I'm not sure how you could have missed the news, but some major news outlet broke the not so secret news that the block on which The Cambridge Hotel currently resides on is flagged for redevelopment. Currently there is a lease in place for this building and the occupants (management) have announced that it is business as usual as far as they are concerned.
The dialogue online this past week has seemingly been one of anger and frustration from young and music loving peeps that see another haven of local culture potentially being removed to make way for real estate that the old and wealthy might enjoy along with their craved 'peace and quiet'.
At Mirage, we love Art and Culture and music is a huge part of the fabric of Newcastle. The Cambo has long been a place of solitude for artists and fans alike to hang and create.
But we don't see this as necessarily a bad thing. Cities evolve and you would be hard pressed to argue that Newcastle isn't currently in a state of evolution.
Over the next 6 years we need to embrace what The Cambridge is for music in this city and at the same time start to look out for the opportunities that might present themselves as part of this journey. Maybe Jesmond, Warabrook or Wallsend might transform much like spaces such as Redfern or St Kilda have in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.
My point is, turn up to shows, support the music community and be vocal in your love and appreciation for businesses and people that add value to our city.