Melbourne Ska Orchestra release Saturn Return and announce The SKA-BQ Tour

Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) are still on a galactic sized high after what’s been a fantastic year for the much-loved big band.  Their album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ took out both the ARIA Award for Best World Album, and the Victorian Music Award for Best Global or Reggae Album.

The band toured the album both here and then the United Kingdom – where they debuted at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival – receiving rave reviews for their live shows.  Their Splendour in the Grass performance was touted as “a genuine highlight of the entire festival (The Music) and their Edinburgh appearance as “virtuosic & high-octane” (

Determined to end 2016 with a bang, the time seems right to announce a run of spectacular SKA-BQ live shows for the new year (details below – early bird tickets on sale now), and to unleash SATURN RETURN, a full-length album of previously unreleased recordings from the ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ sessions.  Not only big in numbers – MSO tend to do everything on a grand scale.  When 35 MSO members graced the studio to record an album in late 2015, they came out with two albums worth!  ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ could only fit 11 tracks and it’s now time to share the extra 11 tracks, recorded on the same mission.

Nicky Bomba, band leader & SKA-BQ head chef states: “These new tunes could not be released until now due to quarantine issues, scientific research, musical analysis and the now patented Skattertron distillation device that can only process 11 songs at any given time! The Orchestra is thrilled to share these new discoveries and fly the ska flag a little higher following the success of the ARIA and Victorian Music Award winnings for Sierra-Kilo-Alpha.”

All 22 tracks recorded were of the award winning standard of ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’. SATURN RETURN expands on the eclectic and international journey which MSO embarked on. Stand out tunes include the beautiful trio of vocals on ‘Feel The Breeze’ the rock steady ‘No Show’, ‘Mercy Lord’, which features the legendary Owen Gray (Jamaica) and the Two Tone style of ‘No Friend Of Mine’, will hit the right note for ska fans.

SATURN RETURN will be presented in a Spaceship USB device containing songs, lyrics, pictures and extra vital information for the full cosmic experience!  Hit below to check it out:

The Saturn Return USB will be available at all live shows and from the MSO website – 

Download or stream the new album SATURN RETURN HERE


The live shows MSO will embark on in the New Year will be a run of SKA-BQ dates – taking it back to the old skool and embracing every element that emulates the Ska scene. With each event starting in the afternoon, punters can expect a mini festival vibe filled with smokin BBQ’s, drinks, scooters, a whole lotta Ska and of course skankin galore!

The dates will be launched in Melbourne on the Australia Day weekend, then followed up with 3 interstate shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in March.  Early bird ticket prices are on sale now.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s SKA-BQ Tour

w/ Ska Vendors, NoNonsense, Project Ska Collective (Syd) and DJs Mohair Slim & Jesse I
plus great food, great drinks and the Melbourne Scooter Club
University of Melbourne, PARKVILLE
Tickets & info available from
Early bird tickets available for limited time $38 +bf. General admission $45 +bf
Gates open 3pm

Sunday 5th March
The Factory Theatre Precinct
Special guests & more to be announced
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf
Tickets from
Gates open 4pm

Saturday 25th March
The Triffid
Special guests & more to be announced
9 Stratton Street, Newstead, BRISBANE
Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf
Tickets from
Doors open 6pm

Sunday 26th March
The Gov
Special guests & more to be announced
59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, ADELAIDE
Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf
Tickets from
Doors open 4pm