Sam Sparro plays debut UK show at Camden Crawl

Music festival takes over the famous London borough

Sam Sparro kicked off one of the biggest gigs at this year’s Camden Crawl yesterday (April 18) with the opening slot at the Electric Ballroom venue.

The gig, which began at 6pm (BST), was Sparro’s first in the UK. He was wearing thick-rimmed white glasses, a black and turquoise poncho and shiny leggings.

Sparro thrilled the rammed venue by playing a slew of disco-pop songs, with fans whooping as he manically danced around the stage, before ending his set with current single ’Black And Gold’.


Meanwhile, Cage The Elephant‘s early evening show at the Earl Of Camden saw queues around the block as people tried to get into the show.

The Camden Crawl allows ticket holders to move between venues in NW1 throughout the festival, although the popularity of some bands meant that some waiting was required.

Playing a half hour set of scuzzy rhythm and blues Cage The Elephant got down and dirty with the crowd, with lead singer Matt Schultz leaning into the mosh pit at the front.

In the middle of the set Schultz climbed onto the speakers and made his way down the bar, singing into the microphone while fans crowd-surfed towards the stage. Having made his way safely back to the rest of his band Schultz then dived head first into the sweaty throng.

The singer careered towards the floor, with only his feet visible for a moment as he disappeared into the crowd, before returning to the stage. Schultz appeared to have almost lost a shoe in the incident, explaining: “Fuck, I thought I’d have to walk around the rest of the day with just one shoe!”

With the set finished Cage The Elephant decided to leave the stage by walking through the crowd – with some band members attempting to crowd surf towards the door.


Over in the Barfly, The Shortwave Set were watched by among others Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse, who produced the British band’s second album, ’Replica Sun Machine’.

The event continues tonight (April 19) with the likes of The Wombats, Future Of The Left and Crystal Castles set to play.