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Big Band Sunsets Festival 2018



Big Band Sunsets Festival is Melbourne's premier big band festival, featuring performances from local and national swing groups and big bands.

The festival also fosters performance experiences for school bands from across Melbourne.

Melbourne's premier big band festival is curated by MoJO, and the Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra

Dates for the 2018 Big Band Sunsets Festival Series Are:

Saturday 3rd February
Saturday 10th February (cancelled)
Saturday 17th February
Saturday 24th February

At the Hazel Pierce Reserve, Cnr Beach Road and Main St, Mordialloc.

​Each week will see entertainment starting at 3:30pm*.
4:00pm - 5:30pm (week 1, 2, 3 & 4) will feature the Big Band Sunsets "Schools Stage"
5:30pm - 6:30pm each week will see the very best of Melbourne's big bands perform
6:30pm each week there will be FREE swing dance lessons, on the purpose built Big Band Sunsets dance floor
7:00pm - 9:00pm each week will see the festival "Swing Dance" party, featuring special guest artists and the Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra
*Specific week start times may change, keep an eye on Facebook and this page for updates.

Submissions are now being taken for guest artists for 2018. If you'd like to be a part of the 2018 festival, please visit our guests artists or schools page for information on how to apply.

Confirmed 2018 festival artists include:
* MoJO - the Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra
*Nina Ferro
*Ross Irwin
​*Alinta Chidzey
*St Leonard's College Big Band
*Mentone Girls' Grammar Stage Band
*Parkdale Secondary College Jazz Band
*McKinnon Secondary College Senior Stage Band
​plus more!
Featured Artists (between 7.00 and 9.00pm)
Week 1 (3 Feb): Nina Ferro
Nina has performed with artists such as Tony Bennett, Gregory Porter, Chick Corea, Jose Feliciano, Billy Ocean and Chris Botti. She's been a regular on Australian breakfast TV, radio, in countless clubs and festivals; a Melbourne native, she now calls London home. MoJO loves performing with Nina, most recently at the 2017 Carols by Kingston. We can't wait to have her on stage with us again, February 3. www.ninaferro.com/

Week 2 (10 Feb): Alinta Chidzey** CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Alinta is one of Australia's most versatile leading ladies. She is renowned for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story, for which she received many award nominations and was awarded the Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Performance.
Her stage performances include Hugh Jackman's - Broadway to Oz tour, Show Boat, Singin' In the Rain, Chess, Curtains and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She's also graced our screens in Winners and Losers (Ch7), The Dr Blake Mysteries (ABC) and Neighbours (Ten). For her fabulous performance in Chess, Alinta was recognised with a Green Room Award for Best Female Artist in a Supporting Role. MoJO look forward to Alinta joining us on stage for the first time at Big Band Sunsets.

Week 3 (17 Feb): Ross Irwin
Ross is a man of many talents - a multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer, arranger and mentor. Ross tours the world regularly with seminal Australian bands The Cat Empire and The Bamboos. In between tours he has written arranged and produced music for many Australian household names, such as Megan Washington, Vance Joy and Ella Hooper. Ross is also heavily involved in mentoring and developing the next generation of Australian music superstars: he is the current program director of the annual Generations in Jazz held in Mt Gambier, Victoria, and has curated youth big bands in both Adelaide and Melbourne. Ross has been a regular at Big Band Sunsets over the years, as well as many other MoJO events. We are delighted to welcome him back again in 2018. www.facebook.com/roscoejamesirwin/

Week 4 (24 Feb): TBC

Getting There

By Car: From Melbourne - take Beach Rd (around the eastern side of the bay). Drive for about 35 minutes until Beach Rd ends and you reach the roundabout just before the Mordialloc Creek. Hazel Pierce Reserve is on your right. There is council parking available near the Mordialloc pier and at the beach. Please observe all parking restrictions and make sure to pay any ticket fees that may apply.

By Public Transport Train: Take any train on the Frankston line and get off it at Mordialloc station. (It is a 3 minute walk from the station to Hazel Pierce Reserve.) From the station walk into the shopping centre crossing Nepean Hwy at the pedestrian lights adjacent to the station. Turn left walking towards the creek and cross Beach Road at the pedestrian crossing at the Beach Rd/Nepean Hwy roundabout.

Bus: Many bus services terminate in Mordialloc either at the train station or in Centreway (outside Safeway). Walk south along Nepean Hwy (4 mins), crossing at the Beach Rd pedestrian crossing to reach Hazel Pierce Reserve.

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