VH Camden Rocks - Carl Barat by Lindsay Melbourne

Camden Rocks Festival 2017 – Photo Special

Vulture Hound photographer, Lindsay Melbourne shares some of her best moments from this years Camden Rocks

We’re back at the annual rock fest that is Camden Rocks, an all dayer, 20+ venue festival with over 100 acts of up and coming, unsigned talent with a few bigger names topping the bill. It’s a largely rock orientated festival but all the headliners seem to be some of our indie faves.

We start our day off at The Dublin Castle to catch JOHN and Frauds, a coupling of loud and heavy two pieces, exactly the way you should start a festival at midday. Catch John at The Finsbury on the 22nd of this month….

Frauds – Dublin Castle (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Then it’s on to catch Brixton based Pretty Pistol at All Bar One – female fronted punk four piece. Living up to their reputation they put on a chaotic and powerful show. Normally it’s all the best bands at the end of the day but we’ve hit a good start with these three so far!

PRETTY PISTOL (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

PRETTY PISTOL (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

PRETTY PISTOL (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)
Pretty Pistol – All Bar None (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

After stopping for some grub at Kerb market on the lock we catch the second half of YUNGBLUD. We walked past him by chance at Great Escape festival a few weeks back and only managed to catch the last few notes of his set so it was good to see a bit more this time – think a bit more of a polished Jamie-T and you’re along the right lines. Definitely one to watch, he’s only 19 and he’s already got some big tunes and a wicked backing band.

YUNGBLUD (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

YUNGBLUD (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)
YUNGBLUD – The Good Mixer (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

We then head to the Koko for some indie classics! First up is Carl Barat with his other band The Jackals. He plays an hour set running through most of the Jackals 2015 album Let It Reign – an album unfairly got overlooked and overshadowed by The Libertines comeback, but hearing it live shows it is some of his best material. There’s a few Dirty Pretty Things and Libertines songs are thrown in for good measure and Koko really starts to kick off, which sets the scene nicely for Reverend and The Makers.

Carl Barat - Koko (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Carl Barat - Koko (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Carl Barat – Koko (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Reverend and The Makers – another band from the mid-noughties that got lumped into a bit of a scene and seemed to bear the brunt of the music press (but consistently put on one of the best live shows around). They have come back with some of their best material to date with last album Mirrors and if new single ‘Too Tough To Die’ is anything to go by, the new’un in the Autumn is going to be even better…

Reverend and the Makers - Koko (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Reverend and the Makers - Koko (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)
Reverend and the Makers – Koko (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Then it’s off to Dingwalls for fellow Sheffield lads Milburn, currently on a high from selling out a 10,000 capacity show in Sheffield the night before. The band, who only reformed last year after splitting in 2008, have the crowd going nuts from start to finish. Crowd surfers aplenty!

Milburn - Dingwalls (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)
Milburn – Dingwalls (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Feature image by Lindsay Melbourne.

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