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Camden Rocks 2018 Festival Preview

Camden’s quintessential rock and roll festival makes a return on June 2nd, for one day of raucous rock rioting, from some of the finest contemporary artists on the rock scene.

Boasting over 200 bands and more than twenty different venues, Camden‘s multi-venue rock festival mixes the established with the emerging, as well-known artists rub shoulders with those who are just finding their feet on the scene. You had better get planning, seeing as you’ve got over 200 bands to choose from, then!

What Happened Last Year?

The line-up for 2017’s excursion was headed by lemon-cider drinkers, Feeder, who appeared alongside Hoylake’s answer to Merseybeat, The Coral. Punk rockers The Damned got in on the action too, bringing the ruckus to Camden and surrounding areas. NextFest were present at 2017’s Camden Rocks, so be sure to check out our review, right here.

Who’s Playing?

This year sees indie and rock bands spanning several generations and timezones heading to Camden for some Converse shredding. Line-up-wise we have Warp Records‘ favourites, Maximo Park taking one of the top headline spots, with post-punk rioters Public Image Ltd taking the other headline position. The line-up is complete with support arriving in the form of Pop Will Eat ItselfHacktivist and The Men They Couldn’t Hang, who will be dropping in for an acoustic set.

Ones to Watch

Being the ever-helpful bunch that we are here at NextFest, we consistently try to guide you as much as we can so you can make informed decisions about who you’re going to be watching at the next fezzie you attend. So, that is why we have put together a few artists who we think are truly deserving of your attention at 2018’s Camden Rocks festival.


First out of the hat is nineties band, Echobelly, who have seen success since the 1994 release of their debut album, Everyone’s Got One. Their vocalist, Indian-born Sonya Madan, is a joy to behold, and the band have previously been likened to The Smiths and Blondie.

British Sea Power

Also performing at Camden Rocks will be none other than British Sea Power, who will be appearing loaded with classic Sea Power tracks. The Brightonian group have been influenced by a number of well respected acts such as The Cure and Joy Division, so expect jangling guitar music with heaps of melancholy. A brilliant band to watch live, we expect British Sea Power to deliver on all fronts.

Crazy Town

For that added dose of nostalgia, we reckon everyone should head down and catch a bit of Crazy Town. Who doesn’t remember their 2000 hit, Butterfly? The rock-rap posse is now down to 3 members, but that won’t stop them as they make your legs shake and make you go crazy. Hopefully they’ll be thrashing out the ‘extreme version’ of Butterfly.

Urban Voodoo Machine

Our final recommendation comes in the form of country and blues band, Urban Voodoo Machine. You only need to hear their brilliantly gritty rendition of Glen Campbell‘s country classic Rhinestone Cowboy. Get yourself a load of these guys as their grungy take on the classic country sound offers something that little different in terms of festival fayre.

Can I still get tickets?

Tickets are still available for Camden Rocks 2018, but if last year is anything to go by, these are expected to sell out very soon!


Featured Photo Credit: Sandra Sorensen


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