Bomba and band booked
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.