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Feeder lead a tasty line-up at Camden Rocks

With bands appearing across 25 venues, festival founder offers some top tips on acts to look out for

28 April, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Feeder – ‘Seeing them live makes you remember how many good songs they’ve written over the years’

THERE’S just over a month to go until the Camden Rocks festival returns (June 3) to take over 25 venues, this year with a massive line-up featuring more than 250 acts. If you’re having trouble making up your mind who to see, festival founder Chris McCormack has given us his top picks for the day…

Feeder: “I love Grant’s voice, he has a great tone. I saw them play in Southampton a few weeks ago and they were on fire. Seeing them live makes you remember how many good songs they’ve written over the years. Not many bands can have a 20-year career and still be current.”

Pulled Apart By Horses: “A big, powerful rock band that have so much energy on stage. They literally put everything they have into their live shows so they’re the perfect band to play Camden Rocks festival.”

Moses: “The best new band around, in my opinion. They’ve spent this year touring with Feeder, Jimmy Eat World, The Enemy, The Virginmarys and Ash, so they’re growing all the time as a live band and building up a solid fanbase. Their new single is coming out on Propaganda Records leading into the festival.”

The Virginmarys: “I have no idea why this band aren’t huge. They’ve written some massive songs and are brilliant live. They have a huge sound for a three-piece band – definitely try to catch them if you can! One of the best rock bands in the country, in my opinion.”

Hands Off Gretel: “Great female-fronted grunge band from Yorkshire. They’ve done a few shows for me in various venues around Camden this year and they’ve killed it every time. 2018 could be their year. A really promising new band and they look great.”

The Damned (above): “One of the first bands I saw live back in Newcastle. I grew up listening to The Damned and The Sex Pistols, so it’s fantastic to actually have them play on their 40th anniversary. They’re going to do a special punk set which I’m very excited about. A huge influence.”

Turbowolf: “Another band that goes nuts on stage with a ton of energy. They’ve played the festival a few times. I remember they took the roof off at The Monarch a few years ago when they headlined it. The venue was dripping with sweat afterwards. Total Chaos!”

The Professionals: “This is the band ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook formed when they broke up back in the day. They’ve recently reformed and are working on a new album which is incredible. This is a real treat.”

Blackwaters: “A very young band that have been working with Carl Barat in the studio recently. They’re like a young punky Libertines, with the same management, and they’re playing some shows with them later in the year. Really exciting band to watch out for and I’m sure with Carl’s influence they’ll do really well.”

Glam Skanks: Four good-time rock ’n’ roll girls from Los Angeles, they’re coming over to do the Adam Ant tour and sticking around to play the festival. They look so much fun from what I’ve seen of them online. Full-on glam- rock.”

Best of the rest: “We’re going to do a huge after-show party this year at Koko until 3am for all the bands and punters to hang out together and celebrate the day. I’d also recommend checking out Inklings, the new band of Kier from Fearless Vampire Killers. Another band I booked last minute is White Trash, that consist of members of Turbowolf and The Computers – they sound great. Also, I’d go see Asylums, Rews, Yonaka, When We Were Wolves and October Drift.”

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