The 2008 Camden Crawl will go ahead as planned, despite the fire that ravaged the north London district on Saturday night, the festival organisers have confirmed.

Much of Camden market was gutted by the huge fire, while a team of 100 firefighters was despatched to the area to tackle the blaze.

Also damaged in the fire was The Hawley Arms, the pub frequented by the likes of Razorlight, Amy Winehouse and the Mighty Boosh, and set to be used as a venue on this year's Camden Crawl on April 18th and 19th.

But according to festival organiser Lisa Paulon, this year's event will go ahead as planned.

The Crawl has previously featured the likes of Winehouse, Klaxons, the Holloways and Hot Chip and is held in a number of venues in the north London district.

Talking to NME, she said: "Last Saturday's tragic incident has understandably had a Deep Impact on those who work, live and frequent the Camden area.

"We are especially saddened by the extent of the damage wreaked upon The Hawley Arms and the upset and disruption that is has caused to our friends there."

"Central to last year's event, The Hawley was due to host various live events and parties, but will now unfortunately not be included within the festival," Paulon added.

She explained that as no other venues were affected by the fire, this year's event will go ahead as scheduled.

"Camden's musical history and reputation for breeding new musical talent will continue to be celebrated now more than ever and we are currently looking into ways that the festival will be able to help those affected by the fire."

12/02/2008 12:45:59