SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR 2016

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Only three years from Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s debut album –sees the release of their second album, Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, April 22, 2016 – picking up where they left off, taking the age old style of Ska and adding to it with aplomb. The band’s debut resulted in sell-out shows both in Australia and abroad, many high profile festival appearances internationally, a slew of award nominations and some wins both here and in the UK.

Sierra-Kilo-Alpha is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s own history – a nod to the past with an eye firmly on the future, dangerous and free. Recorded at the ABC and Freeburgh studios in Melbourne, in the winter of 2015. Sierra-Kilo-Alpha throbs with hope, excitement and freshness. The band has recently signed record deals in both the US and the UK, after two years of very successful touring to the regions. So 2016 will see the new record released across the globe, with touring to follow.

MSO’s live performance is nothing short of spectacular, sometimes tipping the 30 player mark. The National album launch tour kicks off at The Night Quarter on the Gold Coast, April 22. Touring with between 20 and 30 band members at all times MSO will play both capital city and regional dates, spanning from April to June. Showcasing new songs from Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, fans are in for a treat; it will be an unstoppable dance floor across the nation!

All of this before the band head over to the UK in August, to play at The Garage in London, Kaya World Music Festival and Boomtown. 2016 sees Melbourne Ska Orchestra off and running, at break neck speed…

Get your tickets to one of the album launch shows now before you miss out!

Presented By: RHYTHMS, TONEDEAF, SCENESTR, THE BRAG & BEAT

Fri 22nd April
THE NIGHT QUARTER, Gold Coast QLD
www.nightquarter.com.au / 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 6pm

Sat 23rd April
THE TRIFFID, Brisbane QLD
w/ Special Guests CHEAP FAKES
www.thetriffid.com.au / 9 Stratton St, Newstead
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors open 8pm

Sun 24th April
SOL BAR, Sunshine Coast QLD
www.solbar.com.au / Ocean St, Maroochydore
Tickets $35 +bf from venue & www.oztix.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Fri 13th May
MANNING BAR, Sydney Uni NSW
w/ Special Guests Hot Tomato Band
www.manningbar.com / Manning Rd, Camperdown
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors open 8pm

Sat 14th May
THE GRAND ARCH, Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains NSW
A Special Night, with guests THE RHYTHM HUNTERS
Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan Caves NSW
Early bird tickets $50 + bf for limited time, $60 + bf GA from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/35437
Doors open 6pm

Fri 20th May
THE GOV, Adelaide SA
w/ Special Guests GORILLA JONES
www.thegov.com.au / 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh ADELAIDE
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 8pm

Sat 28th May
MAX WATT’S, Melbourne VIC
w/ Special Guests KOOYEH
www.maxwatts.com.au / 125 Swanston St, MELBOURNE
Tickets $35 +bf from https://maxwatts.ticketscout.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Fri 24th June
SAWTELL RSL, Coffs Harbour NSW
www.offbeatoperations.com.au / First Avenue, Sawtell NSW
Tickets $30 +bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 7.30pm

Sat 25th June
MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL, Mullumbimby NSW
55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW
Tickets A$32.00 +BF &cc / Y$26.00+BF&cc / C$20.00+BF&cc / under 5yrs free – from www.redsquaremusic.com.au
Doors 7.00pm

FUNKCHUNK single is available now
LISTEN HERE

New Album SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA, out April 22
Via FOUR|FOUR

MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA “GET SMART” WITH MARCH TOUR

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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 Blues and Roots album of the year and took out the Age EG World Music and the Reggae Steady Ska album of the year awards.

However, it is the stage where this 30-odd piece truly shine. MSO started selling out headline shows within a few months of their album release and have become a highlight of the National festival circuit with a sway of high profile International offers starting to land.

Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio, Bustamento), MSO bring an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist, keys and 4 singers. The “Get Smart” Tour demands you to get your body moving with the life force that is MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA.

