- 2013 line-up, news, rumours and our predictions
- 2012 line-up, news, rumours and our predictions
- 2011 line-up and past line-up highlights
- History and facts
- Music stages and other entertainment
- On Site Information
- Food and drink
- Drugs at the festival
- Travel & Accommodation
- Festival Contact and ticket information
- Contacts and enquiries
The Camden Crawl is a three day festival, which is not only seen as the start of the UK festival season, but is also regarded as in important showcasing event for new and rising live music acts, from both the UK and the rest of the world.
Meteor Camden Crawl Dublin have an incredible collection of acts confirmed for the festival this May Bank Holiday Weekend!
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN * THE BLACK LIPS * HOLY OTHER * DIRTY BEACHES * FIONN REGAN * FIGHT LIKE APES * NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
AMATEUR BEST * BANTUM * BIG DEAL * CLOUD CASTLE LAKE * CONCRETE KNIVES * DARKSTAR * EAGULLS * FORRESTS * GALLOPS * HEATHERS * JOSEPHINE * KOOL THING * LANTERNS ON THE LAKE * LE GALAXIE (DJ SET) * NANU NANU * NO CEREMONY/// * O EMPEROR * PAWS * THE PICTISH TRAIL * PRINCE RAMA * PVT * SHIPS * SLEEP THIEVES * SQUAREHEAD * THE SPOOK OF THE THIRTEENTH LOCK * STUBBORN HEART * THREE TRAPPED TIGERS * TOBY KAAR * TROPICS * WE CUT CORNERS * VERSECHORUSVERSE * WE WERE EVERGREEN * WIFE * WINDINGS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
ADULTROCK * THE ALTERED HOURS * AMATEUR HISTORIANS * ARROWS OF LOVE * BOUTS * THE CASANOVA WAVE * CIAN NUGENT & THE COSMOS * COME ON LIVE LONG * CROUPIER * DAITHI * DOGS * DOTT * ELAINE MAI * FAUNE * GHOSTS * GIRL BAND * GROUSE * HIDDEN HIGHWAYS * THE HOLY ROMAN ARMY * :HOUNDS: * HUNK * I'M YOUR VINYL * INNI-K * KID CANAVERAL * KID KARATE * LEANNE HARTE * LEMONADA * LIZA FLUME * LOW SEA * MARGIE LEWIS * MIRACLE BELL * MOSSY NOLAN * THE NOTAS * ORLA GARTLAND * ORQUESTA * OVERHEAD, THE ALBATROSS * OWENSIE * PETER DELANEY * SCHOOL TOUR * SKELOCRATS * SLOW SKIES * SO COW * SOIL CREEP * SWORDS * TERRIERS * UNWINDING CABLES * WHITE COLLAR BOY * YAWNING CHASM
Bankers Comedy Club AL PORTER * CHRIS KENT * CHRISTIANE O'MAHONEY * COLM TYRRELL * DARREN MAHER * MARCUS O'LAOIRE * NIAMH MARRON * PETER O'BYRNE * TOM 'THE BEAR' O'MAHONEY
Boom! at the Swan Bar ALISON SPITTLE * DANNY DOWLING * GILES BRODY & COLIN CHADWICK * RONAN GRACE * TOMIE JAMES * TREVOR BROWNE
Uncurable Laughter GARY LYNCH * GREG MARKS * PADSER MURRAY * TOMMY NICHOLSON
The festival will kick off with an action packed Opening Night Party on the eve of the full blown Crawl. Montreal based Dirty Beaches led by prolific multi-instrumentalist Alex Zhang Hungtai will headline the Friday night festivities. Supporting their brand new album out in May, the critically acclaimed band will make their first European stop in Dublin before heading to London for their performance at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP I Will Be Your Mirror festival. Completing the bill at Whelans on 3rd May will be Meteor Choice Award nominees windings, hyped US/UK boy girl duo Big Deal and London’s Tropics plus very special guests still to be announced. Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday 22nd March priced at €20.00 (excl booking fee) and will be available from Entertainment.ie/tickets and the wavtickets.ie.
The line ups for the individual venues curated by some of the top tastemakers from the Irish Music Industry from DJ’s to independent promoters and media moguls. Full individual venue line ups and running orders will be available from the festival website from 1st April
2013 line-up, news, rumours and our predictions
The festival will kick off with an action packed Opening Night Party on the eve of the full blown Crawl. Montreal based Dirty Beaches led by prolific multi-instrumentalist Alex Zhang Hungtai will headline the Friday night festivities. Supporting their brand new album out in May, the critically acclaimed band will make their first European stop in Dublin before heading to London for their performance at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP I Will Be Your Mirror festival. Completing the bill at Whelans on 3rd May will be Meteor Choice Award nominees windings, hyped US/UK boy girl duo Big Deal and London’s Tropics plus very special guests still to be announced.
