Big Band Sunsets Festival 2019
Saturdays in February - 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd Feb
Hazel Pierce Reserve, Cnr Beach Rd & Main St, Mordialloc
Big Band Sunsets Festival is Melbourne's premier big band festival featuring performances from local and national swing groups and big bands.
Now in its 14th year, 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.
Entertainment will commence at approx. 4.00pm each week, featuring school bands from across Melbourne, followed by some of Australia's best big bands, then free swing lessons from 6.30-7.00pm and the main event starring MoJO - the Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra from 7.00-9.00pm every week.
Bring a chair or picnic rug, a picnic, some friends and your dancing shoes.
The Big Band Sunsets Festival will be held on
Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd February 2019
Each week will see entertainment starting at approx 3:30pm*.
3:30pm - 5:30pm will feature the Big Band Sunsets "Schools Stage"
5:30pm - 6:30pm guest community Big Bands and service (Army, Navy, Airforce) Big Bands
6:30pm - 7:00pm there will be FREE swing dance lessons, on the purpose built Big Band Sunsets dance floor
7:00pm - 9:00pm 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 the Facebook event and this page for updates.
Confirmed 2019 festival artists include:
* MoJO - the Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra
* Royal Australian Army Big Band
*Melba Big Band
*Southern Stars Big Band
*School bands including:
- Mentone Grammar
- Whitefriar's College
- St Columba's College
- Heatherton Christian College
- Parkdale Secondary College
- Lowther Hall
- St Leonard's College
- Patterson River Secondary College
- McKinnon College
plus more to be announced!
Featured Artists (between 7.00 and 9.00pm)
Week 1 (2 Feb): Ross Irwin and Alinta Chidzey
Fresh off the back of a successful season starring as Sibella Hallward in the Production Company's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, MoJO is thrilled to welcome Alinta to join them for a second time on the Big Band Sunsets Stage. Alinta is also know for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story (2018), and in a number of the Production Company's productions including Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Show Boat (Magnolia) and Singin’ In the Rain (Kathy Selden). She's also a screen actor, with roles in Wentworth (Foxtel/ABC), Winners & Losers (7) and Neighbours (Ten)
Joining Alinta on stage will be long time friend of MoJO and Big Band Sunsets Festival repeat offender: Ross Irwin. Ross is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, best known as one of the Empire Horns with The Cat Empire and as one-eighth of Melbourne based funk/soul band The Bamboos. He is also program director of the prestigous Generations in Jazz festival and competition for high school students held in Mt Gambier annually.
Ross and Alinta will perform a range of classic jazz and swing duets, backed by MoJO
Week 2 (9 Feb): Nina Ferro
The ever lovely singer-songwriter Nina Ferro will join MoJO on week two of the festival series. Nina has performed with artists such as Tony Bennett, Gregory Porter, Chick Corea, Jose Feliciano, Billy Ocean and Chris Botti. With 8 independent recordings to her name, plus guest appearances on others; 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 2018 Carols by Kingston. We can't wait to have her on stage with us again!
Week 3 (16 Feb): Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl)
Alan Fletcher is best known for his long time portrayal of Dr Karl Kennedy on Aussie soap Neighbours (Ten).
As well as his work on Neighbours, Alan has performed in over 60 theatrical productions, numerous TV programs, in feature films and on radio.
Alan is also a keen musician, forming his rock band Waiting Room in 2004 who have released two albums and toured the UK more than seven times.
This is Alan's fourth time with MoJO at Big Band Sunsets and we look forward to welcoming him back!
Week 4 (23 Feb): TBA
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.
When & Where
Times: 3.30pm to 9pm
Location⊜ Cnr Beach Road and Main St Mordialloc | Google Map
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