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Who To See When

Posted: April 20, 2011 in Planning
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Twitter is starting to think about who to see and where at the Crawl, which is of course just ten days away now. This process is made easier by the release of an official phone app for the festival, which includes the schedule – times, venues, and all that good stuff. I don’t yet have that (bad fan, bad!), but friendly Twitter types have been giving out info for free. So, for instance, two entries on my Ones To See List:

Cate Le Bon: Saturday, 21,25 @Barfly; Sunday, 14:00 @ Ray Ban Session Bus, 19:15 @ Dubling Castle

Dry The River: Saturday, Jazz Cafe, 20.20

Jonquil: The Monarch [other details uncertain – pester the PRS Foundation!]


Making a list ...

There’s too much on the bill to listen to everything – though Twitter types like @mclerce have been drawing up Spotify playlists like these, which really help. But given this year’s bill is the best the festival’s had in years, and that even in the small print it has bands that deserve to be on your must-see list, it’s been a bit daunting getting up to speed on everyone. The obsessive perfectionist in me, of course, wants to ensure I see not just the bands I know, but the bands I should know – discovering new music is part of going to the Camden Crawl, so investigating the tunes of bands you haven’t heard of before, much less heard anything by, seems the respectful thing to do.

Bands I’d not listened to before, but now really need to see, include Treetop Flyers, Dry The River, and Tom Williams and the Boat. I’d hardly been familiar with the music of Marques Tolliver, Divorce, or Bear’s Den, either – but they, too, are fighting for their place at the top of my itinerary. Much of this is dependent on receiving the programme, obviously – but hearing new music is never a waste of time, right? Who else has made new favourite band discoveries via the bill?

Incidentally, one new entry into my putative wishlist is Young Dreams, who have an exclusive track posts on the Fan Only area of the Crawl’s Facebook page. It’s called ‘Silly Love’, and it’s a bit beautiful. Go over, have a listen – and add more bands to that long, long list…

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 …