In what marked one of the last shows to be held at Newcastle’s iconic music venue, the Cambridge Hotel, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and special guest Hatchie certainly gave punters a night to remember on their stop on Jack Daniel’s Make It Count Tour on March 16.
Joining the next stop of the tour was dream-pop sensation Hatchie, who took the stage took the stage of a fairly packed out main room at 8:30 pm as her waify, haunting vocals creepy through every crevice of the venue while she sang ‘This Enchanted’ from her latest album, Rooftops.
The energy began to build over the rest of her set until the entire room was packed out body to body as the critically-acclaimed artist wowed the crowd with the super pop-heavy “Lights On” and her very Cranberries-esque hit track “Sure”.
The mesmerising performance emphasised Hatchie’s uncanny ability to seamlessly blend an array of genres—from shoegaze to pop, and even industrial and trip-hop—creating a sonic experience that both she and the listener can get lost in.
Between performances, punters reminisced on their favourite Cambo memories, pointing at the seemingly infinite collection of signed drum skins covering the walls that had been signed by the likes of everyone from Bliss n Eso to Wolfmother.
The crowd was well and truly warmed up as Melbourne legends Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever took the stage, with many heading straight to the barrier as they rocked out to frontman Fran Keany who had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.
Playing everything from the fan favourite “French Press” to newer hits like “The Way It Shatters”, the evening culminated with a wholesome and weighty encore as drummer Marcel Tussie emerged dressed full head to toe in a Woody costume – as he was celebrating his Bucks Party before his wedding this weekend.
Since the release of their debut EP Talk Tight back in 2015, the Melbourne-based rockers have been rampaging through stages across the globe with breakneck velocity.
With the new year in full swing, are putting the final touches on their highly-anticipated second album, Sideways to New Italy, and gearing up for yet another explosive international tour.
The epic night was just the latest in a string of electrifying shows on the Jack Daniel’s Make It Count Tour, which has previously seen acts like Dune Rats, pop punk rockers Stand Atlantic and punk rock legends RedHook perform off-the-hook shows across the country.
Next up for the Jack Daniel’s Make it Count Tour is Touch Sensitive and special guests Nyxen, Juno Mamba & Foura, who will perform a DJ Set in Melbourne on March 29 at 170 Russell, while Sly Withers and Mal De Mar are set to get the party started on Tuesday, April 24 at Perth’s Magnet Magnet House.
With tickets for the gigs costing just $10, Jack Daniel’s Make It Count tour ethos is to give back to artists and venues and celebrate the reignition of the live music scene in Australia, so this time around the liquor lords are bringing you epic live acts to raise money Support Act. So far, Jack Daniel’s Make It Count Tour has raised over $70,000 for this charity.
Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, artist managers, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts their ability to work in music.
To nab tickets for the next stop on Jack Daniel’s Make It Count tour, head to the website.