Stars coming out to play in Coffs this summer
IN AMONG the festive and holiday activities, Coffs Coast revellers and visitors will have a chance to catch some the biggest musical acts in the country including some ARIA winners/nominees as they arrive en masse over the December/January period.
In December you have the chance to see some of the hottest DJ acts including ARIA nominees Bombs Away and the intriguing Ruby Rose among other big touring acts at the Plantation Hotel.
They kick off their head-spinning line-up this weekend with Nick Skitz on Saturday night.
C.ex Coffs will be bringing in the big guns in January with a concert by ARIA winner Jessica Mauboy and country music star Amber Lawrence with special guest, 2012 X-Factor runner-up Jason Owen.
Fans of the show may remember Jason was pipped by pop starlet Samantha Jade was also took home an ARIA this week.
Those of you who like your music on the heavier side will be in heaven when hard rock architects and winners of best hard rock/heavy metal ARIA Karnivool team up with Dead Letter Circus for a show at C.ex Coffs in early 2014 as part of their Polymorphism tour.
Retro music lovers will be in their element when Pseudo Echo "version 2014" arrives at the Hoey Moey in January with original member Brian Canham still out in front (albeit with a lot tamer hairstyle these days).
Gen X should be out in force that night as they recall the lyrics to Listening and A Beat for You.
Also at the Hoey in January are Melbourne Indie bands and Triple J favourites Kingswood and Calling All Cars as well as the award-winning North Queensland duo Busby Marou and Mat McHugh from the Beautiful Girls on his Summer Come Save me Tour.
At the Sawtell RSL you can see Australia's Got Talent winner and Coffs' own Uncle Jed fresh from impressing Dawn, Geri, Timomatic and Kyle.
Lead singer Laura Still was Jessica Mauboy's backing vocalist before gaining her own place in stardom with her cousins Danny and Shannon.
Fans of John Lennon shouldn't miss this amazing Looking Through a Glass Onion homage to the legendary Beatle and peacemaker by another legend, actor and musician John Waters.
John's production has been around for two decades now taking him to hundred of stage here in Australia and internationally.
If you are yet to witness this entertaining and sometime moving tribute get grab the chance in January.
And why not kick off 2014 in style by spending it with another legend of the Australian screen and stage Jon English. Jon's Trilogy of Rock show will revisit the classic rock hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s all delivered with those distinctive English vocals and a full eight-piece band.
And while technically this is an early February gig, we can't help but get excited over the Flix in The Stix tour which brings alt rockers Eskimo Joe and musical comedy act Axis of Awesome to the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.
This is just a taste of what's to come, so stay tuned to Social Animal over the holiday period for more updates, interviews and giveaways.
HOLIDAY MUSIC CHECKLIST
- December 13: Bombs Away, Plantation Hotel
- December 20: Ruby Rose, Plantation Hotel
- December 21: Uncle Jed at Sawtell RSL
- December 31: Jon English's Trilogy of Rock, Sawtell RSL
- January 2: Amber Lawrence + Jason Owen, C.ex Coffs
- January 9: Jessica Mauboy, C.ex Coffs
- January 8: Kingswood + Calling All Cars, Hoey Moey
- January 10: Mat McHugh (Beautiful Girls), Hoey Moey
- January 11: Pseudo Echo, Hoey Moey
- January 12: John Waters' Looking Through A Glass Onion, Sawtell RSL
- January 15: Karnivool + Dead Letter Circus, C.ex Coffs
- January 18: Busby Marou, Hoey Moey