FOR such a great act, Yacht Club DJs had a small crowd at The Cambridge on Friday night. But it didn't get them down.
In their last Newcastle show before they go their separate ways at the end of the year, Guy Chappell and Gaz Harrison were practically partying harder than the crowd as they sipped beer, mixed tunes, danced around and fist-pumped excitedly for the duration of their hour-long set.
It just seems the bulk of their crowd, university students, were busy that night studying for exams.
The venue's Glasshouse, usually packed on a Friday night, only managed to fill a third of the room. Tables at the back, towards the bar, featured solo patrons browsing their phones in an almost exaggerated state of boredom as they updated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
And, all the while, Yacht Club DJs were spinning some of their best tunes - including cuts from recent mixtape Hooroo, lit by a glittering backdrop of their name in fairy lights.
People wanting to dance (and really, it was impossible not to) crept towards the back of the loosely packed crowd at the front and swayed slightly or moved around self-consciously. For most of the gig, it seemed like a spell had been cast over the tiny crowd that made them not quite enough into it.
As the night drew to a close, one fan was ejected when he jumped on to the stage to dance. Other people climbing on their friends' shoulders were also quickly shut down.
In all, the lacklustre crowd made the gig feel like a show Yacht Club DJs would have played 10 years ago - a disappointing final turn-out from a city where the DJs have had a large fan base.
In a final, bittersweet goodbye, Chappell and Harrison toasted the room with a jovial "Cheers for 10 years c - - - s", waved, and left to Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love, the crowd hugging and slow-dancing until the DJs packed up their equipment.
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