GET SMART TOUR PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC

FRI MARCH 14 – HQ – ADELAIDE W/EL MOTH – BUY TICKETS HERE
SAT MARCH 15 – HI FI BAR – MELBOURNE W/EL MOTH & DJ KILMARNOCK STEVE – BUY TICKETS HERE
FRI MARCH 21 – HI FI BAR – BRISBANE W/BELLYAS – BUY TICKETS HERE
FRI MARCH 28 – HI FI BAR – SYDNEY W/TBC – BUY TICKETS HERE

LISTEN HERE:

www.melbourneskaorchestra.com

Damien dempsey – IT’S ALL GOOD 2014 TOUR

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Damien Dempsey has announced he will return to Australia and New Zealand in March to undertake a national tour and festival appearances to celebrate the launch of his upcoming album “It’s All Good – The Best of Damien Dempsey”, a celebration of his career to date which encompasses six top 10 studio albums over 15 years.

The album will include fan favourites such as “Sing All Our Cares Away”, “It’s All Good”, “Colony”, “Almighty Love”, “Bustin’ Outta Here” and his No. 1 Christmas single “The Auld Triangle” with Glen Hansard, along with two new brand new tracks recorded especially for this release “Happy Days” and “St Patrick’s Brave Brigade”.

Damien has had an incredible 2013, following the release of his sixth studio album “Almighty Love” in September 2012. To mention but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The summer saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought his first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York. Damien toured Australia once more in November before heading back to Ireland for headline dates nationally before heading back to Vicar Street for his now traditional two Christmas gigs.

Tickets to Damien’s headline shows on sale Monday 6th January 2014

7th – 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Mick O’Malley’s, BRISBANE
Friday 14th March – Prince Bandroom, MELBOURNE
Sunday 16th March – The Metro Theatre, SYDNEY
Monday 17th March – Capitol Theatre, PERTH

Saturday 22 March – The San Fran, Wellington, NZ
Thursday 27 March – Dux Live, Christchurch, NZ
Friday 28 March – Coronation Hall, Dunedin, NZ
Saturday 29 March – The Munster Inn, Auckland, NZ

April 11/12 – Gumball festival
April 17 – 21- National Folk Festival – Canberra

‘It’s All Good – The Best Of Damien Dempsey’ new album is out February 14, 2014 through FOUR | FOUR.

www.damiendempsey.com

DAMIEN DEMPSEY ANNOUNCES ‘BEST OF’ ALBUM FOR 2014

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Legendary Irish singer / songwriter Damien Dempsey has had an incredible year, following the release of “Almighty Love” in October 2012.

To name but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The winter saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought Damien’s first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York.

Damien is undertaking a UK tour currently, before returning to Australian shores next month. He rounds off the year returning to Ireland for his late-November and December tour dates.

Damo has had an incredible career to date, releasing 6 albums since 2000. Early-2014 will see the release of Damien’s’ Best Of’ album, a celebration of Damien’s career to date.

Damien will be in Australia this November performing as part of the AWME festival and some select key shows also.

DAMIEN DEMPSEY – NOVEMBER TOUR DATES

Sunday November 10 – Sydney – The Vanguard (Sold Out)
Monday November 11 – Sydney – The Vanguard

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Thursday November 14 – Melbourne – AWME – HiFi Bar
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Sunday November 17 – Perth – Rosie O’Grady’s
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“Singer Damien Dempsey is a real working-class hero” – The Sunday Times

“For me he’s the best of Irish music” – Brian Eno

BOMBA and BUTLER dance to a new Ska…

In a personal statement to fans over the weekend, John Butler & Nicky Bomba announced the departure of Bomba from the John Butler Trio. Nicky’s involvement with his many successful projects, particularly the rise of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, is the reason behind the change. Nicky and John both agreed on the focusing of energies as a positive step forward.

In May this year the Melbourne Ska Orchestra embarked on their first debut album tour, selling out venues in Sydney (The Metro), Melbourne (Forum) & Brisbane (The Tivoli) .The response was overwhelming, and the self-titled album gained rave reviews and radio support nationally.

