What’s on in Camden this week?!
OUR CMDN GIG PICKS FOR YOU
Discover the best live music in Camden this week,
between 27th of November and 4th December 🙂
MONDAY 27th of November
BABY METAL / at Roundhouse
Hot off the back of their special guest appearances alongside SABATON, Japanese Dance-Metal sensation BABYMETAL have announced some intimate UK headline shows which will take place in November 2023. The band are currently riding the success of recent concept album “THE OTHER ONE”, which saw numerous top ten chart positions in the UK including the number one Independent Album.
The upcoming shows will be UK fans first chance to see a full headline set from the all new reborn BABYMETAL, consisting of 3 members – SU-METAL, MOAMETAL, and the recently joined MOMOMETAL.
TUESDAY 28th of November
Movements / at ELECTRIC BALLROOM
Formed in 2015, Movements is an American rock band hailing from California. The band gained recognition with their emotionally charged and introspective brand of alternative rock. Their music often explores themes of mental health, personal struggles, and relationships, delivering raw and honest lyrics.
WEDNESDAY 29th of November
PAUL Di’ANNO / UNDERWORLD
Why is 2023 the year of Paul Di’Anno? Because what he went through in the last 8 years, since he had to end his long and successful music career due to a serious health condition, is something that few would have endured and had the strength to come back from. However, in 2023, after a successful operation in Croatia, Paul returns with the big world ‘The Beast Resurrection’ Tour, which will continue in 2024 and eventually cover six continents with over 150 concerts. On this tour, Paul Di’Anno decided to perform almost all the iconic songs from the first two Iron Maiden albums at the request of the fans, while in 2024 the set list will be changed. Paul Di’Anno returns to the United Kingdom, where he last performed, with only two songs, back in 2017, as a special guest of Iron Maidens. Paul will play a maximum of 10 shows in the UK in 2023, some of which are already sold out, while in 2024 fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the concerts of his new band and project Warhorse for the first time. Two fantastic special guest bands on this UK leg will be announced soon.
THURSDAY 30th of November
Dunajska Kapelye / at Green Note
Green Note favourites DUNAJSKA KAPELYE are back with their irresistible mix of authentic Balkan and Gypsy folk, Hot club jazz, Klezmer and Tango led by Piotr Jordan’s peerless violin and the incomparable Zac Gvirtzman on accordion and clarinet. It’s a seat-of-the-pants ride through the absolute best of East European folk – all shot through with scintillating jazz improvisation. From rip-roaring Romanian wedding dances, drinking songs to the most plaintive Gypsy ballads – it’s a wonderful musical ride. Special guests to be announced!
“Extreme, virtuoso Balkan Gypsy Jazz” – Time Out
“All Gypsy life is here” – London Jazz
“You can’t help but leave with a big stupid grin on your face” – the Metro
FRIDAY 1st of December
Lunar Effect, Cosmoths, Purple Kong / at Devonshire Arms
The Lunar Effect are a quartet with a flair for hair and a penchant for fuzzy, snarling riffs that have been shaking the astral plane since their formation in 2016. Starting as a grunge outfit with a retro hard-rock impulse, they began to expand their sonic scope and crash-landed onto the stoner scene with their debut album ‘Calm Before the Calm’ in 2019. With every song propelled into orbit by fuzz laden riffs, nasty enough to blow the moon-dust off your amp, there is no denying that the Londoners mean business. Psychedelic visions and existential ideas are weaved throughout their brooding vintage sound, while bending stoner rock into their own unique mould.
This album pushes the listener into new and uncharted waters. – DOOM CHARTS *(#4 in Doom Charts 2019 end of year list)
The Lunar Effect draw from their influences and paint their own psychedelic debut masterpiece. – MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
A masterpiece that makes me believe in the future of rock’n’roll once again. – THE QUEENS BASTARD’S
A groovy and tight rhythmic section slowly develops the grooves and lays the foundation for the warm fuzzy guitar riffs and gritty raw solos to float around until the mighty and hypnotic vocals take over and tie everything together into a sonic bundle of Kyuss, Radio Moscow and Graveyard. HAZY NEBULA
‘I’m drawn to it like some sort of “audio crack’ – FUZZ HEAVY
SATURDAY 2nd of December
Healthy Junkies, Sharper Side, No Feelings, Next to Nada / at Dublin Castle
Don’t miss our next and second last gig of the year!
