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REVIEW: Easter long weekend at The Cambridge Featuring British India & The Preatures

I think I’ve finally found a second to catch my breath, and attempt to recover from the weekend. Any sort of long weekend is particularly dangerous. It’s like you have this endless stretch of days off where you can dwindle your time away, with all the things that make you happy. I packed my weekend full of every single thing I could think of, which is why I am only just finding the time to pen some words now. Recovery is very important as they say. In terms of live music for the weekend, The Cambridge Hotel really turned it up! Kicking off with what is slowly becoming a ritual of mine…

Thursday night at the Cambridge hotel. Spending the evening catching some incredible live bands, killing it mid week. But this week was different. This Easter Thursday meant that instead of another day on the grind ahead of us, there was a full, blissful day off. And how good is that!

Thursday saw a host of killer local bands kick off the weekend in style. One of the best things about the Cambridge, is  that they are constantly creating a platform for local acts like Dave and Splitfeed to not only cut their teeth on the big stage, but also give the locals a taste of exactly the amount of talent we have floating about here in Newcastle.

Headliners Brittish India have spent a whole bunch of time in the studio lately, but they still managed to give an incredibly solid performance to a packed out crowd. Their unique brand of jangly indie rock is still very much at the forefront of the Newcastle Live music scene and gig goers were happy to comply. But… In terms of a stand out act for the evening, The Hard Aches (as always) really won me over. Ahead of their own national tour, the indie-punk duo, took to the stage to give the punk kids exactly what they wanted. A punchy, hit packed set, with a splash of new music thrown in, which had punters hugging the rail, and raising their sweaty green tins in the air. A punk kids dream.

The rest of the weekend may have been a bit of a blur, but Sunday night was just the pick me up I needed. I’ve been wanting to see the Preatures live ever since they released Blue Planet Eyes back in 2013. Front-women Isabella Manfredi is eclectically stoic, and cut through the band room with a steely nonchalance that would make Chrissy Amphlett swoon. The kids at the Cambridge were also treated to a bite sized selection of new tracks, proving just how magnetic their sound truly is, leaving fans hanging out for more from the Sydney four piece. By the conclusion of their set they really did have everybody talking, and the early timeslot gave punters plenty of room to see out the final hours of the long weekend.

The Cambridge really proved to be this incredible epicentre of live music over the long weekend, with punters spoilt for choice as to exactly who to feast their ears on. For those of you who partied just as hard as I did,welcome back to reality!

Written by Newcastle Live

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