Camden Crawl 2009

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2009 Camden Crawl – London

VV Brown played to a packed basement at the Constitution Pub to celebrate Island Records’ 50 year anniversary. She paid homage to the label that gave us the likes of Bob Marley and U2 with a stunning acoustic set. Pic: PA Photos

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Little Boots play the Camden Crawl 2009

Little Boots opened up the Roundhouse on Saturday (April 25) with some tracks off her forthcoming album ‘Hands’ as well as blog favourites ‘Stuck On Repeat’ and ‘New In Town’. Wearing a sparkly dress, she seemed overwhelmed by the number of people that had shown up, remarking “there’s so many of you”. Pic: Richard Johnson

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2009 Camden Crawl – London

Madness embarked on a bit of a tour during this years Camden Crawl, hovering between venues via their topless tour bus. The Londoners began with a stripped-down busk outside the Roundhouse until moving on to two acoustic gigs at the Dublin Castle and Edinburgh Castle Venues. Finally, Suggs and his bandmates ended their evening by parking opposite the Camden Market and performing their final full show of the evening. Pic: PA Photos

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Crawlers bask in an unseasonably hot weekend sun this year during the hottest April on record. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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The Camden Crawl after party.

The Libertines

Carl Barat, Babyshambles and La’s front man Lee Mavers all took to the Dingwalls stage in the early hours of Sunday morning to play a secret gig. After being joined onstage by yet more guests, this time Jon McClure and Anthony Rossomando, the gang burst into the Libertines classics “Time for Heroes” and “What A Waster” for which McClure provided backing vocals. Pic: Richard Johnson

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S*C*U*M Play the Camden Crawl 2009

London band SCUM played on both days of this year’s event (April 25 and 26). Beginning their weekend of massacre musical mayhem, the Londoners played the Black Cap on the first night of the event and hit the Camden Rock on Day Two for an afternoon set. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The Camden Crawl after party.

Lee Mavers was not the only surprise appearance alongside Babyshambles at this year’s Camden Crawl. Jon McClure, Carl Barat, Anthony Rossomando and rapper Lowkey all joined them onstage to play as supergroup Mongrel, who treated the small crowd to a secret performance at 2am at the Dingwalls venue. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The Chapman Family play the Camden Crawl 2009

The Chapman Family hit the Camden Crawl 2009. The band are opening up for the NME Radar tour with La Roux, Magistrates and Heartbreak, which kicks off this week. Head to www.nme.com/newmusic/tour for more details. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Art Brut play the Camden Crawl 2009

With new album ‘Art Brut Vs Satan’ released only days ago, Friday night gave Eddie Argos and his band mates a chance to really give their new material a good going over. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The View play the Camden Crawl 2009

The Roundhouse saw The View perform to a packed house once again as they played songs from their two albums. Joined on stage midway through by the Dirty Pretty Strings, Falconer and his buddies performed an acoustic take on ‘Distant Doubloon’ soon followed by crowd-pleasers ‘Face For The Radio’ and ‘Superstar Tradesman’.  Pic: Richard Johnson

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Kasabian play the Camden Crawl 2009

Kasabian’s Tom Meighan as the band closed the Camden Crawl at the Roundhouse on Saturday night (April 26). The psych-rockers showcased some material from their forthcoming third album including Vlad the Impaler’, followed by a fistful of classics from their back catalogue which included ‘Club Foot’ and ‘Empire’. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Art Brut play the Camden Crawl 2009

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Chew Lips were one of the first out of the traps at the weekend. Their gig at the Earl Of Camden saw frontwoman Tigs clambering onto the bar to dance during ‘Toro’. Not satisfied with hindering the bar staff, she continued her rampage by shouting at a handful of punters, “Shut up at the back! It’s really boring listening to you!” Pic: Tim Cochrane

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This wasn’t the only ‘Squeeze’ of the weekend. New York hopefuls The Virgins paid respect to the ’70s London band as they closed their set with ‘Up The Junction’ during their performance at the Roundhouse. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Kitty Daisy And Lewis performed their swinging ’50s rock’n’roll knee jerkers on both days of the event. After playing Dingwalls on the Saturday they took to the stage at St. Michael’s to play their final show at 2.30pm. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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A hen party gets lost in Camden during the Crawl chaos last weekend (April 25 and 26). Unlike SXSW in Texas, the streets remain open during the event, meaning festival-goers intermingle with traffic and locals. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Graham Coxon popped down to his local boozer on the second evening of the event as he played a surprise show at The Spead Eagle pub. As soon as word spread about the Blur guitarist and his spontaneous performance the pub was forced to shut its doors due to a tidal wave of fans. Coxon played a seven-song set, and during ‘If You Want Me’ he managed to play so loudly that the pub’s light fittings fell out from the ceiling. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq does a spot of compering at the Dublin Castle during this years crawl. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Everyone’s favourite folktronic genius James Yuill played at the 2009 Camden Crawl at the weekend. Check out NME next week for the full verdict on the two-day shindig. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Daytime gigs, night-time gigs, street exhibitions, poetry readings, short films and after-show parties, and even bingo and karaoke were all available at the event. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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2009’s Camden Crawl saw thousands of punters pack into 40 venues in the north London borough, from KOKO in the south to the Roundhouse at the northern end. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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It wasn’t just madness and a few desperate unsigned bands that played their own gigs outdoors at the Camden Crawl… Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Von Bondies make a welcome return to London, playing tracks from their third album ‘Love, Hate And Then Theres You’. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Karen O was as flamboyant as ever during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Roundhouse show. Dressed in a shiny black dress and blue shawl she kept her crowd interaction to a minimum aside from the obligatory scream of “Camden!” Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Kitty Daisy And Lewis at their first venue of the weekend, Dingwalls. The five-piece hopscotched through a cluster of chirpy, modern swing monologues that proved as slick as their haircuts. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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150 acts took part at the largest ever Camden Crawl this year. For the full verdict, check out next week’s NMEs Live section. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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More fancy-dressed punters sweltering in the weekend heat. The 2009 Camden Crawl took place over the weekend (April 25 and 26) in north London. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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The Camden Roundhouse played host to some of the Crawl’s most successful shows. Kasabian, The View, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hockey all graced the stage over the weekend, not to mention a surprise performance by Idlewild who replaced The Enemy after the Coventry trio had to cancel their set due to illness. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Baddies hit Camden at the weekend. For a free track by the band, head over to the Daily Download blog on www.nme.com/blogs. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs thumped through 10 songs during their set at this year’s event, including ‘Art Star’ which dates back to the beginning of their career. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Queues formed as the night approached and the headliners started taking to the various stages around the town. Even rock stars didn’t get special privileges this time round, as Adam Ficek of Babyshambles found out. The drummer was spotted peering into the window of the Spread Eagle pub to try and catch a glimpse of Graham Coxon’s surprise solo show. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Portland’s Hockey warmed up the Roundhouse crowd on the first night of the event. Their fun-filled electro-pop set began at 9.30pm as they opened with ‘Work’ and continued to dance their way through with songs like ‘3am’ and ‘Learn To Lose’. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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KOKO saw an invasion of Echo And The Bunnymen fans on Friday (April 25) as Ian McCulloch’s gang headlined the Camden Crawl.

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Echo And The Bunnymen’s headline set on Friday (April 24) saw them run through their back catalogue, ripping out tracks like ‘The Killing Moon, ‘Lips Like Sugar’ and ‘Seven Seas’ as well as a song from their forthcoming new album called ‘Think I Need It To’.

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