this summer and new material due to drop this year. The band, who are from South Wales, have a lot to offer, with an electronic punk rock sound and impressive vocalists from Danni Monroe. There’s still not enough female vocalists in the rock industry so I’m really excited to hear her (and the rest of the band) live.
Check them out at Proud Camden at 5pm.
Indie rockers Milburn are another band I’ve been wanting to see for a while, especially when I missed the opportunity to see them perform in my uni hometown years back. I thought I’d missed my chance thanks to their eight year break up, but now they’re back bigger than ever with a lot on offer. Their latest offering, Take Me Home, dropped just last week and is a real indie gem. My friend, who is a huge fan of the band, recommends tracks Send In The Boys, Lipstick Licking and Storm In A Teacup.
Check them out at Dingwalls at 8:15pm.
An obvious choice, I know, but who isn’t looking forward to seeing this main headliner? My 17 year old emo self is going to love singing along to top tracks such as Buck Rogers, Just A Day and Come Back Around. And although the band were huge back in the day, they’re still very much valid, having dropped their latest album, All Bright Electric, just last October. This go-happy pop punk band will please everyone this Saturday and I know that Koko is going to be packed.
Check them out at KOKO at 9:45pm.
This noughties band are not one to be missed, especially following their return after a five year hiatus. There’s not much I can say about this band that you don’t already know, only that I might possibly cry if they don’t play Dreaming Of You, the song I discovered through TV show Scrubs and that is so much fun to dance and sing along to. They’re on just before Feeder, providing the perfect warm up slot.
Check them out at KOKO at 8:15pm.
These are just five of many bands I’m looking forward to seeing but, like previous years, I’m most looking forward to just wandering around and diving into different venues to discover new artists – isn’t that the point?!
As always, the day will end with an official after party at KOKO.
Will you be attending Camden Rocks this year? If so, let us know who you’re most looking forward to!