As winter's days grow increasingly numbered, it's the time of year when our thoughts must turn toward formulating a survival plan for the most gig-loaded two days we know: the Camden Crawl. Back for its 7th year from 18 - 19 April, Camden Crawl 2008 will see 130 artists playing across the festival's 25 venues along with, for the first time, the addition of an outdoor stage. A variety of daytime activities are planned as well, including musical bingo, comedy in odd places and a recycled art party from Hungamunga.
With a one day pass fetching for £29.70 and the full two-day ticket priced at £49.20, the value option is clear: committing to two days saves you £10.20, which is about 3 - 4 pints at the venues or 9 - 10 crafty cans bought from the offie and downed whilst walking between gigs. The value option there is clear as well.
The initial line-up has been released and we've already chosen our must-see acts below. We've also added links to their MySpace pages where possible, so have a listen and use the comments section to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing. Expect more additions in the coming weeks and, as always, the big name surprises announced on the actual days of the festival.
The Answering Machine / Bobby Cook / Bombay Bicycle Club / Cage The Elephant / Cat The Dog / Thecocknbullkid / The Creepy Morons / Does It Offend You, Yeah? / Elle s'appelle / Fanfarlo / Florence and the Machine / Future of the Left / The Haunts / Ida Maria / Ipso Facto / Johnny Flynn / Johnny Foreigner / Ladyhawke / Lets Wrestle / Los Campesinos! / Lovvers / Lykke Li / Make Model / Noah and the Whale / One Night Only / Operator Please / Royworld / Slow Club / Sam Isaac / Sam Sparro / Tellison / This City / Wild Beasts
Agaskodo Teliverek / Blackhole / Cheap Hotel / Cutting Pink with Knives / Eugene McGuinness / Figure 5 / The Ghost Frequency / Hatcham Social/ In Case Of Fire / JME / The King Blues / Pete Molinari / Post War Years / Rolo Tomassi / The Rushes / Sergeant / Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames / Simone White / SixNationState / Soko / Vinny Vinny / William / Yoav / Youthmovies
Acoustic Ladyland / The Brute Chorus / Circulus / Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds / Damn Shames / The Dirty Feel / Duels / Innerpartysystem / Invasion / Jay Jay Pistolet / Kode 9 / Lucy and the Caterpillar / M83 / Nic Dawson Kelly / Pacific! / Reuben / Rosie Oddie and the Odd Squad / Skepta / Sky Larkin / Slagsmalsklubben / Stricken City / Team Waterpolo / Tronic Youth / White Lies