27 May, NightQuarter
Now, I’ve been to NightQuarter many times before – but never for something like this! For those who don’t know, NightQuarter is a food lover’s fantasy, with a huge array of food trucks and stalls. But on Saturday night, if you were a food lover AND a Bliss N Eso fan, this was definitely the place you wanted to be.
Dylan Joel opened the night with his hit Blank, not long before playing his triple j, Like A Version cover of You’ve Got A Friend In Me which was extremely full of life and highly entertaining to watch!
Joel continues his set covering Ignition and many other old school hits. This artist will surely come to be known for his moves on stage because he totally nailed it, and even taught the crowd how to ‘two-step.’ He closed by splitting the crowd down the centre and getting super interactive whilst playing his jazzy single Swing.
Bliss N Eso took the stage and crowd by storm. Opening up their first weekend of their Off The Grid Tour, Act Your Age went off and shortly after MC Eso (Max MacKinnon) started Family Affair by chanting “Fam-i–ly” until the crowd caught on, before telling us that coming to the Gold Coast is like coming home.
MacKinnon and Johnathan Notley (MC Bliss) jammed out to the track before introducing the band and back-up vocals. They played many fantastic tunes from their extensive back catalogue, thanking those fans that have been there since the very beginning. After a tumultuous few years between albums, that loyalty and enthusiasm from their fans was joyously on show tonight.
Next they played a super fun version of Down By The River and not long after got in touch with the Animal Kingdom and brought a gorilla (see: a man in a gorilla suit) on stage for a boogie.
The chaps took a break from the stage and left the jams up to DJ Izm (Tarik Ejjamai), who played mash-ups of Notorious B.I.G, Snoop Dogg and Hermitude. Bliss N Eso came back to the stage with some hopeful words: “You can do it mate, and it is sunny on the other side,” before playing Devil On My Shoulder.
They introduced their next song by offering a little bit of advice to the excited crowd, “Have a little bit of something or someone in your life that provides you a little bit of dopamine,” ending the track with “Gold Coast, you’re our fucking dopamine!”
Bliss N Eso definitely did not disappoint anyone in the crowd. Their energy and attitudes completed their larger than life presence on stage. The show was coming to a close when a fan was brought onto the stage. Slightly confused, we all soon realised what was happening – this guy proposed to his girlfriend on stage with Bliss N Eso – what a dream!
Finally, they played new track Moments and closed with a crowd-favourite Addicted, encoring one last time with My Life while we shimmied on out into the night.