Camden Crawl took place once more in London a few weeks ago for the 19th edition after a year off and having debuted in Dublin for the first time in 2012 and returning in 2013 in the city.
CC14 returned to London once more and featured a lineup that included Alexis Taylor, Cymbals, Pins, Of Montreal, Atari Teenage Riot and Shabazz Palaces amongst others. News has reached that the festival has gone into voluntary liquidation after this year’s edition, which suffered from low ticket sales. A statement published on the now-suspended CC website read:
“As it stands, the total debts substantially exceed the value of the assets of the company. Because of this completely unanticipated situation and after nearly 10 years of successfully promoting the Camden Crawl festival, it is with great regret and sadness that there has been no other option than to convene meetings for the purpose of placing the company into creditors’ voluntary liquidation. Once the company is in liquidation and a liquidator is appointed, the liquidator will realise all assets, try and agree all creditor claims and if possible make a distribution (paying a portion of the debts due to all creditors).”
Some bands including Mazes and Johnny Foreigner who played the festival have taken to social media to say that they hadn’t been paid. I hope they get sorted but as liquidation has been put into effect, it’s not likely.
In the end, Camden Crawl was probably a casualty of the ever-changing festival landscape. I often think that most festivals have a 10 year life span before a generation moves on and is replaced by one which is looking for other things. Camden Crawl lasted 19 years in London and tried to launch in the Dublin market in 2013, it felt like a festival trying to find its new M.O. in recent years and that is now, no longer able to continue.
The opening night party taking place on May 3rd in Whelan’s will see sets from Dirty Beaches, Big Deal, Tropics, Windings and special guests to be announced shortly. Tickets for that gig are €20 plus fees on sale 22nd of March. A legendary English band is also rumoured to be joining the bill. This is a separate gig and not included as part of the weekend ticket.
Highlights: Camden Crawl Dublin takes over most venues (Nialler9 night on Friday in The Grand Social), Lunice, Keep Shelly In Athens, the Trap Door Rapp Tour with Edan, Mr. Lif and more; Amon Tobin, The Horrors.
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While Camden Crawl Dublin’s first lineup was announced a couple of weeks ago, the original festival has announced its first acts for the London from May 4th to 6th in Camden.
First names of note: And So I Watch You From Afar, Charli XCX, Brand Brauer Frick, Iceage, Echo Lake, Jape, Icona Pop, Funeral Suits, Willy Moon, Pariah, Toby Kaar, Keep Shelly In Athens, Kews, Spector, Alpines, Black Moth, Chew Lips, Cymbals, D/R/U/G/S, Lucy Rose, Hawk Eyes, Rubberbandits, Theme Park and more below.
Over 250 bands will make up the final lineup and no doubt with Camden Crawl Dublin taking place the following week some of these band will be playing here too. I am on the panel of media, promoters, musicians etc alongside Jim Carroll who chose the acts via a selection process. Tickets are now on sale. A weekend ticket costs £67.50, Saturday or Sunday tickets are £39.50.
Nialler9 and Jim Carroll’s On The Record are segueing blog powers together at Camden Crawl, London which happens from 4th to the 6th of May this year.
300 of the best new bands have been chosen to play by a panel including ourselves (full list below) and as part of the 3 day event, Nialler9 & On The Record will curate a night of live music with a lineup to be revealed at a later date. Camden Crawl kicks off with Death In Vegas in Koko on May 4th from 5pm (I’m doing a DJ set before Richard Fearless this Saturday as it happens)with support from four of the best new bands of the festival. The full lineup will be announced in February as will details of the Dublin version of the festival.