Bomba and band booked

Alpine Observer - - What’s On - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

NICKY Bomba and his Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra will head­line this week­end’s Brighter Days fes­ti­val.

The rapidly grow­ing Labour Day long week­end event is again set to go up another level af­ter at­tract­ing close to 10,000 peo­ple over the fes­ti­val’s main two days in 2017.

Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra will bring 25 mem­bers of its en­sem­ble to Bright and Mr Bomba said the group was thrilled to be heading along for the free week­end of mu­sic and char­ity.

“It’s been a long time com­ing, I live up in Free­burgh now so over the past few years I’ve seen how the fes­ti­val has been build­ing and build­ing,” he said.

“The group’s been asked to play in pre­vi­ous years but we’ve been over­seas or record­ing so it hasn’t worked out but last year we said we’d re­ally try and make it hap­pen.

“This time it’s all come to­gether which is great and it’s such a good op­por­tu­nity to share our band with so many peo­ple.

“It’s a great fes­ti­val for a re­ally great cause, all the or­gan­is­ers have their heart in the right spot and so do the com­mu­nity that are in­volved.”

Join­ing the Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra over the three days will be Screamin’ Ea­gles, The Chan­toozies, The Badloves, Pseudo Echo, Dragon, Jacuzzi Mas­ter­piece, Turk Tre­size, Shaun Klinger, Oz Rock Ex­press, Ja­cob’s Run, Raw Brit and Cool Change.

Now in its sixth year, the Brighter Days fes­ti­val raises funds for the DE­BRA Foun­da­tion (Dys­trophic Epi­der­mol­y­sis Bul­losa Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion) and SUDC (Sud­den Un­ex­plained Death in Child­hood).

The three-day event has now raised more than $1.5mil­lion for char­ity.

This year’s fes­ti­val will be the first with­out El­iza Baird who in­spired the foun­da­tion’s ef­fort be­fore she passed away late last year.

There will be plenty more hap­pen­ing over the long week­end with a full pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able on the Brighter Days web­site.

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