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Broken Witt Rebels
I saw Broken Witt Rebels when they played The Borderline in April and really enjoyed the show, so I was looking forward to seeing them again at Camden Rocks. I had to run from the Willow Robinson gig, across the road. Broken Witt Rebels were allocated quite a small venue for their afternoon set, the Dr. Martens Boot Room. There was a queue outside when I arrived and the security staff were not letting any more people in. I could hear the band playing “Low” as I stood in the queue. I did wonder whether I would have to stand outside for the whole gig. It was a bit annoying at one stage because I was standing outside the door with a few other festival-goers and there was obviously space inside but the security man was not letting anyone else in 😦 . Eventually, as a few people left, I managed to get inside.
I really enjoyed Broken Witt Rebels’ performance. In their half-hour set they played a few tracks from their latest EP “Georgia Pine”, including the hit single, “Guns”, which was one of the highlights for me. They also played their new track, “Snake Eyes”. Broken Witt Rebels are one of those bands that really captivate a crowd with their bluesy-rock music; the performance was polished and mesmerising. I saw many people in the crowd dancing and singing along. The singer, Danny Core, has a unique and powerful voice and a certain charm about him. Broken Witt Rebels are definitely a band to watch.
The gig was over too soon.
Broken Witt Rebels have lots of festival dates lined up over the summer. Check out their Facebook “LIVE SHOWS” page for details: https://www.facebook.com/BrokenWittRebelsUK/app/123966167614127/
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It was a glorious sunny afternoon in Camden on Saturday, so the perfect kind of weather for being outdoors. The Camden Rocks Festival had an extra stage this year, The Kraken Sounds Stage, which was set up in the middle of the outdoor market. It was open to the public as well as Camden Rocks Festival ticket-holders.
I managed to catch Jasmine Rodgers set at 3.30. It was wonderful to be sitting out in the sun, watching this awesome singer. Jasmine is the daughter of Paul Rodgers (Free). The talent definitely runs in the family. Jasmine’s voice is enchanting. Her acoustic folk sound is a joy to listen to and she performed effortlessly and elegantly to the spellbound crowd. Her song “Two Years” was one of the highlights for me.
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This was the first time I’d seen Stone Broken live, although I love what I’ve heard of their music from the debut album, “All In Time”.
When I arrived at Proud Camden, a large crowd had formed as eager fans waited for Stone Broken to arrive. They are a high energy rock band and they really impressed me with their half hour set. They are the type of band that I imagine could easily fill an arena if enough people had heard their music. They exude passion for the music and they know how to entertain a crowd.
A highlight for me was their song “Wait For You”, which is my favourite song of theirs at the moment.
Stone Broken have a few festival slots lined up this summer, including Ramblin’ Man and Download, and they’ll be supporting Cheap Trick on their UK tour this month. They’ve also announced that they’ll be touring in the UK and Europe later this year with Living Colour!
Ally Dickaty (The Virginmarys)
Ally Dickaty (singer/guitar The Virginmarys) was playing an acoustic set at the Kraken Sounds Stage at 5.30 p.m., and the next band on my list (Slydigs) was playing Be At One (all the way down the other side of Camden!) at 6 p.m. I had a dilemma – do I just go to the other venue to make sure I get in to see Slydigs, or do I watch Ally Dickaty?
I decided that I had to at least catch a couple of Ally’s songs before heading off to see Slydigs. In the end I managed to watch about 20 minutes of Ally Dickaty’s acoustic gig. It was hard to tear myself away!
I saw his acoustic set at The Union Chapel last year, so I knew how awesome his show would be. He sings with passion as if he means and feels every word. I’ve always been captivated by artists who give their all to the music when they’re on stage and he is definitely one of those.
The great thing about any Virginmarys gig is that there is a community of fans who are always there to support the band, so I managed to catch up with a couple of friends who were there for Ally Dickaty’s gig.
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Look out for Part 3 of my Camden Rocks Festival review. Coming soon…