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Doing the Crawl

Just two weeks after Radio 1 and the music industry got its teeth into the hippest borough in London with Camden Live, an indoor festival is to bring another indie gig binge to town. The Camden Crawl takes place on just one night, and involves 15 bands at five venues. And what a massive bargain it is. For the whopping price of a fiver, punters get a 15-track CD featuring all the bands, including the Wedding Present (right) and Gallon Drunk among the fledgling guitar glitterati, as well as a wristband to secure entrance to the venues. This is very much a punter-friendly affair, accoring to the NME's Keith Cameron, one of the organisers. "The Camden Live thing was a complete cash-in on Radio 1's part, and none of those bands had anything to do with Camden whatsoever," he says. As for this event, 70 per cent of the tickets have already gone. Those attending must collect their wristbands at Dingwalls first, before they either opt to stay at Dingwalls or move on to the Dublin Castle, The Monarch, Castlehaven Community Centre or the Laurel Tree. Maps will be provided. Each gig will feature three bands. "My advice is to get to Dingwalls at 5.45pm - there'll be a massive queue," Cameron warns. "Not everyone will be able to stay at Dingwalls and people will go elsewhere to see the smaller bands to feel they are getting their money's worth."


Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1, Thur 16 Nov; tickets available from Rough Trade record stores (0171-229 8541/240 0105), pounds 5