Camden Rocks Festival 2019 – Sunday best of!

As another British summer time rolls around its time for the return of the musical institution that is Camden Rocks. Having founded its success in pioneering young talent and giving young bands a chance to be seen the festival is now in its 10th year and going strong. With so much to offer it was simply impossible to see it all, but what follows is our own best of.
Camden Rocks Festival 2019 poster
We start at The Good Mixer to catch sleazy glam rockers Indya kick off the day’s proceedings. Sounding like a cross between Marilyn Manson and Suzi Quatro, the five piece make one hell of a noise and go over very well with the crowd.
 
A brief wander down Camden Highstreet takes us to The Lounge Nightclub Kolis. Newcomers Youth Illusion are making one hell of a noise, sounding like a punk band crossed with Biffy Clyro.
 
As lunch time passes the crowds are starting to gather for the bigger shows and this afternoon all roads seem to point to the Gabeto venue in the heart of Camden Market.
 
Fast rising four piece JoanovArc have gathered a big crowd for their performance and it’s easy to see why. These ladies take no prisoners with their big riffs and catchy hooks. Whether its playing their charity single “The Girls Wanna Rock” or songs from their new album they never miss a beat. New bassist Keira Kenworthy leads the band into “Down by the River” and the band end their 45 minute set to big applause.
 
After a switch over at Gabeto, Swiss rockers Daxx & Roxane take the stage. A real crowd favourite, the band always play every show as if they’re in an arena. Fine songwriters with a brilliant live show, they’re a band to watch closely.
 
There were some shows we simply couldn’t squeeze in but they were still creating a buzz even from across Camden town. Some that deserve special mention: Hard Rockers Killit played to the overflowing crowds ate The Devonshire Arms while up and coming blues rock stars Bad Touch were said to have packed out The Black Heart with their brand of good time music.
 
A festival truly overflowing with talent and choice, Camden Rocks once again proved the vitality of the rock scene and the importance of getting out and supporting live venues. We can’t wait to see what next year brings.

PS1: Special thx to Valeria Laghezza, Ben Gazey and Peter Noble.

PS2: Joanovarc photos by Arthur Gonzales, Indya photo by George Stergiou, Bad Touch photos by Adam Kennedy and Daxx & Roxane pics by Kriz-p.