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Frank advice: festival to offer support for musicians

05 May, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Frank Turner is bringing Lost Evenings, a four-day festival, to Camden’s Roundhouse. PHOTO: JUSTINE TRICKETT

BRIT-FOLK singer Frank Turner has a long history with Camden.

He has played in venues all over the borough for many years and was very much part of the Nambucca, Flowerpot, Wheelbarrow musician crowd as they migrated from Holloway Road to Camden and back.

Now, he is bringing Lost Evenings, a four-day festival of gigs, panels and workshops celebrating live music, and teaming up with OneFest to provide support and advice for musicians and industry professionals at the Roundhouse.

It takes place between May 12 and 15, and culminates in four concerts curated and headlined by Turner with specially selected support acts. Opening the festival on the Friday (May 12), Turner & The Sleeping Souls will perform Last Minutes and Lost Evenings – a greatest hits set – with support from AJJ and New Pagans. This is followed on Saturday (May 13), with Turner marking the 10th anniversary of debut album, Sleep Is For The Week, by performing it in full. Seth Lakeman and Anglo/Scottish duo Deux Furieuses will support.

On the Sunday (May 14) Turner resurrects Nambucca’s infamous former club night, Sensible Sundays, and brings in close friend and musical hero Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit, with Camden folk-poet and singer, Nambucca’s own Beans On Toast, opening the show.

Closing the festival on May 15, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls play their second greatest hits set, uniting with BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and his Label Of Love night to feature talent from Xtra Mile Recordings. Skinny Lister and Will Varley support.

Over on the second stage, named the Nick Alexander Stage – in memory of merchandise manager and long-time friend of Frank, who was tragically killed in the Bataclan attack in 2015 – will be a line-up of some of the best emerging acts, hand-picked by Frank and Radio X’s John Kennedy.

Friday’s bill has Crows, Bloody Knees and Moses; Saturday has Young Romance, Bless and Guise; Sunday hosts Louise Distras, Lewis Bootle and Uri Sade and Monday features Xtra Mile acts Ben Marwood, Ducking Punches (solo) and Non Canon.

As well as the evening performances, non-profit organisation OneFest will run a selection of daytime events that include panels focusing on “The Business”, “Women & The Industry”, “Getting Gigs”, “Mental Health”, “Digital Generation”, “How To Access Funding”, “Working In Live Events” and “Festivals” and a keynote speech from Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney – plus much more.

The full programme of events aimed at offering inspiration, insight and advice to young people operating in and trying to break into the music industry can be found at

The OneFest element will be part-produced by six young adults aged 18-25 who are undergoing specialist programmes within the music industry, designed and run by professional development organisation The Hub.

Away from the Roundhouse, a number of satellite events entitled Last Minutes are planned across the four days, at various venues in Camden. The Hawley Arms, The Monarch, Lock Tavern and Dingwalls will host special intimate live performances, late-night DJ sets, after-parties, meet-ups and food deals.

On the Saturday afternoon at The Monarch, Xtra Mile present live music from Sam Duckworth (Get Cape, Wear Cape Fly) and Rob Lynch. On the Saturday night Frank Turner and Sam Duckworth will DJ at The Big One at Dingwalls with a live set from Koo Koo Kangaroo.

On the Sunday, Dingwalls hosts a Strummerville all-dayer featuring Alfie Jackson, Gemma Rogers, Jack Chard, Tom Bright, Emily Capell and Sean McGowan, while The Lock Tavern gathers together the original DJs from Nambucca’s Sensible Sunday, featuring Danny Varley, Tom Frog and Joei Supernova. Then, on the Monday, The Monarch hosts Frank In Film, an assortment of live shows and videos shown on the big screen all day with a Safe Gigs For Women Pub Quiz at 3pm.

Visit for the full line-up.


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