The event will be moved to October with organiser Lisa Paulon stating this to Camden New Journal:
"The main reason we have chosen dates in October is because we decided to go back to our original dates from the ‘90’s when the festival first launched in 1995. When we brought the Crawl back in 2005 we moved it to the spring to tie it in to a London live promoters conference, but this didn’t really work. As there were absolutely no other events of this nature at that time and no other music festivals in the spring, we kept it there."
"Now, eight years later, there are more than 20 multi-venue city events in London and across the country based on the Camden Crawl model which take place over the first May bank holiday weekend. Due to this over-saturation, and the fact poor replications of our idea have watered down the original concept, we have decided to make some major changes to shake things up a bit and move away from the pack. For this reason, we are playing our cards quite close to our chest for the moment. The next Crawl event will take place in mid/late October and full details will be revealed in about six weeks' time."
2012 line-up, news, rumours and our predictions
Death In Vegas, The Cribs, Alabama 3, Glasvegas, The Futureheads, The Raincoats, Gaz Coombes, And So I Watch You From Afar, Actress, Spector, Clock Opera are amongst the live music acts to be confirmed. Comedy highlights include Andre Vincent, Andrew Maxwell and Chris Coltrane.To read the full programme and to keep with the live music act and comedy announcements, click here.
We reviewed the festival here
2011 line-up and past line-up highlights
Camden Crawl 2011 line-up included artists such as, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, The View, Gallops, Graham Coxon, Guillemots, Hadouken!, Lethal Bizzle, Razorlight, Simian Mobile Disco, Tinchy Stryder, plus many more. To find out about past line-ups, you can click here.
The festival is now held in both Dublin city centre and Camden Town, the cultural hotspot of the London Borough of Camden, the price of one ticket allows attendees access to all official and fringe event & venues taking place in the cities.
Although live music is the main attraction, there is also an extensive fringe programme of comedy, spoken word, film, theatre, visual arts, karaoke, craft workshops, pop quizzes and more.
History and facts
Launching the UK festival season each spring since 1995, London’s award winning Camden Crawl added its very first sibling event, CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN, to its festival repertoire in 2012. Known as a calendar fixture renowned for showcasing the forthcoming year's most hotly tipped live music artists to sell out audiences, the festival has, over the years, showcased each of the following artists early in their careers: Mogwai, Beth Orton, Snow Patrol, Hot Chip, Maximo Park, The Cribs, Mystery Jets, Plan B, Klaxons, Maccabees, Guillemots, Paolo Nutini, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Friendly Fires, Kate Nash, Example, Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Professor Green, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Kano, Noah & The Whale , The XX, The Temper Trap, The Drums, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B, Maverick Sabre and the list goes on.
There have also been many surprise appearances by huge artists at the event. Classic moments include Madness' busking tour of Camden, Amy Winehouse's playing the Dublin Castle and Squeeze performing a secret greatest hits to fifty lucky people upstairs in the Hawley Arms.
In 2010, Camden Crawl won NME's coveted 'Best Small Festival' award voted by NME readers, as well as Best Metropolitan Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2012 at the UK Festival Awards.
The event prides itself in making live music and the arts affordable and accessible to everyone and, equally, aims to grow community between the artists appearing, fans and the independent promoters behind the scenes. In order to do so, the Crawl maintains a policy to democratically book talent via a diverse committee of UK tastemakers and promote its artists on a level playing field.
And, to further enhance exposure for performers and create unique value for punters, the ticket price includes a free download compilation album, magazine and programme guide featuring the talent appearing at the festival.
Music stages and other entertainment
The next Camden Crawl will take place in Dublin, Ireland from Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th May 2013. It will feature more than 15 live music and comedy stages with over 150 cutting edge artists performing across the weekend. Each stage will be curated by an eclectic panel of Ireland's most esteemed promoters, DJs, record labels and media. For full programme details visit our website camdencrawldublin.com/line-up.
On Site Information
Age Access: This is a strictly 18+ Event.
Disabled Access: Care has been taken to make the event as accessible for everyone, disabled ticket holders will receive a complimentary ticker for their carers. It’s best to drop an info[at]camdencrawl.com for further details on this, making sure you put ‘Disabled Access Query’ in the subject line.
Food and drink
Due to the multi-venue nature of the festival, there is an endless choice of alcohol with ranging prices, as well as numerous food and drinks stalls and stores around.
Drugs at the festival
Drugs are prohibited from the festival and drinking on the streets can result in a £500 fine. There will be police present at Camden Crawl.
Travel & Accommodation
Full travel & accommodation information can be found at camdencrawldublin.com/tickets
Festival Contact and ticket information
All tickets include a free programming guide, compilation album and entrance to all venues and events.
Contacts and enquiries
Official website: thecamdencrawl.com
General Enquiries: email us!
Artist Applications: If you are interested in applying perform at Camden Crawl, you can do say by visiting the ‘Artist Applications’ section under the ‘Info’ page on their main website. We have finished accepting applications for Dublin, but will continue accepting for the Camden Crawl London until the end of April.