Camden Crawl 2008 will continue despite fire

Organisers pledge support to Hawley Arms

The Camden Crawl festival has insisted it will go ahead this year as planned, despite the fire that swept through the area on Saturday (February 9) night.

The north London district was brought to a standstill as around 100 firefighters tackled the blaze, which hit Camden’s market area and severely damage The Hawley Arms pub frequented by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Razorlight and ‘The Mighty Boosh’.

The pub was supposed to be used as a venue on this year’s Camden Crawl (April 18-19), and while affirming this year’s festival will go ahead, organiser Lisa Paulon added her support to the local area.

“Last Saturday’s tragic incident has understandably had a deep impact on those who work, live and frequent the Camden area. We are especially saddened by the extent of the damage wreaked upon The Hawley Arms and the upset and disruption that is has caused to our friends there,” she explained.

“Central to last year’s event, The Hawley was due to host various live events and parties, but will now unfortunately not be included within the festivals,” said Paulon. “No other venues have been effected by the fire and the Camden Crawl will go ahead as planned on April 18 and 19. Camden’s musical history and reputation for breeding new musical talent will continue to be celebrated now more than ever and we are currently looking into ways that the festival will be able to help those affected by the fire.”

Razorlight also backed The Hawley Arms to bounce back while ‘The Mighty Boosh”s Noel Fielding spoke of being in Camden as the fire hit.