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Robert Lang's photography zines, as displayed at the Doomed Gallery in Dalston
Robert Lang's photography zines

Camden, one of London’s Marmite areas – loved by some, hated by many, but undoubtedly a cultural hub that has had a fair share of creative legends and pioneers stomp (or stagger) along its infamous high street. It would be impossible to mention the north London area without speaking about Amy Winehouse, but it wasn’t just the late singer who was a regular there – since the sixties it has played host to legendary performers like The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and more with venues like Dingwalls, Camden Palace, the Electric Ballroom, Barfly, The Jazz Cafe, World’s End and many many more cultivating a rich, alternative culture in the north London district. South African photographer Robert Lang lived in Camden in the 2000s, and he documented some of his silly nights out (and silly nights in) with his trusty camera. Some of the photos were exhibited at the Doomed Gallery in Dalston, so we headed down to check it out.

Singer Femme, who features on the cover of Rob's LA zine
Singer Femme, who features on the cover of Rob’s LA zine

‘Filthy Gorgeous Camden Town’ exhibition focuses on the exploits of Rob and some of his female friends. Hedonism has always fuelled the nightlife in Camden and Rob’s photos capture some of the amusing antics that occur when night falls and inhibitions disappear. Having been to Camden during the same era, Rob’s photos were, for DLTM, a nice way to reminisce about those days and to get some insight into somebody else’s experience.

Robert Lang's exhibition at the Doomed Gallery in Dalston
Rob’s exhibition at the Doomed Gallery in Dalston

As well as the exhibition, Rob also published two zines based on his photography – one featuring his London work and the other focused on Los Angeles, where he is now based. Overall the work is fun, doesn’t take itself too seriously and acts a great snapshot of a youthful era, when London’s wild heart was still beating strong and our culture had yet to be eroded by increasing commercialism and gentrification.

Rob and his friend Jemima pose in front of her set of photos
Rob and his friend Jemima pose in front of her set of photos

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The UK Festival Awards, held at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London

EVERY year the UK Festival Awards brings together a menagerie of industry folk to eat, drink and celebrate the ingenuity, innovation and flat out hard work of the people who make all of our wonderful large-scale music events happen. DLTM were lucky enough to be invited to the show, which took place at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London, rubbing shoulders with a variety of characters from the festival world and paying our respects to the people who keep the whole festival industry relevant and progressive…

The Roundhouse acts as a great location for the UK Festival Awards. The shape of the main room combined with its acoustics means the glitzy affair (which we were a little under dressed for) and its attendees are housed in an impressive though somehow quite intimate space. After a lovely dinner Huey Morgan of the Fun Loving Criminals sidled on to the stage and gave a hilarious opening speech outlining that he’d be announcing all the winners as quickly as he could (“Last year it took me 33 minutes, anyone with a stopwatch? Let’s see if I can beat that”) so everyone could get to the after-party as soon as possible. Brilliant, he also gave a cheeky shout out to Eddie Izzard, who would later present the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals award to Peter Gabriel for conceiving WOMAD… “Don’t do coke with that bitch… Yeah, it’s gonna be like that,” he said, referring to Eddie and on it went in a similar vein throughout the ceremony, much to the amusement of everyone in attendance. Huey’s nonchalant, irreverent approach was the perfect antidote to the typical schmaltz that can often creep in to awards events.

Arcadia won the award for 'Best Use of New Technology' at the UK Festival Awards, held at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London
Arcadia won the award for ‘Best Use of New Technology’
DLTM's Marcus Barnes with Ceri Wade from Arcadia
DLTM’s Marcus Barnes with Ceri Wade from Arcadia

Midway through the show we spent a bit of time chatting with Jonny, one of the team behind a mobile pop-up festival bar called Beetle Juice, which is a cocktail contained within a converted VW camper van. They’re ethos is to provide top quality cocktails and healthy juices to festival goers, and so far they’ve traveled the length and breadth of the country to do so. We’re off the booze this month but enjoyed a very fruity concoction made by Jonny himself – look out for them, as the company now has 12 fully-functional VW bars on the road.

Beetle Juice served up cocktails all night at the UK Festival Awards, held at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London
Beetle Juice served up cocktails all night

And so the awards were given out in record time, the first of which went to Bristol’s amazing Arcadia outfit – one of whom we happened to be sat with on our table. The company was awarded for ‘Best Use of New Technology’. They use a special kind of ‘bio fuel’ (used chip fat) for all of their pyrotechnics, in place of propane, which they used previously. So a well deserved prize we reckon. Beyond that, the list of winners came thick and fast. Notable winners include Kendal Calling for the highly-coveted ‘Best Toilets’ award, Mark Ronson for ‘Anthem of the Summer’ with Bruno Mars on Uptown Funk, Fleetwood Mac for ‘Headline Performance of the Year’ (at the Isle Of Wight Festival), Creamfields for ‘Best Dance Festival’, Festival No.6 for ‘Best Small Festival’ and the big winner was Bestival for ‘Best Major Festival’.

Peter Gabriel accepts the 'Outstanding Contribution to Festivals' award
Peter Gabriel accepts the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ award

The real treat came at the end when Eddie Izzard presented Peter Gabriel with his award and Peter invited all his team up on stage with him, followed by a video documenting the history of WOMAD and its connection with musicians and artists from all over the world. A very worthy winner indeed, Peter’s work with the arts festival has undoubtedly helped to promote the music of thousands of, largely unknown, musicians to western audiences, a fantastic achievement.

See the full list of winners below.

Eddie Izzard with Peter Gabriel at the UK Festival Awards, held at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London
Eddie Izzard with Peter Gabriel after presenting him with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ award

Best Use of New Technology
WINNER: Glastonbury for Arcadia Spectacular

The Extra-Festival Activity Award
WINNER: The Big Feastival for The Wheat Project

Concession of the Year
WINNER: The Breakfast Club

Best Hospitality
WINNER: Wilderness

Best Toilets
WINNER: Kendal Calling

The Brand Activation Award
WINNER: Virgin Trains

Agency of the Year
WINNER: CAA

Promoter of the Year
WINNER: Lost Ventures

Anthem of the Summer
WINNER: Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

Headline Performance of the Year
WINNER: Fleetwood Mac at Isle Of Wight Festival

Line-Up of the Year
WINNER: Latitude

Best New Festival
WINNER: Wild Life Festival

Best Festival for Emerging Talent
WINNER: Liverpool International Music Festival

The Grass Roots Festival Award
WINNER: Beautiful Days

Best Overseas Festival
WINNER: Annie Mac Presents: Lost & Found

Best Metropolitan Festival
WINNER: Liverpool Sound City

Best Dance Event
WINNER: Creamfields

Best Family Festival
WINNER: Isle Of Wight Festival

Best Non-Music Festival
WINNER: Eroica Britannia

Best Small Festival
WINNER: Festival Number 6

Best Medium-Sized Festival
WINNER: Y Not Festival

Best Major Festival
WINNER: Bestival

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award
WINNER: Peter Gabriel

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