Think Camden and you think music, booze and shopping, so what the place needs more than anything is a festival to celebrate, um, music, booze and shopping. Now in its second year, Camden Lock Live describes itself as an “urban boutique festival,” which basically means a big old knees-up down by Regent’s Canal. The one-day event runs on Friday from 10am to 10pm with three stages, a dance tent, hip-hop workshops, street food and arts and crafts stalls run by independent designers.
Acts to play the stages include singers Whinnie Williams, Sam Garrett and Jake Isaac, rapper Tigger Da Author and guitar band, Youth Club. Meanwhile, young artists associated with the Roundhouse take over the Camden Lock Market Hall.
Other performances include “Night Club Survival Tips” from the Big Dance Company and folk and hip-hop fusion around a maypole from Folk Dance Remixed Company (why not?). There’s also an “eco-fashion installation” made from re-cycled goods, while We Make London will have 10 stalls manned by specially-selected designers selling their wares.
The food stalls have a heavy focus on meaty fare with well-known vendors including Smoke n Roll, Mama’s Jerk, Cowboy Cottage, Honest Burger, Pop Dogs, Chick n Run and Big Apple Hot Dogs. There’s also a reggae roast tent. Lighter flavours come from Ruby Dock, Yumchaa, Café Chula and Dutch Pancakes.
Down by the waterside, craft beer specialists Brewdog have a bar and Jamaican cocktails will be available from Wray & Nephew Overproof rum.
Camden Lock Live is on from 10am to 10pm on Friday 11 July and is free. The event kick-starts a programme of Summer events in the area that includes the return of the Summer Night Market on August 7 for 5 weeks.