DECEMBER 2nd at Dublin Castle
presenting Camden’s finest PUNK ROCK with: HEALTHY JUNKIES, SHARPER SIDE, NO FEELINGS, NEXT TO NADA
Join us for our legendary pub crawl before the gig at 18.00 at Dublin Castle. Doors 19.30 Music until 23.00
Mixing Punk Rock with Grunge, Psychedelic Rock, New Wave, Garage, Glam and Goth Rock, add a soupçon of theatre and you have Healthy Junkies. Glamorous yet rebel lead punkster Nina Courson moved to London after she ran away from her home in Paris to pursue her own rock n roll rite of passage.. Destiny awaited when she found guitarist Phil-Honey-Jones in a Soho gig called PUNK in 2009. The two went on their way seeking solace in the world of music. Naming the band Healthy Junkies, reflecting the mental health epidemic currently spreading like wildfire through the core of western society. Nina and Phil arrived at this name as a reaction/rebellion to the numbing and dumbing down of nations with the use of so many pharmaceutical meds such as Prozac and other addictive drugs. The name has now taken on an even broader meaning with ‘Health’ being so high on the world agenda! In late 2013 Healthy Junkies added Dave Whitmore on bass and Tony Alda on drums hitting the road in the UK and Europe building a decent size following, filling the Arena stage room for Rebellion Punk Festival 3 times now. Support slots have included The Rezillos, Sham 69, The UK Subs, Walter Lure, The Professionals, GBH, Vice Squad, Theatre of hate, The Sex gang children, Goldblade, Viv Albertine (The Slits ), 999, The Vibrators and Spizz Energi. Other major UK festivals the band have played are Camden Rocks festival and HRH Punk festival at the academy in Sheffield.
They toured the US West Coast for the first time in October/November 2018. Rodney Bingenheimer (Sirius XM /KROQ DJ) and Brian Foss (KEXP Radio in Seattle) gave the band many airplay spins which inspired them to make that leap over the pond.. They have been played on the likes of BBC Radio London introducing by Gary Crowley, BBC 6 Fresh on the net with Tom Robinson ( 3 times ), BBC Jersey, Amazing Radio, Planet Rock, Total Rock, Lava TV, BT Sport and Blank TV. as well as many Internet Radio stations on a regular basis. They were part of a music documentary called The United Kingdom of pop, a 32 part series which tells the story of Rock’n’roll from its beginnings to now alongside legends such as DJ Don Letts and Lynval Golding from the Specials. It was presented and shown on ARTE TV which is one of the most important channels in France and Germany with millions of viewers. They have also appeared and featured in numerous magazines such as Vive le Rock,Louder than War, Big Cheese Magazine, Big take over magazine, Devolution Magazine, Punk Globe, Eighth Day, Punk Lounge. Safety Pin Magazine as well as a whole host of online magazines and blogs. The band have recently released their 5 th studio album entitled ‘Forever on the road part 1. The reviews so far are exceeding any preconceived expectation. 10 out of 10 being the latest from Powerplay magazine. This was made during lockdown along with 3 videos of singles off the album. The third ‘Tricky Situation’ is the latest single and video to be unleashed into the unsuspecting lockdown world.
Phil and Nina also have been running their own monthly night in Camden, London for eight years now. It is called Punk and Roll Rendezvous. The night became such a phenomenon that they decided to host a 3-day festival which they did in 2017, 2018, 2019… 2020 was filmed in the venue ( 30 bands )and presented live online as an interactive experience. The criteria for the night is FREE entry and always with at least one band on the bill from outside London, sometimes abroad. Some people liken in to the CBGBs scene in New York in days gone by. Punk and roll rendezvous and Healthy junkies have one main goal; that is to bring people together. People from across the board wishing to express themselves and be authentic without prejudice.
Healthy Junkies are looking to burn out the liars with fire…
Sharper Side are a high energy 3-piece pop-punk / alternative rock band from north London, England formed in 2021.
Sharper Side is fronted by Chris Treasure – Guitar & Lead Vocals with Ben Zwaig – Bass & Backing Vocals and Laurence Moore – Drums & no vocals.
Sharper Side draw influences from the late nineties / early 2000’s pop-punk era and mix them with modern energetic, zestful drives with angst-heavy themes and killer hooks fit for the dynamic rock scene of the 2020s.
No Feelings are a London based old school punk band playing original punk & reggae
We aim to create high energy punk as originated from the 70s clubs & pubs in Soho & Camden
NEXT TO NADA
Formed in Milton Keynes and now based in London, Next to Nada deal in fuzzed-out Fender screeches, cathartic grunge rants, crammed pedalboards and monolithic riffs.
SUNDAY 3rd of December
Charity prog all-dayer Prog the Forest / at FIDDLER’S ELBOW
The charity one day progressive music event PROG the FOREST returns for its fifth year at the
famous Fiddlers Elbow in Camden, North London, on Sunday 3rd December. As always, event will
showcase the diversity of modern progressive rock music and related genres, and all profits will be
donated to the World Land Trust.
THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA – officially the smallest orchestra in the world. Two people playing 13
instruments between them, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington draw on their backgrounds in rock,
folk, electronica and classical music to create a unique sound frequently compared to early Pink
Floyd, Portishead and Kate Bush as well as contemporary composers such as Steve Reich and Philip
Glass. Described as an ”avant-garde musical utopia” they perform in their ‘musical space station’ of
instruments including guitar, bass, percussion, mandola, piano, organ, omnichord and vintage
synthesisers. Their universally applauded 2022 album Hotel Utopia went straight into the UK Rock
Chart at #13, winning Best British Album and Best Song at the USA’s Progressive Rock Awards where
Chrissy Mostyn was voted Best Female Vocalist.
THIS WINTER MACHINE was formed in 2016 by vocalist Al Winter. Influenced by everything from the
classic prog; bands of the 70s and &80s to rock and prog bands from later years, they released their
debut album ;The Man Who Never Was, and after some line-up changes their second A Tower of
Clocks; in 2019. After further line-up changes, they released their 3rd album Kites in Nov 2021, and
their fourth &;The Clockwork Man is due for release in mid-2023.
EBONY BUCKLE is an Australian art pop singer-songwriter based in London. In 2021 she released her
debut album “Disco Lasers” alongside 10 music videos celebrating the wonders of our universe and
how we as human beings make sense of our existence through folklore legends, science and our
imagination. She performs, writes and produces with her partner Nick Burns. Her unique voice was
first recognised in the BBC’s drama Inspector George Gently, where she performed her version of
Silver Dagger which reached number 1 in the iTunes World Music Charts. For several years she has
been performing her original music around the UK, sharing the stage with legendary acts like
Solstice, Focus and Lifesigns.
EBB are a genre-defying group of five women and one guy with a mission to “Bring Prog to the
People!” The band boldly bring in riveting instrumental soundscapes, spoken word poetry, and iconic
space whispers to accompany the onslaught of skilled drums, searing keyboards and soulful guitar,
all overlayed by Erin’s powerful vocals and deeply personal lyrics. “Scottish Sextet EBB deliver a
polished and impassioned set of space rock, ballads, inventive grooves and straight-up rockers.
Endlessly entertaining, the band embrace variety” – Prog Magazine
HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE combine prog/alt-rock, funk, metal, ambient, contemporary
classical, minimalist, and electronica elements, and often explore scientific and science fiction
themes. 2023 sees the 10-year anniversary of the band’s first album and the release of their seventh
album,The Light Of Ancient Mistakes;. “Spiky neo-prog and art-rock. Never less than entertaining,
passionate, humorous and committed” – Prog Magazine
GURANFOE is a four-piece rock band from Norwich, whose music forges psychedelic boogie, prog
intricacy and jazz exhilaration. These styles combine with years of cohesive group playing to produce
a live show defined by medleys of technical prog jams, stellar musicianship and off-the-chain energy.
In 2022 they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a 10-night livestream event, and their second
studio album Gumbo Gumbo; was released in October to rave reviews from Prog Magazine.
Guranfoe also independently release their own concert recordings, live studio sessions, annual
improvised jams and rehearsal tapes from their practice cabin in rural Norfolk, which can be found
on their Bandcamp site.
“The World Land Trust buys threatened rainforest, to protect in trust, to stop them getting chopped
down. Trees make oxygen, without which breathing is a bit pointless. So protecting the trees is good
for the wildlife, and good for us staying alive. A win-win really” – Co-promoter Malcolm Galloway
(Hat’s Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate)
Accompanied children are welcome until 6pm. Due to licensing requirements the venue is 18+ after
6pm. The Fiddler’s Elbow is a mostly standing venue, but some seating is available (restricted view). The
event aims to be responsive to needs of attendees with disability issues; If you require a reserved
seat, please let the organisers know.
MONDAY 4th of December
Extreme / at O2 Kentish Town
With the force of a Boston wrecking ball, EXTREME swing between unapologetic fits of fret-burning hard rock and intimately introspective balladry. This dynamic affirms the iconic multiplatinum Beantown quartet—Gary Cherone (vocals), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Pat Badger (bass), and Kevin Figueiredo (drums)—as one of rock’s most unpredictable, undeniable, and unbreakable groups whose songs course through the very fabric of popular culture. They’re the rare band whose music has appeared in an actual cult series a la Bill & Ted as well as the Netflix juggernaut “Stranger Things.” They’ve sold 10 million records, topped the Billboard Hot 100 at #1, packed major venues on multiple continents, memorably performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London, and regularly average over 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. However, their dynamic approach hits harder than ever on their 2023 full-length offering, Six.
Let us know where you go or if there are other events we have missed to add here 🙂
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