Just a few months after Camp Cope performed their last-ever show at the Sydney Opera House, the band have released it as a full-length concert film.
The surprise release comes as a parting gift to the band’s devoted fanbase, to whom drummer Sarah ‘Thomo’ Thompson dedicated the film in a statement: “It was such a special night with the room being filled with people from all around Australia, as well as people who traveled from all over the world, and we are so happy that it was captured to share with you.
“Camp Cope fans have always been the reason we have loved playing live, and this night was no different. You made it a show (and career) we will never forget. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support over the past eight years, none of this could’ve happened without you.”
The film is available to stream, free of charge, exclusively via the Opera House’s own bespoke streaming platform. Check it out here.
The performance itself went down on October 13, 2023, with a sold-out crowd celebrating Camp Cope’s legendary eight-year tenure. It opened with a short film helmed by Natalie van den Dungen – harking back to their first headline show at the Opera House in 2018 – and featured guest appearances from the likes of Julia Jacklin and Rin McArdle (as well as a handful of the band’s personal friends and family).
Also notable in the set was the band’s extended take on The Opener, stretched into a ten-minute epic with a previously unheard piano ballad.
Reviewing the gig for The Music, Mary Varvaris wrote: “Camp Cope performed their final show in the way they always existed: unpretentious, no egos, no encores, a little bit cheeky, unafraid to challenge the status quo, without histrionics and pyro, and completely authentic to who they always were: three friends who happened to make great punk tunes.”