Summer Camp: Cluny, Newcastle – live review

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Cluny, Newcastle

3rd October 2015

Summer Camp bring the party to Newcastle with a slew of new tracks, as Elizabeth dazzles everyone with her incredibly powerful voice.

It’s been a long time since Summer Camp entertained a Geordie crowd and with a new album and a soundtrack released since their last visit, they had a lot of tracks to show off, and as the crowd amasses tour support Wille J Healey takes to the stage. However, it’s a sound that has become all too familiar to us, this lacklustre performance doesn’t really set our evening alight.

Willie’s faux Jamie T style lacks passion and excitement; it feels very much like he and his band are going through the motions. As they leave the stage we’re feeling a little bit uninspired, yet we still have extremely high hopes for Summer Camp. Fortunately they deliver from the off opening up with Fresh, instilling a party atmosphere and raising the tempo significantly.

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The old songs still sound as exceptional as ever, but the new tracks pack just as much of a punch with title track Bad Love being an instant disco infused hit. Their set provides all the excitement and disco tunes that we’d been hoping for this evening. Both Jeremy and Elizabeth are in top form striking up jovial conversations with the crowd, there’s a great atmosphere in the room.

The latter part of the set is the undoubted highlight of the evening, Keep Up sees Summer Camp heading off in a rockier direction. Whilst it was unexpected, it was wholly welcomed and we can only hope that this is a taste of things to come. They close out the set with an emphatic cover of 4 Non Blonde’s What’s Up, capping off an incredible evening.

As we leave we cannot help but continue to swoon over Elizabeth’s exquisite voice. Her power is phenomenal; it’s rare you see somebody so unbelievably talented in such a small venue. Making tonight all the more special, as we continue to question why Summer Camp aren’t selling out huge venues.


Summer Camp can be found online here They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @Summercampband.

All words and photos by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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