Camp Cope Announce That They're Breaking Up

8 February 2023 | 2:06 pm | Mary Varvaris

After seven years, Camp Cope are hosting their final-ever show next month.

(Pic by Michelle Grace Hunder)

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Beloved Melbourne indie-rock/emo trio Camp Cope have announced that they're breaking up. After seven years playing music, vocalist Georgia Maq, bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich, and drummer Sarah "Thomo" Thompson are playing their final-ever show as part of the Brunswick Music Festival next month.

Announcing the shock news on Instagram, the How To Socialise & Make Friends band posted a photo with the big news: "RIP Camp Cope 2016-2023". The post is captioned with a gig announcement, reading "this is a special one – our LAST EVER Naarm/Melbourne show at Brunswick Music Festival with the incredible Barkaa can’t think of a more fitting farewell". The final Camp Cope show takes place on Saturday, 11 March at the Estonian House.

Aussie journalist and editor Jackson Langford reacted to the news on Twitter, citing their "bravery and fearless and unconditional allyship" as reasons the band have been important to listeners beyond music.

The band have since responded to the news on their personal Twitter accounts. View more reactions below.

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Camp Cope have been nominated for the 2023 Australian Music Prize. Upon reviewing the latest Camp Cope album, Running With The Hurricane, AMP judge Britt Aylen (writer, broadcaster) said: “Running With the Hurricane is Camp Cope's most complex and accomplished record yet. It's somehow both raw and polished, with layered vocals and a fuller sound than their previous offerings. Lyrically, still as powerful as ever.”

In 2018, the band addressed the "boys club" that pervades the Australian rock music scene. 

Speaking with The Feed’s Marc Fennell, Maq commented on how the industry has “always been a boys club”.

The band stressed that their challenge of that wasn’t something they were doing for attention, with Thompson, drummer and manager, saying “Do you think we’re having a nice time right now?”.

“Like this isn’t fun. We’re trying to say something. Everyone in the music industry is being silent.”

As they keep hitting milestone after milestone, Helmrich spoke about what success means to the band.

“The most successful I ever feel is when a young girl will come up and talk to us about what we do and how she wants to make music,” she says.

“Having someone say that we’ve inspired them to like keep ploughing through everything and just kind of like do their thing and keep doing it – that’s when I feel most successful.

“It’s not just one particular show in a great space, it’s like the whole thing. Like we’ve done it all by ourselves and we’ve done it together.”

RIP Camp Cope.