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REVIEW: The rumours are true, Thursdays at The Cambo are indeed, the new Friday!

I read an article last week about Thursday being the new Friday. I was skeptical about this at first, but honestly I’m skeptical about most things. But since, thanks to the retail life I do lead, technically Thursday is my Monday so I thought I’d give it a shot and head to the Cambridge Hotel to see what all the fuss is about. As it turned out however, it wasn’t just me who decided to wander down the rabbit hole that is the new Friday.

Last Thursday was the first of many “Thursday Night Live” sessions at the Cambridge Hotel. Their primary goal being to give punters a place to let off some steam on a school night, enjoy the perks of some cheap drinks, very good tunes, and as all dedicated Directioners would know, a chance to “live while we’re young”.

It was the first time I’d been inside the band room since the much anticipated renovation. The space is clean, open and just so much more inviting than I’ve ever remembered. The smoking area is now conveniently tucked away and the entire focus is on the main event. A great change in the eyes of this lover of live music.

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Speaking of tunes… Emile Kate began the evening with some deliciously sweet folk songs, treating gig goers to a string of melodic wonderment and intimate guitar backed words. An absolute standout, despite her overwhelmingly sweet demeanour and excellent set, was her cover of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Easily a top contender for the coveted youth of Australia “Like a Version” spot.
Seeing the killer kids and alt-electro locals Ceilings do their thing, was something I was really looking forward to, and I was definitely not disappointed. In fact, I am constantly blown away by this band every time I’ve had the pleasure to see them play live. They have this real Jezabel-esque vibe about them, with vocalist Holly delivering a hauntingly beautiful performance. Backed by her band of oh so incredibly talented musos who are meticulous in their every movement, sound and output, Ceilings are really paving the way for the genre in Newcastle. They really do own the ‘twilight hours’ as they say.Hipster kids KLLO lived up to their self attached label of ‘dreamy, romantic, garage electro’. Extremely smooth and atmospheric pop-like electronica filled the room with an infectious groove. Their performance was a chilled out yet invigorating set from the Melbourne locals, whose latest EP ‘Well Worn’ has been gracing my headphones ever since.

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Hipster kids KLLO lived up to their self attached label of ‘dreamy, romantic, garage electro’. Extremely smooth and atmospheric pop-like electronica filled the room with an infectious groove. Their performance was a chilled out yet invigorating set from the Melbourne locals, whose latest EP ‘Well Worn’ has been gracing my headphones ever since.Overall, the very first “Thursday Night Live” was definitely a success. The Cambridge once again proved to be a space for both the sophisticated gig goer and the individual who is a firm believer in simply trudging through the last day of the working week with an air of slightly hungover grace and finesse that is reserved specifically for the young and the restless. Oh and the rumours are true. Thursday is indeed, the new Friday.

Overall, the very first “Thursday Night Live” was definitely a success. The Cambridge once again proved to be a space for both the sophisticated gig goer and the individual who is a firm believer in simply trudging through the last day of the working week with an air of slightly hungover grace and finesse that is reserved specifically for the young and the restless. Oh and the rumours are true. Thursday is indeed, the new Friday.


Coming up


Coming up for Thursday Night Live at The Cambridge Hotel!

SEPT 22 – Plutonic Lab

SEPT 29 – Totally Unicorn with Pagan + Jamie Hay & Grim Indiana

OCT 6 – Sean Kingston

OCT 13 – Katchafire


ABOUT LAURA


I’m Laura, and writing about our wonderful city is something I am oh so passionate about. You can find me tucked away in the corner of your local open mic night, taking in the sights with a local artist flowing through my headphones, or hanging out in the front row of your first gig where you’re debating whether the staff count as crowd members. Built on coffee, live music and punk nostalgia, I write about talented people doing talented things.

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Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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