Awake from your Christmas party slumber, we’re back with our first announcement for Camden Rocks Festival 2017!
First to be announced out of what will be a 250 band bill are punk legends The Damned, stoner rock giants Orange Goblin, and The Ruts DC. They’ll be joined by Hey! Hello!, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Young Kato, Stone Broken, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits, MOSES, Screaming Eagles, Imperial Leisure, Habitats, The Main Grains, Courage My Love, Black Orchid Empire, MassMatiks, Hands Off Gretel, Fizzy Blood, Broken Witt Rebels, Forte, Stereo Juggernaut, Black Sixteen, Lucie Barat & The Au Revoirs, HVMM, Halflives, Weirds, Frauds, Alana Bondi, Itamar, Oxygen Thief, The Franklys, CUTE CUTE DEΔTH, Heel, The Kut, & Secret Cameras.
Festival Boss Chris McCormack is (literally!) ecstatic to have such a legendary punk band like The Damned playing Camden Rocks Festival this year, especially on what will be the 40th anniversary of Punk. “They were one of the first bands I saw play live up in Newcastle, and a band I’ve seen more than any other – a huge inspiration.” Ahead of their headline set at the Electric Ballroom, The Damned’s Captain Sensible reveals, “Camden Market is partially responsible for the sartorial disaster that is Captain Sensible, as I’ve purchased more stage clobber there than anywhere else. And Camden was punk central in the 70s too so in some respects The Damned playing Camden Rocks is a return to the scene of the crime. We’ll probably time-warp the set list to reflect the 40th Anniversary of punk, so expect a lively one!”
“It must be the most vibrant of local festivals in London,” adds Segs of The Ruts DC “loads of great bands and loads of lovely people bringing even more life to the heart of Camden Town. Having attended, enjoyed and played as guests in various bands over the years, The Ruts DC are very excited to be playing Camden Rocks in 2017 in their own right!”
“Orange Goblin are absolutely chuffed to be a part of Camden Rocks Festival 2017!” vocalist and guitarist Ben Ward adds. “Camden has always been our musical home since the very early days, playing at venues like The Dublin Castle, The Monarch and the old Barfly, right through our career to places that have become like a second home to us, such as The Underworld and The Electric Ballroom. Camden is still the epicentre of the London music scene and Camden Rocks showcases the very best bands from all styles of music. Next June we will be bringing our brand of heavy metal thunder to The Electric Ballroom, along with hundreds of other bands across every venue and turning Camden into THE place to be, again, no matter what your musical tastes may be. See you there!”
As always this year we’ll be bringing you the best high-energy guitar bands we can get our hands on, along with all the best new bands we find through our Camden Rocks Presents shows we put on throughout the year in the lead up. This year we’ve added the legendary Camden venue KOKO to the already sterling line up of Camden venues. 2017 venues include: Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Camden Market Amphitheatre, Dingwalls, Proud, Camden Assembly, The Black Heart, The Monarch, The Forge, The Crowndale, Dublin Castle, Devonshire Arms, Irish Centre, Dingwalls Canal side, Bloc Bar, Hawley Arms, Good Mixer, Brew Dog, Fifty Five, Be At One & Winnicott.
We’re also over the moon to have The Kraken Rum back on board as our main event partner for Camden Rocks Festival 2017. The Kraken has been responsible for fuelling the bellies of artists and festival goers alike for many a year with the power of the Kraken and an encounter at Camden Rocks Festival would not be the same without them!
Super-early-bird tickets sold out immediately when released following the 2016 event. A limited number of early bird tickets are now available at £35 (subject to booking fees), when these are gone tickets will be on sale at the general sale price of £39.50 (subject to booking fees). Tickets can be purchased via our website here.