To celebrate this new chapter, the band has just released a new single ‘THE DIPLOMAT’ from their acclaimed self-titled debut album. (A timely title given the election frenzy!). Setting out on tour in September, the 30-piece ramshackle juggernaut that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra will hit BigSound (Brisbane), Adelaide, Fremantle & Perth, followed up by a host of festivals and a Sydney date in November.

The announcement seems to have received the respectful blessings of many fans with an understanding of John and Nicky’s long association.
It is evident the respect is high between the two, Butler stating:

Nicky has been a part of the Trio in some way or another in different forms over the past 10 years, and somehow I think he will always be some kind of thread in the weave that we are. We are blood and soul music brothers. But Nicky is a front man through and through, and over the last few years watching his amazing Melbourne Ska Orchestra go from strength to strength and the opportunities for this grand dream of his open up wider and wider I had to ask him, and myself; is now a good time for him to ride that horse while she’s heading for a full gallop? Seeing him play to a sold out Metro City gig in Sydney a few months ago made my heart full and happy. It felt and looked “right”. It is an amazing time in Nicky’s world as all his stars are aligning for his own project, and I honour that path completely and am so happy to watch my brother shine. John Butler

Nicky Bomba stated:

As a songwriter and performer in my own right, the time felt right to hop back on my own ship to nurture the stories I’ve created. Along with my other projects, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra has gathered some steam of late and the stretching of energies and clashing of dates meant something had to give. John and I understood the scenario and like seasoned travellers at a crossroad, we both happily agreed on this GPS recalculation! Nicky Bomba

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra present “THE DIPLOMAT TOUR”

Saturday 21st Sep
The Gov, Adelaide SA
59 Port Rd HINDMARSH
W/ BABYLON BURNING & DJS Kilmarnock Steve & Old Skool Andy
Tickets $35 + bf from , www.oztix.com.au & www.moshtix.com.au

Friday 27th Sep
Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Parry St, FREMANTLE
W/ BELEZA & DJ DAN GROK
Tickets $35 + bf from www.flybynight.org
Doors open 8pm

Saturday 28th Sep
Astor Theatre, Perth WA
659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, PERTH
W/ MOD SQUAD & DJ DAN GROK
Tickets $35 + bf from the venue, www.showticketing.com.au & (08) 9370 5888
18+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Doors open 7.30pm

Sunday 29th Sep
Wave Rock Weekender, WA
For all ticketing and bill info go to www.soulhighway.com.au

Saturday 9th Nov
Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
www.factorytheatre.com.au
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Tickets $30 + bf from www.ticketek.com.au
Doors open 8pm

ALSO PLAYING:
Thursday 12th Sep
BIGSOUND, Brisbane
For all details go to: www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2013/

Saturday 5th Oct
Caloundra Music Festival
Kings Beach, CALOUNDRA
with Boy and Bear, Xavier Rudd, Katchafire, The Basics + many more
For all ticketing and line up info go to www.caloundramusicfestival.com

Saturday 23rd Nov
Queenscliff Music Festival
with The Living End, John Butler Trio, The Grates, Spiderbait + many more. For full line up and ticketing details go to www.qmf.net.au

14-17 November
AWME, Melbourne
For more information see: www.awme.com.au

THE NEW SINGLE “THE DIPLOMAT” IS OUT NOW
THE “MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA” ALBUM IS OUT NOW
AVAILABLE ON FOUR|FOUR / ABC

Melbourne Ska Orchestra presents…THE DIPLOMAT TOUR

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) hit the road earlier this year to celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album. Managing to fill venues with hoards of smiling faces and dancing bodies. . A 100% strike rate of rave reviews, packed venues with hoards of smiling faces and dancing bodies, the grand adventure is well and truly underway.

Although touring 30+ members is no mean feat, the time has come to hit the road again and take this unique ramshackle train a little farther afield. Starting in Brisbane at the BigSound conference in September, MSO will then travel to Adelaide and Western Australia, before heading back to the East Coast for a Sydney show and run of festivals including; Caloundra and Queenscliff.

