Review: Camden Crawl 2009

Ah! A day in. Finally! I’ve been out all day every day since Tuesday. Here is a recap of my Camden Crawl experience….


The super lovely Rich from The Line Of Best Fit kindly organized me and writer Pete some passes. I met up with Pete and there was only 1 act on the lineup that I really wanted to see. One (of the many) problems with this festival is that almost all the bands are British, so I’ve already seen all the ones I would be interested in seeing before. So, after some milling around we headed to The Good Mixer where there was a Fake DIY fringe event. Alessi was playing at 7 and we were a bit early so we sat down a while. I’ve never been there before, photographer Sonny forewarned me that it would smell of vomit, and he was right. If your pub smelled of vomit wouldn’t you buy someĀ Febreze or something? Anyway, we sat and waited and then Alessi came. She played a short set and there was lots of chatter at the back but it was beautiful as usual. She played a new song which sounded particularly made of win. After her set we thought we better try and catch some other bands before we go for more Alessi. In the end we just went to the Jazz Cafe. The place was pretty full in the stage area, so we sat at the side. Not my thing in the slightest, I sat there thinking about how brilliant this festival would be if Wildbirds & Peacedrums were playing. Oh, Wildbirds… always invading my reviews of other shows.

When Man Like Me ended the crowd vacated and Pete and I made our move to the front. The lights weren’t very good and the stage was about waist height, so I anticipated shooting wouldn’t be very fun. The show earlier was just Alessi solo and this time it was with The Ark. Alessi opened solo with The Witch which seems to be my favourite song these days, then she was joined by the rest of the band. They played for longer than the earlier show and they sounded brilliant. The crowd seemed to be into it too. After the show we went and sat in some toilet upstairs with Alessi and Ben from Mumford and Sons came by. They were meant to be playing later but were forced to cancel…

Then, to cut a long story short, we just went about with Alessi and her non-violent gang for the rest of the night. We tried to see The Joy Formidable at The Monarch but they were cancelled, and the place was packed anyway. Peggy Sue were sitting outside, I would have liked to have seen them too but they overlapped with Alessi. I’ve liked them alot since they played at Union Chapel and were ridiculously brilliant. So it was a nice evening, but we didn’t catch any more bands. Pete and I resolved to catch more on Saturday.


We picked up our wristbands from the Roundhouse and then went and sat on photographer Sonny’s roof and made a plan. Our planning was ultimately useless and we only caught two bands. We headed to the Enterprise to catch Banjo Or Freakout. I’ve been meaning to see them for a while and I actually enjoyed their set. They do some really energetic and playful drumming, which obviously reminded me of a certain Swedish band. It was really fun to watch and I thought their brief set was brilliant. Then it was Alessi. She played Robot and said it was for me and Pete. She messed it up and had the capo in the wrong place, so she started again. It was very very sweet and lovely. The set was similar to the one they played yesterday but it was equally wonderful. When they were finished a girl started speaking to us and gushing about how amazing Alessi is, which is good because I also like to gush about how amazing she is. So after the set we said bye to Alessi and tried to catch some more bands.

We went to Dublin Castle and there was a huge queue, and there was an epic queue outside Electric Ballroom too. We tried the Monarch but we couldn’t see a thing. It was a bit ridiculous, and I’m glad I didn’t pay for a ticket otherwise I would have been quite annoyed at all the bands I’d be missing due to queueing. Then Alessi and her gang happened by and we tried to find somewhere to go but there was even a queue for Wetherspoons. We went in the same place as yesterday and Alessi got me another OJ. Alessi provided my OJ and live music fix for the past 2 days. What an amazing person. Good thing she was playing this festival otherwise we probably wouldn’t have much to do. She also gave me this meal in one bar thing that has all your vitamins and stuff in it. Wowee.

So after more meandering we went home and I fell asleep pretty much instantly. I think going out all day and not having any food just makes you super sleepy and lethargic. It sucks because everything feels slow and it feels a bit too much like the song The Ones That Should Save Me Get Me Down by Wildbirds & Peacedrums. This coming week is quieter so it will be nice to rest.

To conclude, Alessi is an amazing, amazing talented musician and person and you should go see her play. Everyone who I’ve brought to see her have all loved her and I’m sure you’d love her too. Listen listen listen, go go go!

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8 Responses to Review: Camden Crawl 2009

  1. samc83 April 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    Anika glad you had a good two days. Well yesterday was immense. I was there at 9.15 yes 9.15. 1 hour 45 mins before the doors opened. I was the first one there. I saw quite a few artists. The Myspace Bus near the roundhouse had some good artists. I saw Tommy Sparks, Elviin, Little Boots and VV Brown there. I also caught The King Blues at the constitution then in the evening it was the xx at the black tup, peggy sue at the monarch and marina and the diamonds at the enterprise. I would deffo do it again

    • anikainlondon April 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks, Sam! Sounds like you had a good time too :)

      • samc83 April 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

        I hate bands that clash with one another but it was only to be expected lol

  2. Becca April 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    You know, I saw Alessi at an impromptu show in Omaha of all places a little over a year ago. It was opening for Bowerbirds and Coyote Bones I believe, but it was really odd. I had heard her and really liked her, and had only heard vaguely of Bowerbirds. I had just flown into Omaha after a 6am flight and wasn’t sure if I was up for a show and drove by the venue and saw the marquee saying Coyote Bones and Alessi were also playing. So I went and it was such a lowkey show. It was only David from Coyote Bones playing solo, and it seemed as if Alessi had been some sort of last minute addition. It was as if she didn’t even want to get up there, but David and some other Omaha musicians encouraged her and cheered her on. It was really quite adorable.
    Anyways, my stupid ass got exhausted after those two acts and went back to my hotel, missing Bowerbirds. I then came to LOVE them 2 months later. Stupid stupid.

    • anikainlondon April 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

      That sounds awesome. Alessi is so sweet and charming live, I think she wins over ever crowd she plays to. And whatever happened to Coyote Bones? Are they still a band? I liked them.

      • Becca May 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

        Yes! I think they are back in ATL now and are actually opening for Man Man and Cursive there tonight I think. If I wasn’t so broke I would totes be there.

  3. The Daily Growl April 26, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    Haha amusingly the dude who is Banjo or Freakout is called Alessio Natalizia. So that means that the only people who you liked at the Camden Crawl were the ones with ‘Alessi’ in their name…

    • anikainlondon April 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

      Hah! Yeah, we really failed at seeing a variety of bands… oh well, quality > quantity!

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