With just under a week to go, Camden Rocks Festival is getting ready for another sold-out event with 8000 music fans descending on North London for a full day of fun on Saturday, June 2nd.

This annual family-run event will celebrate the 80th birthday of the Electric Ballroom venue this year – a legendary live music venue owned by the same family since its birth, alongside the historic Dublin Castle, who celebrate over 40 years of service to live music, again, run by the same family since it opened. Both feats are symbolic of Camden’s home-grown grassroots and spirit of arguably London’s most important borough for live music for all genres.

With an incredible bill of talent featuring some of the best emerging rock bands on the circuit, we bring you our Top 5 festival picks for this year’s Camden Rocks Festival.

Those Damn Crows – 8:30 pm Fiddlers Elbow

Fresh off the back of one of the stand out sets of this year’s HRH Ibiza Road Trip along with the news of their recent signing to Earache records it’s fair to say that the future is looking bright for these Welsh upstarts. The band’s anthemic number “Rock N Roll Ain’t Dead” is one which truly encapsulates the spirit of Camden Rocks. These guys are not to be missed.

Massive Wagons – 6:15 pm Camden Assembly

Massive Wagons are getting ready to release their new album Full Nelson via Earache Records in August.  With a packed out summer festival season including appearances at amongst others Download, along with regular airplay on Planet Rock Radio the future is certainly looking Massive for this Lancashire based five-piece.

Tequila Mockingbyrd – 1 pm Dublin Castle

Melbourne’s Tequila Mockingbyrd will deliver a straight up shot of rock and roll to the Camden masses. The band recently released their new single “Tell Me”; one of their freshest cuts from the band’s forthcoming album. On the strength of their new single and the tracks that we heard during the T-Byrd’s recent set at HRH Road Trip we eagerly look forward to more of what is to come from this hard-rocking Anglo-Australian trio.

Hollowstar – 7 pm The Dev

Hollowstar takes inspiration from Blackstone Cherry, Thunder and Slash. Their new single “All I Gotta Say” embodies the band’s well-established sound, building from a foundation of classic rock that combines solid lyrics and a succinct form of storytelling. The band will also be hitting the road alongside the legendary Graham Bonnet on his forthcoming UK tour in August.

The Bad Flowers – 6:30 pm The Fiddler’s Elbow

Hard rocking British trio The Bad Flowers recently released their new album Starting Gun and have been deservedly receiving frequent airplay on Planet Rock Radio. Hailing from the Midlands the band has an almost vintage Black Sabbath sound with a contemporary twist. As a trio, the group can make more noise than most bands with twice as many members.

Wherever you end up this weekend, Camden Rocks is set to be an incredible day of live music for all. Grab the very last remaining tickets now whilst they are still available from https://camdenrocksfestival.com/ where you can also find the full line-up and all festival information.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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