Tomorrow’s Crawl Announcements

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Line-Up
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Whispers are everywhere about tomorrow’s Crawl announcements. Here’s what I’m hearing and thinking:

Long-term readers will know that I’ve been predicting for a while that Death From Above 1979 will play the Crawl: reformed at last, they’re in town at the right time – they’re playing the HMV Forum just a few days after the Crawl. They’re also a perfect band for the Crawl in other ways – especially this year’s bill, which is so eclectic and – dare I say it – so cool.

Having said that, has anyone noticed that hip hop darlings Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All are playing Reading this year? They’re also playing Primavera in Spain just days before the Crawl, and have recently done SXSW, a festival frequented by a lot of confirmed Crawl acts (and, admittedly, everyone else in the music world ever). If Odd Future are finally breaking out of LA more regularly, again the Crawl would be an ideal festival for them, focusing as it does on emerging talent and the latest sounds.

I’m also not totally abandoning my Chromeo idea: they’re playing all over, and are on at the O2 the night of the royal wedding (that is, the night before the Crawl begins) – a bit of electrofunk could be just what the bill needs, and again they’d feel spot on for the atmosphere and aesthetic of the festival.

So, too, would another reformed act, though: last year saw Gang of Four play, and, now I’ve accepted they won’t be playing again this year, there’s another similar band I’m placing my money on. Killing Joke have had a golden age since their original line-up reformed a few years ago, and they released their first new album together at the end of last year. I can’t imagine a more suitable band to please the Gang of Four crowd which is also currently available …


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