An explosive celebration of music unfolds on stage with some of Australia’s finest musicians, when the 30-odd piece orchestra hits the stage. Imagine the force of an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist and 4 singers and you may only begin to understand the life force that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio, Bustamento), with his professional, energetic and impulsive conducting style, Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a fun-loving big band experience. Influenced by the golden ska period of the 60’s, the 2Tone jump up from the UK, their new album of original material showcases the international quality of their songs. A massive hit at festivals; the MSO is fast becoming a must-see institution with members hailing from some of the best ska and reggae bands in Australia.

Out now on FOUR|FOUR, the self-titled debut album from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is the culmination of years of passion and performance from one of the most energetic and inspired ensembles currently winning over audiences right across the country. This is music at its most entertaining; vibrant, surprising, and with a beat to shame the Devil. This is Ska.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the new single release, late August. “The Diplomat”. Featuring vocals by Nicky Bomba, the sultry Rebecca Ari and Pat Powell (‘Best Things In Life Are Free’, as seen on the National Freeview TVC), and with that distinctive Big Band sound, the song is sure to get your money maker skankin.

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“The gig was amazing”. – Lachlan Douglas, Scene Magazine

“The sheer amount of manic movement and spirited skanking evident at the show simply proves the power of Ska and Reggae. There’s something in the music that makes people move without thinking, seemingly hypnotized.” – Jon Jobbagy – AU Review

“It’s a crime that the Melbourne Ska Orchestra are not more popular… The MSO put on an outstanding show that lit up the room and they wrung every ounce of enjoyment out of a crowd that ignored any specific demographic and who were all there together to skank Friday into oblivion. Mission accomplished.” – Matt MacMaster – The Music/Drum Media

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra present “THE DIPLOMAT TOUR”
Presented by: dB Magazine, X-PRESS Magazine & The BRAG

Saturday 21st Sep
The Gov, Adelaide SA
www.thegov.com.au
59 Port Rd HINDMARSH
Tickets $35 + bf from , www.oztix.com.au & www.moshtix.com.au

Friday 27th Sep
Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
www.flybynight.org
Parry St, FREMANTLE
Tickets $35 + bf from www.flybynight.org
Doors open 8pm

Saturday 28th Sep
Astor Theatre, Perth WA
www.liveattheastor.com.au
659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, PERTH
Tickets $35 + bf from the venue, www.showticketing.com.au & (08) 9370 5888
18+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Doors open 7.30pm

Sunday 29th Sep
Wave Rock Weekender, WA
For all ticketing and bill info go to www.soulhighway.com.au

Saturday 9th Nov
Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
www.factorytheatre.com.au
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Tickets $30 + bf from www.ticketek.com.au
Doors open 8pm

ALSO PLAYING:
Sep 11th & 12th
BIGSOUND, Brisbane
For all details go to: http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2013/

Saturday 5th Oct
Caloundra Music Festival
Kings Beach, CALOUNDRA
with Boy and Bear, Xavier Rudd, Katchafire, The Basics + many more
For all ticketing and line up info go to www.caloundramusicfestival.com

Saturday 23rd Nov
Queenscliff Music Festival
with The Living End, John Butler Trio, The Grates, Spiderbait + many more.
For full line up and ticketing details go to www.qmf.net.au

Ready? Set? SKA!! Melbourne Ska Orchestra Album Tour kicks off This Week

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The guys from Melbourne Ska Orchestra are jumping out of their suits with excitement this week as they get ready to bring the party to you on the Melbourne Ska Orchestra ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR – kicking off this Friday in Sydney.

With over 30 of them in tow, it’s a RARE chance to see them outside of festival land where they have been making big noise for a while now.

Showcasing their brand new self-titled album – which we released in March. The love has been strongly felt from fans and after some monster shows at Golden Plains and Byron Bluesfest, tickets are selling fast.

This will be their FIRST time in Sydney and Brisbane. And though Melbourne skankers have had the pleasure before, prepare for serious special-guest action in all 3 shows.

