To coincide with next year’s festival launch on 26th October, Camden Crawl unveils the first of its new fortnightly FREE ENTRY ‘VARIETY’ club. Far from a typical gig night, VARIETY is what it says on the tin. Described by organisers as “four great nights out in one”, Variety is an eclectic assortment of cutting edge comedy, London’s most competitive pop quizzes with guest DJs and a very special live music guest each week.

Location: VARIETY at The Star Of Kings

126 York Way, London N1 / Date: Wednesday, 26th October 2011 Entry: FREE ENTRY 6:00pm / 12:00am curfew Happy Hour drink specials and table service 6-9pm during the quiz & comedy Line Up: Rough Trade Shops Pop Quiz (7pm) Hosted by Paul Guided Missile, this special edition of North London’s popular quiz features six exciting rounds including Catchphrase, Badly Drawing Boy, Blockbusters and the slightly rubbish live music round plus a multi-pack of crisps goes to the team with the best name. Tiernan Douieb (8pm)

A professional comedian, qualified small person, honorary beard wearer, beverage heretic, action calligrapher, Tiernan is the compere for the evening. He invented the world’s first ever Twitter Comedy Club and is part of the highly acclaimed London Comedy Improv alongside Rufus Hound, Tara Flynn, Brendan Dempsey and Michael Legge.

Phil Nichol (8:15pm)

An acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician, Phil Nichol is a truly unique performer. With a surreal edge to his mischievous rantings, his keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd has cemented his position as one of the best comedians on the circuit today.

Two Wounded Birds (9pm)

A band with a fervent appreciation of melody and a deep reverence for ‘the song’,Two Wounded Birds have steeped themselves in the defining sounds of the last 60 years. Their new Moshi Moshi single ‘Together Forever’ will be released the week of the gig. This is the sound of well-crafted, timeless pop played by a group of unwavering, romantic, rock and roll obsessives….and they’re from Margate. Awesome!

Young Legionnaire (10pm)

When a band like Young Legionnaire comes along, it’s a reminder that the UK is the originator of pounding riffs, scorching guitars and sensory-grabbing rythmns. Formed by Paul Mullen formerly of yourcodenameis:milo and Gordon Moakes of Bloc Party, the band recently signed to Wichita Recordings to release their debut album, Crisis Works.

Good Girls Gone Bad DJs (10:45pm)

The Round Our Gaff femme fatales and veteran Camden Crawl DJs, Good Girls Gone Bad blast out sounds from filthy electro to rock to hip hop until curfew.

VARIETY – 2ND SERIES Wednesday 9th November 2011

The second of our Variety series promises to live up to the launch party and deliver more of the best quiz rounds, top comedians, finest live acts and excellent DJs. Another fabulous opportunity see “four great nights in one” and to get a taster of what you can expect at The Camden Crawl 2012. Date: Wednesday, 9th November 2011 Entry: FREE ENTRY 6:00pm / 12:00am curfew Happy Hour drink specials and table service 6-9pm during the quiz & comedy Line Up: The Great Rock & Roll Quiz (7pm) Prosperous music svengalis and historians, Piers Miller and Andy Ross host their ridiculous monthly music quiz at Variety for the first time. Pit your wits against North London’s premier musical quizmasters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll argue about the geographical features of Essex! James Redmond (8pm) A dry, slick and subtle stand up who delivers unexpected twists and turns during his set as he deconstructs his art. Our compere for the night has made his name as a model and actor and is now earning his reputation as one of the funniest comedians on the circuit. Joel Dommett (8.15pm)

Joel has made a huge impact on the comedy circuit since 2007and now performs regularly at comedy events across the UK. Never failing to reduce the audience into bouts of uncontrollable laughter, this incredibly talented comedian has a unique approach and delivery that makes for the ultimate stand up.

Echo Lake(9pm)

London-based five-piece Echo Lake produce wonderfully mesmerizing lo-fi pop soundscapes which sit somewhere comfortably between Warpaint’s dreamlike atmospheres and The Concretes at their most melancholic.They have got the songs – gorgeous yet gloriously dirty shoegaze – as well as the look to capture both fancy and imagination.

Icona Pop (DJ Set) (9.45pm)

This talented duo from Stockholm make the kind of forward-thinking, effortlessly cool pop that seems second nature to most Scandinavians. Their sophisticated brand of glistening electro-pop earned them a record deal with Mercury and we’re very pleased to announce they’ll be spinning some great tunes for us on the night.

VARIETY – 3RD SERIES Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Variety’s assortment of delights goes from strength to strength on its third edition. The best free night of quiz rounds, comedy, live music and DJs in London will be featuring yet more cutting-edge talent for your enjoyment, and this line-up certainly delivers. Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2011 Entry: FREE ENTRY 6:00pm / 12:00am curfew Happy Hour drink specials and table service 6-9pm during the quiz & comedy Line Up:

Pet Supplies & Pop Quiz (7pm) The regular quiz night at The Florist in Bethnal Green can only be described as the quirkiest in town. Run by a cabaret quiz master, you’ll be laughing so much you’ll forget to write down an answer it may also include a test of your plasticine modelling abilities.

Ross Lee (8pm) It is the infantile, oddly macabre quality of Lee’s stage shows that makes them terribly watchable. A striking figure: skinny and slight and akin to a camp Yorkshire Johnny Rotten in both manner and dress sense. He performs his shows with equal amounts of amiability and gusto and with a healthy dollop of the unearthly thrown in. Incredibly funny, odd and beguiling to watch.

Acoda (8:45pm) Hard hitting and honest lyricism, ruthless execution combined with moments of pure atmosphere make ACODA a band to watch!

Fearless Vampire Killers (9:30pm) This powerful Suffolk five-piece blends “goth theatrics with anthemic melodies and curious rock twists”. A neo-classical, goth tinted, pop/punk/metal band that doesn’t fall short of conviction and vicious bite. Expect some special surprises from them tonight.

Sniff The Glove DJs (9.45pm) Prepare to dance to the ultimate rock classics courtesy of Sniff The Glove DJs. Expect spandex, headbands, patches, frilly shirts, studs, gloves and big hair (or wigs): “A pounding, pulsating celebration of 80’s rock Wayne’s World style”.

Photo by Rupert Hitchcock