Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud Bali May 1-5, 2024

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Big Band Ska Music


Formed in 2003, Melbourne Ska Orchestra is an orchestra with a difference. Comprising up to 26 members this juggernaut contains some of Australia’s finest musicians and performers. Helmed by the energetic and charismatic Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio, Bomba, Bustamento) Melbourne Ska Orchestra are more than just a band, they are a force to be reckoned with.

The band’s debut self-titled release resulted in sell out national shows, multiple major festival appearances, three international tours and a host of awards and nominations. Their sophomore release Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, secured that band it’s first ARIA award in 2016. Never shying from a challenge, the band set a high bar by undertaking the mammoth endeavor to release a song every week for an entire year. The resulting 52 songs compiled into a four album box set, One Year Of Ska, took the band to a second ARIA award win in 2019.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s live performance is explosive and infectious. Their unique take on the genre of Ska has wowed audiences all over the world. From Montreal to New York, Istanbul to London, Tokyo to Mexico and with the approval of Reggae and Ska pioneers like Stranger Cole, Owen Gray, Carlos Malcolm, Ranking Roger and Neville Staples the Melbourne Ska Orchestra sound is resonating with audiences worldwide– young and old.

This is Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s first year headlining The BaliSpirit Festival. Look for band leader, Nicky Bomba, a few times this year as he collaborates with Punnu Wasu and the other band he leads, Bustamente.

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