There’s a bloke playing a ukulele in the Camden Eye pub. We don’t know his name, he probably doesn’t have a MySpace account and we’d be surprise if his twitter following has reached double figures yet; but none of these matters.
The Vox Busking Sessions is a golden opportunity for the unknown musical talent to showcase their skills without a panel of judges belittling them on an ITV second-rate entertainment show and this year’s Camden Crawl proves that Britain really does have talent.
If you hunger for established bands the real festival season kicks off next month, but for the true music lovers this urban-festival celebrating its tenth year is a must on your event calendar.
Taking place in over forty locations around the inner city district the organisers of the Camden Crawl have tried their very busy to make sure everyone can enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend fit for a newlywed Prince and Princess. Despite the fact some venues cannot accommodate wheelchair users with ease because of their ageing foundations the prime venues, such as the HMV Forum in Kentish Town and Koko in Camden Town offer satisfied adjustments which disabled people along with their free ticket for their carers can use quite comfortably and we found all the staff genuinely helpful.
Both days are broken in two. Daytime activity includes the Island Records Showcase, a film festival, quizzes and even a Hip Hop Shakespeare session. Rough Trade records have decided to pop-up a record store to carry on Record Shop Day celebrations from two weeks ago, Red Bull have erected an outdoor Jam Arena and a handful of up-and-coming comedians take to the mic for us to sample the new Comedy Crawl which raises a smile for the paying crowd later on in the evenings.
The comedy activity raises a smile with disabled guests moving to downstairs venues this year opposed to the unfunny upper floor areas from previous years.
The Crawl likes to keep a few surprises each year and 2011 was no exception as the patrons visiting the Hawley Arms for a Sunday brunch were treated to an extra course of entertaining nourishment thanks to a live set from Squeeze.
Evening entertainment came from the likes of The View, Guillemots, Miles Kane playing at the Forum sponsored by XFM which was rounded off by The Lemonheads, who unfortunately received a lukewarm send off by refusing to play ‘Mr. Robinson’. Elsewhere around Camden the likes of Saint Etienne, British Sea Power and Simian Mobile Disco could be found playing various packed venues, but it was one band who stole the weekend; the return of Razorlight.
For the VIP’s, crew members and anyone who could blag an exclusive purple wristband the after show party held at the Electric Ballroom gave the Crawl the most triumphant send off the vent has seen in over a decade. Borrell took to the stage at 11.30pm with his new band mates and played an hour of golden oldies and inspiring new tracks (Vertical Woman, If It Bleeds). The set bookended by Rip It Up and America included a note-perfect rendition of ‘Never Met a Girl like You’
Jonny Borrell will undoubtedly become a re-born star this summer as the Razorlight wagon rolls into town again, although a few years ago we expect the young lad could be found in a pub, playing a guitar in front of a few people and acquiring very little results from an Internet’s search engine. It just goes to show a few stars of the future star may played over last weekend on the Camden Crawl and we were there to witness it!
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