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Bliss N Eso to thrill Coffs fans

VOTING on Facebook might be the public reason for Bliss N Eso scheduling a June concert in Coffs Harbour during their Australian tour, but for at least one member of their entourage, it is a chance to return home.

After taking to the stage at several Big Day Out concerts around the country, hip hop stars Bliss N Eso called for votes on Facebook to decide where to take their next tour and Coffs Harbour was chosen.

Former local Simon Coates is Bliss N Eso’s sound engineer.

“I think the first real big break he got was when he was invited to do the sound at Bluesfest, where Bliss N Eso played,” said tour promoter Shane Seccombe of local entertainment agency Offbeat Operations.

“After that Bliss N Eso rang him up and said, ‘we like what you did at Bluesfest, can you do a gig for us’,” Mr Seccombe said.

“He was in a real state because the same night he was booked to do my birthday party.”

After urging Simon Coates to “go for it”, he said, “he’s been their sound guy and toured with them ever since, so Coffs has got a soft spot for them”.

Running on Air is both the name of Bliss N Eso’s album which debuted at number one on the ARIA album chart and a good description of their sudden success. The album becomes the seventh highest-selling Australian CD of the year in 2010.

Fans, radio jocks and critics have lapped up Running on Air.

“This is a career defining album, an album by which every new hip-hop

release in this country will be judged, and deservedly so. Sonically, the album is astonishing ... they’ve created a sound that is ridiculously slick and that keeps the listener guessing at every turn,” wrote Luke McKinnon in his The Vine CD review.

“Layered journey of diverse velocities ... guaranteed to surprise ... surprising articulate diction ... taking Australian hip hop to a new level,” is how Poppy Reid from The Music Network saw the album.

“It’s great that a band of this calibre is coming back to Coffs and giving it back to Coffs Harbour,” Shane Seccombe said.

“We’ve been associated with the band for four years. From the first time I saw them at the Planto, I knew we had someone special – every time they just delivered. We built it up to where the Coffs shows were getting 1000 at each gig – the city responded to them.

“They’re not like some hip hop acts that come across all aggressive – they put over a good vibe – a happy party vibe – all nice, relaxed and enjoyable.”

Bliss N Eso will play an all-ages concert at Coffs Harbour Showground on the Sunday of the June long weekend. There will be four support acts. Joining them on the bill are the Sydney band Horrorshow, which shone at last year’s Open Arms Festival, Beats Working, a Coffs Harbour and Newcastle band currently touring their second album, local reggae artists Ebb n Flo, and Big B.

Giving local bands the chance to play in support, offering the show as an all-ages event and keeping ticket prices under $50 was also a credit to Bliss N Eso, he said.

A licensed sectioned-off bar area will operate near the showground stage and security will ensure entry is by adults.

“Get out there and buy tickets early, as we’re not sure how big this is going to go,” Mr Seccombe said. “If locals hang back ’til the last minute before they

decide – as they often do around here – they may miss out on this.”

He hopes between 3000 and 4000 people buy tickets to the show, although the showground venue can accommodate up to 7000.

“With Bliss N Eso’s last four tours selling out and with a ticket price under $50, this tour is sure to sell out in a heartbeat.”

Gates will open at 4pm on Sunday, June 12, and the five-band line-up will have finished playing by 9.30pm.

“We want to keep the noise down for residents and it is an all-ages gig. We don’t want young ones out too late at night.”

Tickets, priced at just under $50, are available at Park Beach Music, Coopers Surf at Palms Shopping, and online at

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