Festival Preview: Camden Rocks 2018

Camden Rocks 2018

Various Venues, Camden 2nd June  2018

Words: Nick Jacques

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Tickets are £39.50 and available to buy here.

On 2nd June, more than 200 acts ranging from genres featuring hefty doses of brit rock-pop to thicker-than-thick slabs of metal will once again invade the much-loved concrete jungle that is Camden Town.

Featuring big bands with long-established followings to small bands only starting out, Camden Rocks has an eclectic and enticing line-up that promises to be yet another vibrant and exciting year for all! This is the first time Popped Music are covering the festival, so we’ll be soaking up the atmosphere on the day.

However, there is a dilemma, where does 1 punter start? After all, you’ve only got 1 day to try and fit in all the bands you want to catch a glimpse of. This will no doubt lead to creating an electric if not somewhat frantic atmosphere as crowds will be pogoing to and from the 20 plus venues on offer to witness a vast array of acts that is the equivalent of a musical juggernaut!

The wristband exchange will be at the World’s End Pub, which will help you to get your bearings and free programmes will be available too for all. The venues will stretch all the way from Mornington Crescent up past Chalk Farm station and Kentish Town so you will take in pretty much all the sounds, sights and smells that Camden Town has to offer! What more could any muso want from a day festival?

Our Picks

There are so many bands I would like to give you a head’s up on but I had the difficult task of having to whittle it down to these 6!! Click on the video links to see what you think.


Kicking off with one of Popped’s favourite artists at the moment, Bryde and her captivating brand of atmospheric and dynamic indie-rock will be a treat for all. She has one of the best voices around – check out this video link if you don’t believe me!

Find Bryde on Facebook 

Listen to Honey here:

October Drift

Next is a band that have been making waves through word-of-mouth for quite some time. October Drift play rousing and anthemic songs with distinction. Try and catch their much anticipated set at the Hawley Arms.

Find October Drift on Facebook 

Listen to All Broken Down here:

The Soap Girls

Now, this next act The Soap Girls, darlings of the South African music scene, are known for their elaborate stage costumes, bearing all and producing unadulterated fun at their live shows. They will leave you wanting more with lashings of DIY ballsy pop-punk delivered in a good old angst attitude.

Find The Soap Girls on Facebook

Listen to Bury Me here:


Another favourite band of ours comes in the musically tasty form of the trio Berries. They really work up a coherent and contagious concoction of alternative-rock. Their relentless riffs will be impressing all at Camden Rocks without a doubt.

Find Berries on Facebook 

Listen to Wild Vow here:


The Leeds based band KOYO will also be dropping in to amaze us all too. Expect versatile and climatic progressive rock will bring a refreshing edge to the predominantly heavy rock-clad proceedings. Their craft and musicianship hopes to be one of Camden Rocks’ draws.

Find KOYO on Facebook

Listen to Strange Bird in the Sky here:


MOSES are 4 guys from London who have been together and writing music since 2015. Upbeat and compelling indie-rock with powerful vocals, they will keep things over nicely.

Find Moses on Facebook 

Listen to Leave Leave Leave here:

Check out the Camden Rocks Spotify playlist:



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