Camden Rocks // Urban Voodoo Machine // Lost in Stereo // At The Sun // Hollowstar // The Luka State // Glossii // Indya. 

So, article 3 in our build-up to Camden Rocks tomorrow features another fantastic selection of artists. We put our questions to the artists below and we saw the usual upturn in witty responses, shameless yet fantastic and comical self-promotion and all of the in-between. Be sure to catch these artists and more at tomorrows Camden Rocks!

For this article, the artists featured are as follows: Urban Voodoo Machine, Lost in Stereo, At The Sun, Hollowstar, The Luka State, Glossii and Indya. 

Previous articles can be found below:
Camden Rocks – Build Up – Article 1.

Camden Rocks Build Up – Article 2

Urban Voodoo Machine

Consider this: a nine-piece London-based band with drummers, fiddles, saxophones, accordions, and some crazy makeup to boot. Led by Norwegian-born lead vocalist and songwriter Paul-Ronney Angel, the Urban Voodoo Machine is described as Bourbon-drenched gipsy blues with some bop ‘n’ stroll. Having hit all the major festivals in past years, the Urban Voodoo Machine will be playing at 8:15 pm at Dingwalls.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival 2018?

The Professionals and The Men They Couldn’t Hang on top of my head! Actually, both those bands have Tom Spencer in them and he is supposed to get up and play a number. With us even – busy day for him then!!

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

I would have liked to see the Main Grains, but they start their set as we load in for our show!

Who would you recommend for next year?

The Future Shape Of Sound, Los Plantronics, Miraculous Mule, TV Smith & The Great Malarkey.

How would you sell the festival to people who are thinking of attending?

200 plus bands for just £39 – that’s a bargain for sure!!


Lost in Stereo

Lost In Stereo is a Glasgow-based four-piece pop rock band influenced greatly by artists such as Blink 182, Good Charlotte and A Day To Remember. Despite being relatively new to the music industry, Ellis Hill, Andrew Paterson, Jon Reid and Dean McClory have supported iconic punk acts like The Ataris and were deemed Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018. This infectious band will be playing at Camden Assembly at 3 pm.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival 2018?

We’re looking forward to seeing our Scottish brothers in Twin Atlantic and The LaFontaines, as well as many more such as SHVPES, Bad Sign and a band we’re digging at the moment, called The Faim – being Fireballs Hottest band we’ll need to fire over to the Ballroom and get stuck into some whisky, their stage is awesome!!

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

Dean is gutted that he’s going to be missing Derren Brown this December when we’re away on Fireball’s Fuelling the Fire tour with Flogging Molly and Face To Face. He’s a big fan. Aside from that we, unfortunately, have clashing stage times with Crazy Town this weekend and would seriously have loved to have seen them!

Who would you recommend for next year?

One of the best bands we’ve played within the last year was Sweet Little Machine. They’re a pop-punk band that hail from Sheffield that delivers an unbelievable live show, and they know how to rile up a crowd and get the whole venue bouncing. We’ve learned a lot from them in the last year or so and can’t recommend them enough, so make sure you check them out as soon as you can – they have big plans for next year!

How would you sell the event to someone who is thinking of attending the festival?

For less than £40 you get a ridiculous amount of insanely good bands between 20 odd top-class venues. Whether or not you want to plan your way throughout the day or just totally wing it, you’ll get nothing but good bands and good vibes at the finest watering holes smack bang in the middle of London! There is literally a band here for everyone, so you’re absolutely guaranteed a good time no matter what!


At The Sun

Just because they released their debut EP in 2017 doesn’t mean that these heavy rockers from the UK should be overlooked. At The Sun is a five-piece group blending a love for metal, classic rock and blues to enchant their audience. No gimmicks, tricks or fancy fakeness (hey, it makes sense to us!), Harry, Alex, Kieran, Chet and Craig will be entertaining music-lovers at 3pm at The Dev.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival 2018?

We’re looking forward to catching Tequila Mockinbyrd, Those Damn Crows, Massive Wagons, The Fallen State, Dirty Thrills and Hollowstar. Plus hopefully some random bands we’ve never heard of – all depends on where our beer brains take us!

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

Crazy Town because our stage times clash! Do come see us though…

Who would you recommend for next year?

Next year we would love to see MASSIVE on the line up – an awesome Aussie band who would rip Camden a new one! Oh and Guns n Roses – can we have them, please?

How would you sell the event to someone who is thinking of attending the festival?

It’s 200 bands on one day, in one part of London. Where the hell else can you get all that for £40?? We recommend that people only plan their day loosely -if you try and pack it too tightly you may miss some amazing new acts. We are planning to split our time 50/50 between acts we know and love and some new acts. We’ll be picking them based on bar prices! haha!


