You may have heard, Dublin imports an English idea and runs with it this weekend.
Camden Crawl Dublin features an unfeasibly large number of acts (100 and counting) spread over 15 venues and the next two days.
To help you navigate the choppy waters of musical overload, we asked our people on the frontline to provide some pointers for the festival.
Full running order available later today on www.camdencrawldublin.com.
**P.S. Read the first of our reviews of the weekend here, with glorious techicolour photo images –
Bouts - buzzed up, thrashy and melodic; one of the best live bands I’ve seen in ages, Irish or otherwise, with a handful of instant classics.
As hard as it is to choose just one band that I’m looking forward to at Camden Crawl Dublin, that band would have to be Clock Opera and anyone that saw their progressively intense performance at Cyprus Avenue last December would say the same – Just check out Lesson No.7.
Why, why, why? Dublin band after Dublin band after Dublin band. Most of these kids have been on the scene about five minutes, have a good contact and suddenly they’re on the line up? What about the other 31 counties with bands like Hidden Highways, The Altered Hours, Dirty Diamonds? Bands who aren’t afraid to leave their own county to gig? Anyway…I’m endorsing Belfast based LAFARO because (a) they’re not from Dublin and (b) they’ll blow every Dublin hipster ponce into oblivion. (Not to be taken literally.)
Katie Kim – Katie Sullivan’s idiosyncratic, almost whispered vocals are truly magnetising in a live setting, the mystique and complexity of which are only added to by the use of reverb and layer-building loop pedals.
Ghostpoet – A wonderful mix of social commentary and jazzy live leanings without the heavy handedness one might assume from that pairing. An aural celebration of the joy of performing and an engaging artist!
One recommendation and one sentence is rather tough for Camden Crawl… But I’d recommend/love to see Funeral Suits, because they’re just the right amount of rock – containing soothing electronica and eerie guitar sounds – along with lovely hypnotic vocals.
Le Galaxie to kick things off with some uplifting tunes for dancing on the Friday night; and Katie Kim on the Saturday – don’t miss the opportunity to hear some of the tracks off Cover & Flood live, if you haven’t already.
If I had the good fortune of attending the Camden Crawl this weekend I would most definitely check out the awesome Katie Kim – described as ethereal, ambient folk pop, this remarkable musician will have you chilled to the max and blown away by a fusion of childlike, husky vocals and atmospheric instrumentation which successfully combines acoustic and electric sounds, helped by an impressive band of seriously talented musicians with whom she has been performing of late.
And So I watch You From Afar – breathtaking musicianship and more importantly, they rock…hard.
I really loved what Melodica Deathship did with ‘Doom your cities, Doom your towns’ because as far as I could see it was original, which to me is the highest honour you can bestow on an artist. Creepy and unusual, cute as well as menacing.
Dutch Uncles jump off the page at me. The Manchester 5-piece’s debut album, Cadenza, was one of the best things released last year, and ‘Fragrant’ one of the best tunes of any year. Literate, smart art pop, seeing as you’re asking.
On the Irish front, SertOne is great live, all twisted beats and sumptuous melodies.