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My headliners of choice so far would be:


Becoming A Jackal is simply one of my favourite records of the last few years, and I’ve yet to see Conor O’Brien live, so this one’s a no-brainer.

Graham Coxon

Always such good value, and in something of a purple patch right now by all accounts, everyone needs to make it to this show, surely?

British Sea Power

Simply one of the most exciting, joyous live acts on the circuit right now … and full of raucous intelligence to boot.

Have I missed off your favourite? Enlighten me!


Further thought on who to see at this year’s Crawl: daytime-wise, incidentally, I’m already set on settling down with Magpie’s Nest on the Sunday; Saturday is up for grabs, but the Spread Eagle is always good value. Given how I’m packing out my evening schedules, I might just let the rest of my group decide what to do with Saturday afternoon. That’d be big of me, right? They’ll be grateful, I know it.

In terms of more evening acts, I’m pretty firm in still fancying Dananananakroyd (with whom the Crawl have an interview here), Piney Gir (with whom they had an interview here), and Treetop Flyers (get with the programme, Camden Crawl!); Villagers, Cate Le Bon and Frankie and the Heartstrings still seem like no-brainers, too. But how about any more for any more? The very wise Sheena over at the Ruckus has suggested a few mighty fine additions: Marques Tolliver, Dry The River, and Slow Club will all be making the right sort of sounds for my ears, too.

I’ve seen British Sea Power live a couple of times now, and they’re great – but do you check out a band you’ve seen before at a festival full of acts you haven’t? Maybe not. I love Miles Kane’s work with Last Shadow Puppets, but will he clash with Villagers? Those Dancing Days, Tom Williams and the Boat, and Let’s Buy Happiness will all be worth seeing; but what about leaving room for the surprises you’ve never heard of?

Roll on the programme, people …

A nice little flourish from the Crawl today: they seem to be making announcements rather cannily, and with an eye on how things have changed in the last few years in terms of news gathering: that NME leak aside, what the Crawl is doing is rolling out a line-up in order to keep the punters interested, rather than splurging out the whole bill in one go and with a great trumpeting which will have long since drifted off on the wind when the festival actually takes place.

The festival is only about six weeks away, of course – and still they tease that there’s more for them to tell us. Very wise. And, let’s be honest, British Sea Power is probably a bigger and better name than anyone else on the bill bar Villagers. They’re an exciting and inventive live act who are absolutely always worth watching and enjoy the affection of a rabid fanbase to boot. Their addition to the bill is a stroke of genius – as is the means of its announcement.

Kudos, I’m really liking the whole style of the Crawl this year. The substance, of course, waits to be tested on the bank holiday weekend …

This picture posted tp Twitter by the Crawl yesterday makes one of the big secrets pretty clear: Ultrasound will be on of this year’s special guests. I don’t know I feel about that yet – but there are a lot of people who remember them very fondly indeed. Good/bad? Twitter will decide when it’s confirmed, no doubt …

Meanwhile, I’m hearing that there’s more to come. It’s worth re-emphasising the the bill as it stands isn’t big enough to fill a weekend. Nor is the bill plus Ultrasound. On both their Twitter and Facebook, the Crawl are playing their cards close to their test – and, ironically, those pages have been by far the best place to hear any unofficial rumours about who will be playing. And yet – wait! – what is this from yesterday?

Simian Mobile Disco, British Sea Power, Team, Ghost, Young Legionnaire were not on the original bill. No word from the Crawl itself yet … but how long until these are announced?