Melbourne has The Strange Tenants (need we say more – The Godfathers Of Australian Ska), Sydney, The Auskas, and Brisbane, The Cheap Fakes. This is as well as Mista Savona on the decks, or in Melbourne with Savona Sound System featuring some of Melbourne’s finest MCs.

Up front and skankin’ will be Mr Charisma himself, conductor Nicky Bomba, with the talents of MSO siren Rebecca Ari, the soulful Pat Powell and ska-tastic Stevie Montgomery. Not to be forgotten is the killer 14 to 19 piece horn section, expert percussion & steel pans and powerhouse rhythm section.

Showcasing new songs and classics, this is going to be something very special. So, iron your suits and dresses, get your best hats and style up for the MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR.

Don’t miss out!

PRESENTED BY… ABC DIG MUSIC & SPA

Friday 3rd May
THE METRO
SYDNEY, NSW
with Special Guests “AUSKAS” + “MISTA SAVONA” (DJ Set)
Doors open 8:00pm
BUY TICKETS $30 + BF from www.ticketek.com.au

Saturday 4th May
THE FORUM THEATRE
MELBOURNE, VIC
with Special Guests “STRANGE TENANTS” + “SAVONA SOUND SYSTEM”
Doors Open 8:00pm
BUY TICKETS $30.00 + BF from www.ticketmaster.com

Saturday 11th May
THE TIVOLI
BRISBANE, QLD
with Special Guests “CHEAP FAKES” + “MISTA SAVONA” (DJ Set)
Doors Open 7:30pm
BUY TICKETS $30 + BF from www.ticketek.com.au

“…the MSO shows just how much fun can be had with a cracking tune, great players and a keen sense of humour”
Polly Coufos – The Australian Newspaper

“Verdict – Infectious”
Daniel Johnson – Daily Telegraph

“…they’ve done the genre proud”
Daniel Johnson – Courier Mail

Damien Dempsey announces exclusive final Sydney show – Thursday 18 April @ Factory Theatre

Damien Dempsey Bluesfest Dan Sultan
(Damo is joined by Dan Sultan for “Schooldays Over” at Bluesfest)

Troubadour Music and FOUR FOUR present DAMIEN DEMPSEY for a special one-night event for his fans with an exclusive Meet & Greet after the show.

Following a sell-out tour of Australia, Damien will play at Sydney’s Factory Theatre for one more intimate show before heading back to Ireland.

Dubbed “The Greatest Irish Singer of his Generation” (the Guardian) Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and due to an always busy touring schedule fans rarely get the chance to experience an evening like this.

Over the Easter long weekend, friend and acclaimed local musician Dan Sultan took the stage alongside Damien at BluesFest in Byron Bay, for a stirring rendition of the Luke Kelly classic ‘Schooldays Over’, a festival highlight for many. Dan returned to the stage for the band’s encore performance of The Pogues’ classic ‘Rainy Night In Soho’.

The audience will have an opportunity to meet Damien in a special Meet & Greet after the upcoming Factory Theatre show, making this a night not to be missed.

Secure your tickets now as this show is sure to sell out!

THURSDAY 18TH APRIL, 2013
Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
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“the greatest Irish Singer of his generation” – The Guardian

“singer Damien Dempsey is a real working-class hero” – The Sunday Times

“for me he’s the best of Irish music” – Brian Eno

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Album Tour

MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR
Presented by ABC DIG MUSIC & Street Press Australia

Friday 3rd May
The Metro Theatre, Sydney
With AuSkas & Mista Savona (DJ Set)
Tickets $30+bf from www.ticketek.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Saturday 4th May
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
With very Special Guests Strange Tenants & Savona Sound System
Tickets $30+bf (inc booking fee’s) from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Doors open 7.30pm

Saturday 11th May
The Tivoli, Brisbane
With Cheap Fakes & Mista Savona (DJ Set)
Tickets $30+bf (inc booking fee’s) from www.ticketek.com.au & www.oztix.com
Doors open 7.30pm