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 some 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!