Hollowstar

Hollowstar Formed back in 2015, Cambridgeshire lads Joe Bonson, Phil Haines, Jack Bonson and Tom Collett, began crafting a unique rock sound influenced by bands such as Black Stone Cherry, Thunder and Slash; hence, Hollowstar was born. Since entering the industry, Hollowstar has released a debut EP that reached number 13 on the iTunes Rock Chart and won the NMG Awards Breakthrough Artist in 2016. You can see this outstanding rock band perform at 7pm at The Dev.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival  2018?

There’s too many to name a single band… hoping stage times don’t clash. But it would be good to catch  Mallory KnoxRaveneye, Kris Barras, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Those Damn Crows.

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

The Bad Flowers! We’re good friends with these guys but it looks like our set times clash!

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Who would you recommend for next year?

Dead Man’s Whiskey, Gorilla Riot and Florence Black are three stand out acts that we’ve played with recently so we’d have to go with those!

How would you sell the event to someone who is thinking of attending the festival?

Imagine having hundreds of bands that you would pay good money to see all playing on the same day within a 20-minute walk of each other non-stop!


The Luka State

Are you into rock ‘n’ roll? Then you’ll love The Luka State – a rock band hailing from Winsford, Cheshire. Formed in 2013 by Conrad Ellis, Sam Bell, Jake Barnabas and Lewis Pusey, The Luka State has released two EPs with the latter taking on a more electronically enhanced sound. Since their inception, they have gained national and international acclaim being featured in USA Today, Digital Spy and Billboard. The Luka State will perform at 2pm at The Lyttleton Arms.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival 2018?

I’m really looking forward to seeing PIL this year. I’ve always been a huge John Lydon fan growing up. I was in love with the Pistols as a kid but I really loved where he took it with PIL “anger is an energy” is a crazy but wonderful mantra.

Also, October Drift will be great, there a great live band, really powerful. We’ve played with them in the past and it was a top gig. Nice lads too which always helps.

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

It’s a bit difficult for us Northerners as we have a lot of travelling to do. We try to watch as many bands as we can after our own gig. Knowing our luck we will clash with October Drift but I’d love to catch them.

Who would you recommend for next year?

US !!!!!!! The Luka State can headline Koko if you want. It would be our pleasure……

How would you sell the event to someone who is thinking of attending the festival?

If you love live music it’s the place to be on Saturday. Camden is absolutely buzzing when this festival is on. So much music that you don’t know where to start. I highly recommend it for all live music lovers.


Glossii

Glossii is a four piece rock/post punk band created around South London in early 2017 by Charlie Lock and Guitarist Lewis Smith, along with vocalist Sofia Zanghirella and latest joining member, drummer Reuben Rost. Glossii’s hard-hitting riffs and bursts of aggression create the ubiquitous back-beat for Sofia’s femme-fatale lyrical insight- reminiscent of other bands such as Wolf Alice and Garbage with a detection and a nod to the original allure of Blondie’

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival 2018?

We are looking forward to seeing False Heads, SikThHacktivist, Dead!, Mallory Knox, PIL and Twin Atlantic

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

We will be forced to miss Crazy Town

Who would you recommend for next year?

We recommend Gender Roles, Bad Sounds and HMLTD

How would you sell the event to someone who is thinking of attending the festival?

We would say we are playing come and not only watch us but also watch a bunch of other sweet bands


INDYA

When you can’t decide on a name for a band, why not just name the group after yourself? Well, that’s what Natalie Indya West did when she formed the female-fronted glam rock band INDYA. Hailing from Brighton, Natalie West, Oz Marshall, Save Blackjack and Joel Day, have defined a unique sound that is dark, mysterious, energetic and sensually alluring. Natalie’s voice is often compared to Joan Jett, but you can make your own mind up by seeing them perform at The Black Heart at 1:30pm.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Camden Rocks Festival 2018?

Really looking forward to seeing Scarlett Riot and SHVPES who are on the same bill as Indya. I’ve always followed those bands but never had the chance of seeing them live. I’m also looking forward to seeing Hands Off Gretel & Blood Red Shoes. Bexatron are friends of Indya and we love their music so of course, we are going to be watching them. I love the female fronted bands because I’m a huge supporter of women in the rock Industry. I like to be empowered by the female touch & align with the different genres of their music. They are inspiring to me.

Is there any band you want to see that you’ll be forced to miss this year?

We are huge fans of Via Dolorosa but they are on the crossover with us so we won’t have time to see them play, unfortunately. But we wish them the best of luck! Gutted.

Who would you recommend for next year?

For next year I would highly recommend the Rocket Dolls. They are friends of ours in the industry and one of the best bands going to date. They pull in huge crowds & have amazing attitudes, so hardworking and driven. Such lovely guys too & they help people in the industry they have helped Indya so much this year already including us in 2 of their tour gigs & getting us promotion and into powerplay magazine.

How would you sell the event to someone who is thinking of attending the festival?

It’s one huge rock n roller orgy!!! Lol


 

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