Melbourne Ska Orchestra presents…THE DIPLOMAT TOUR


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.


“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


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

Saturday 21st Sep
The Gov, Adelaide SA
Tickets $35 + bf from , &

Friday 27th Sep
Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Tickets $35 + bf from
Doors open 8pm

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

Sunday 29th Sep
Wave Rock Weekender, WA
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Saturday 9th Nov
Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Tickets $30 + bf from
Doors open 8pm

Sep 11th & 12th
BIGSOUND, Brisbane
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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

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

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

Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Approved promo shot March 2013

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!


Friday 3rd May
with Special Guests “AUSKAS” + “MISTA SAVONA” (DJ Set)
Doors open 8:00pm
BUY TICKETS $30 + BF from

Saturday 4th May
Doors Open 8:00pm
BUY TICKETS $30.00 + BF from

Saturday 11th May
with Special Guests “CHEAP FAKES” + “MISTA SAVONA” (DJ Set)
Doors Open 7:30pm
BUY TICKETS $30 + BF from

“…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!

Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW

“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

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
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
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 &
Doors open 7.30pm

Damien Dempsey new single ‘Bustin Outta Here’ & March Australian tour

Damien Dempsey: Bustin Outta Here

New Single & Australian Tour in March


 “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

Since the release of his album “Almighty Love” in September last year, Damien Dempsey has sold out a 3 month tour of Ireland, sold out the Electric Ballroom in London, and confirmed an Australian tour for March 2013, including a headline show at Sydney Opera House on St Patrick’s Day, as well as featuring on TV and Radio shows across the UK and Ireland.

 The new epic song, ‘Bustin Outta Here’ features Sinead O’Connor on backing vocals and is about taking control of your life and finding the positive.

 Damien says “This song is about getting out of a situation that’s bad for you or breaking out of the headspace where you’re seeing the bad in everything, beating yourself up, neglecting your inner soul, afraid to be childlike…  Don’t be beating yourself up, man.  There’ll be plenty of people to do that for you.”

 For Damien Dempsey, people and place are King. His voice is Dublin yet wholly distinctive, almost clichéd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine. Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley.

 Damien is an award-winning artist, having won 6 prestigious Irish Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone Platinum, and he has been lauded by, among others, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Billboard, MOJO and The Sunday Times.

 Since the release of his last album, Damien’s creativity has found other outlets also. One notable project was with Irish graffiti artist Maser, on a project entitled ‘They Are Us’.  Maser & Damien first met after a message from Maser appeared on the side of a Dublin building “Damien Dempsey gives me hope”. The ‘They Are Us’ project grew out of this and had a real influence on people in Dublin.

 It was even quoted by Edna O’ Brien in her internationally bestselling memoir ‘Country Girl’ On a bridge on our way, I had read a sign that told it all, “Greed is the knife-the scars run deep”….”. 

 Maser has also directed the video for ‘Bustin’ Outta Here’. Check it out below:

 ”Damien hits you in the heart. His work is like a great movie.” – Paddy Considine



 15 March The Bakery Northbridge, WA

16 March The HI FI Melbourne, VIC

17 March Sydney Opera House, NSW

26 March The Entertainment Centre, Darwin

27 March The Contemporary Arts Centre, Cairns

28 March The Old Museum, Brisbane

31 March Bluesfest, Byron Bay

The Tiger & Me ‘Made It To The Harbour” Tour / New Single


Melbourne sextet ‘The Tiger & Me’ are not afraid to explore each end of the musical spectrum with their sound being described as ‘charming pop’, ‘explosive dirty rock’ and ‘dark-hued folk’. Their new single Made it to the Harbour sits clearly in the pop folk foot-tappin’ category.

Coming in at just under two and a half-minutes, Made it to the Harbour breaks convention in form. Made up of three verses and two choral instrumentals, the song is essentially an extended crescendo, achieved by gradual introduction of instruments playing short, live, loops. By the end, Hammond organ, Indian tabla drums and a chorus of singers have joined the band’s regular instrumentation to provide an energetic climax.

Made it to the Harbour is the follow up single to Pantomime, the infectious pop tune which was the first release from the band’s second full length album, The Drifter’s Dawn. After teaming up with producer Steven Schram (Little Birdy, The Cat Empire, San Cisco) they spent countless hours working together in the studio to create an album that truly harnessed the raw energy and intensity of their live shows. The Drifter’s Dawn was released under ABC Music imprint FourIFour.

Once again, The Tiger & Me are ready to get their show on the road, with a string of live dates around the country supporting the release of Made it to the Harbour.

Made it to the Harbour Tour
Friday, 1st March Riverside Live, Southbank
Sunday, 3rd March The Retreat Hotel, Sydney Road Street Party
Friday, 15th March 2013 The Elsternwick Hotel
Friday, 22nd March 2013 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Saturday, 23rd March 2013 The Joynt, Brisbane
Sunday, 24th March 2013 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Sunday, 24th March 2013 The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
Tuesday, 26th March 2013 The Vanguard, Sydney
Thursday, 28th March 2013 Hotel Steyne, Sydney
Sunday, 31st March 2013 Bennett’s Lane
Saturday, 13th April 2013 Northcote Social Club

“Driven by the trio of voices, which partner effortlessly with the underlying music, the record sometimes thunders, it sometimes whispers, the plethora of melody, the hooks, bringing you back for more, sticking in your brain as good pop should” – Sydney Morning Herald, 2013

“I love it!” – Rhythms Magazine, 2013

“In the endless striving for an open, honest, unaffected and authentic sound, there is a chance to be left by the wayside as dozens of combos ply the folk-rock route so beloved in Australia. The Tiger & Me are in no such danger. Not only do they have genuine live passion and versatility, but also qualities many of these other bands lack: focus and work ethic.” – Inpress Magazine, 2013