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Columbus Music Scene: Hippo Campus

 Written by    December 3, 2018

When I was searching for colleges a few years ago, I knew I wanted to be in a city. At home I live 15 minutes away from downtown Cincinnati, and I knew I couldn’t survive at a school where the nearest Target was an hour (or even more than 20 minutes, really) away.

A huge plus about being in a city is the music scene. I love alternative rock, and Columbus has some great venues for music.

When I was in high school I saw The 1975 at Express Live and Chance the Rapper at Nationwide Arena. Last year I saw Ed Sheehan at Nationwide and Phoenix at Express. Taylor Swift played at The Shoe this past summer, and dozens of artists play at the Schottenstein Center. So if you’re into music, Columbus is a great place for that.

A few weeks ago, I got to see Hippo Campus at the Newport Music Hall. It’s a small venue directly across the street from the Ohio Union (so super convenient — no COTA bus or Uber required). I’m a big fan of small venues like the Newport because the sound quality is so much better, and you typically have a better view of the band.

My friends and I didn’t wait in line to get in early, so we ended up going upstairs and sitting on a wooden bar-like structure. For not being in the pit or along one of the balcony rails, we had a great view of the band.

Hippo Campus is fantastic, and they sound better live than recorded. If you like alternative music at all, you should listen to their new album (and all their albums). The two friends I went with were only slightly familiar with their music, but they loved it. Such a good band to see live!

There’s so much to take advantage of at Ohio State and in Columbus, and one of my favorite things by far is the variety of music performances and venues.

Bird’s eye view of Hippo Campus from upstairs at Newport. (PHOTO BY KAPCAR)

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