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Camp Cope

13 October 2023

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Opera House Presents

Contemporary Music

After eight years crafting fearless, empowering anthems that shook up Australian music, beloved Melbourne trio Camp Cope are signing off with a final farewell show at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

A beloved Australian rock trio bids a final farewell

After eight years of fearless, emo-inflected indie rock and pop, ARIA-nominated Melbourne trio Camp Cope get the rousing send off they deserve, as singer-guitarist Georgia Maq, bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and drummer Sarah Thompson celebrate a career hard fought – and won – on their own terms. This is the band’s first performance at the Sydney Opera House since their memorable headline show in 2018, and marks Georgia Maq’s return after her solo debut at Vivid LIVE last year.

Formed in 2015, Camp Cope exploded with the unvarnished power punk of their self-titled 2016 debut, a top 40 hit that earned the band critical acclaim and a prestigious Australian Music Prize nomination. Led by the ferocious “The Opener”, a rallying cry against gendered inequality in the music industry, 2018’s alternately intimate and cathartic How to Socialise & Make Friends blasted into the national top 10, scoring the trio an ARIA nomination for Best Rock Album. Following Georgia Maq’s synth pop solo debut Pleaser in 2019, Camp Cope returned with 2022’s Running with the Hurricanes, a soulful, big-hearted record that featured a collaboration with Courtney Barnett and earned the band a second Australian Music Prize nod. It was to be their swan song.

Since announcing their breakup earlier this year, the band played a rapturously received hometown show that sent them out on top. As Maq once said, “Camp Cope is in defiance of everyone who’s tried to bring us down, and it’s like: Well, you can’t, because we have each other, and we’re a mountain together.”

NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative

Hard-won hope and raw elegance. A final flourish from an accomplished, justifiably treasured Australian band that defies genre.


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