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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA | the AU review
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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA

Angus & Julia Stone, Kate Miller-Heidke and more to play Queenscliff Music Festival in November!

The Bellarine Peninsula seems to be the place to be this November, with the Queenscliff Music Festival dropping one tasty as hell artist announcement today! The first artist announcement features some of the country's best and indeed favourite live acts and as the festival gears up to celebrate its 19th year in 2015, we can only imagine what goodies the crew behind the QMF still have to offer.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Augie March and more confirmed on latest Bluesfest announcement!

The good folk at Bluesfest have gone and given us all an early Christmas present in releasing their fifth artist announcement today! Joining the likes of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Keys are now some fantastic musical stylings of the likes of Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Augie March and more.

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!

The Heart of St Kilda Concert to feature the likes of Colleen Hewett, Vika and Linda Bull, The Basics and more.

The Sacred Heart Mission has announced yet another great line up for its annual concert fundraiser, 'The Heart of St Kilda'. Hosted by RockWiz's Brian Nankervis, the event will be drawing from Melbourne's vibrant live music and comedy communities in lighting up the Palais for its seventh year running. Helping feed those in need are the below acts and artists:

Melbourne Ska Orchestra embarking on UK & Canadian tour from June 26th!

The Melbourne Ska Orchestra are preparing to take their awesome live show overseas! The 25 piece will be hitting up venues in the UK and Canada from June 26th, including massive festival sets at Glastonbury and the Montreal Jazz Festival. It will be the band's first foray in to the northern hemisphere, though we've got no doubt that they will be welcomed with open arms.

The Paper Kites, Brody Dalle & Melbourne Ska Orchestra join the likes of Queens of the Stone Age for Festival d'été de Québec!

Canada's largest outdoor festival, Festival d'été de Québec, is set to be phenomenal once again for 2014! The legendary July music gathering sees millions travel to the historic city for ten days of incredible live performances. There's the opportunities to discover new and fresh artists from around the world while also bearing witness some international heavyweights bringing world class live shows through to Québec too.

Win a double pass to see MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA!

Melbourne Ska Orchestra had an incredible year in 2013 with the release of their debut album taking things up a notch or ten. MSO was nominated for an ARIA award for Blue’s and Roots album of the year and took out the Age EG World Music and the Reggae Steady Ska album of the year awards.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra announce tour for March!

Melbourne Ska Orchestra have had great success over the past year, and things are only getting better. Melbourne Ska Orchestra bring together an 18 piece horn section, rhythm section, percussionist, organist, keys and 4 singers. The upcoming ‘Get Smart’ tour is heading to Australia in March and will surely get your body moving and grooving!

the AU interview: Nicky Bomba of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Melbourne)

Over the years I've had the opportunity to catch up with the amazing Nicky Bomba under several guises. From his solo material, to his work with John Butler and now the 26-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Nicky has been a very busy man in the Australian music industry. Focusing much of his attention at the moment on MSO, whose debut record hit number five in ARIA’s official Jazz Albums Chart this week, we talk about the band's upcoming performances, BIGSOUND and more...

Live Review: BIGSOUND Live - Night 2 (12.09.13)

Welcome back to coverage from Brisbane’s premier music conference and live showcase, BIGSOUND! (crowd goes wild) Tonight will feature the likes of Hey Geronimo, Sheppard, The Jungle Giants, Dubmarine, Tigertown and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, among others. However, let us begin with at Electric Playground.

Gig Announcements: SA & QLD - 29th July 2013

In This Issue: Regurgitator at The Gov, Exhumed – the best bands you’ve never heard of, Wolf Mail at The Gov, Boomstars gig at The Gov, Third Stone: The Hendrix Experience, Germein Sisters at The Gov, Bertie Page Clinic single launch, Melbourne Ska Orchestra tour.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra announce September/November tour in support of new single "The Diplomat"

After selling out venues earlier this year, Melbourne Ska Orchestra are hitting the road again this September/November in celebration of their new single "The Diplomat".

Live Review: Melbourne Ska Orchestra + The Cheap Fakes - The Tivoli, Brisbane (11.05.13)

After a great support from local boys Cheap Fakes, who played a slap bass that would make Howard Moon proud, Melbourne Ska Orchestra spilled onto the stage in a never-ending stream of brass and fedoras. It was a strong turn out for the bands first ever Brisbane show, however it's obvious to see how complicated and expensive it must be for this many guys to hit the road. The Tivoli stage heaving with 25 seasoned musicians was a sight to behold and they kicked things off with a cover of the Get Smart theme song, followed by "Lygon Street Meltdown".

Live Review: Melbourne Ska Orchestra + AuSkas - Metro Theatre, Sydney (03.05.13)

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The by no means unsubstantial stage at the Metro was still technically empty, but exceedingly full with banners and music stands marking out the positions of Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s eighteen piece horn section. With the seven or eight other musicians who would join them, this stage would soon be brimming with a sea of high energy Ska. These guys are the business!