Camden Rocks Festival is back bigger and better for its fifth year. A great day is guaranteed for the discerning music fan.

Camden Rocks Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 04, has quickly become one of the highlights of the festival season. And to no surprise; with a choice of over 200 bands at 20 of Camden’s finest music venues, there is something for everyone. And all for the sum of just £35!

The Cribs are billed as headliners, but that is just the start. With a mix of well-known names, fan favourites and new unknowns, it is a varied day of great music.

Joining The Cribs at the top end of the bill are Billy Bragg, Carl Barat and The Jackals, Gun, Ginger Wildheart, Glen Matlock, Reckless Love, and Black Spiders. This lineup is great as it stands.

Add to this 200 more bands, and it will be difficult to choose which acts to see. There are two ways to tackle a festival like this. Firstly, wait for the schedule to be published and plan your day with military precision. Or, just go with the flow, call in at venues as you walk along the street, and stay if something catches your ear. You never know what you might find.

Here are just a few that this author personally recommends:

The Virginmarys
Having just released a new album, the Macclesfield rockers are sure to put on a hearty show as they take the new material out for a spin.

The Amorettes
The Scottish female rockers who recently picked up a couple of gongs at the Pure Rawk Awards are fresh out of the studio. You can count on some great rock played with passion.

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
One for the Steam-Punk fans, this will be the first date back in the UK after a tour in America. These guys always put on a great show.

Ashestoangels
One of Bristol’s finest, the new grave rockers have just finished a headline tour promoting the new album. Fantastically energetic live, you will leave the set loving them.

Dirty Thrills
London’s dirty blues-rockers deliver songs about sex, drugs and rock and roll – just as they are meant to be played. Always a great set.

The Pearl Harts
London guitar/drum duo who will be playing Camden in-between supporting Garbage on their tour. Definitely worth seeing live.

Hands Off Gretel
Having gone down a storm last year, the band led by super enigmatic singer Lauren are back again to blow you away.

Louise Distras
London’s post-punk protest poet sings songs with feeling, meaning and attitude – a breath of fresh air well worth searching out.

That said , this festival is about finding new music. So as you walk around, if you hear some noise, go in and check it out. It may be your next favourite band! Why not; you’ve got all day!

For more information, and tickets, check out the website.

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