It’s been a pretty amazing adventure with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Born out of love for the genre back in 2003, the energy that all the musicians have invested has translated into a fun-filled mission in the name of Ska. The music by it’s nature is a community event when performed and we’re lucky to have created a family vibe that has propelled this special thing we’ve created into a double-decade story of Joy. 20 years young is a valid description of where we’re at as the excitement and creativity within the band is still burning strong. With our world tours and awards, we know we’re doing something unique and positive in the music world.
Something Strong is a snapshot so far… so much more to come…
Long Live Melbourne Ska Orchestra!
Long Live Ska!
To celebrate our 20-year anniversary, we’ve got a whole new range of limited edition ‘20 Years Young’ merch out now. You can find it at our online store or at a show on our 20 Years Young tour kicking off soon!
From the limited edition vinyl to brand new slick black tees and cozy hoodies to keep you snug all winter. Grab a copy of the vinyl through our STORE by 20 March to go in the draw to win one of three test press vinyl signed by the band!
And just like that, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra turns 20 Years Young!
Tickets to this special anniversary tour are on sale now over HERE
From the fun-loving humble beginnings in St. Kilda to the international stages of Glastonbury, Istanbul, Montreal, Edinburgh, New York, and beyond, the band has steered their ramshackle train into the hearts of many.
Initially formed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Ska (1963-2003), their infectious energy soon earned them a coveted slot at Bluesfest and WOMADelaide, a recording contract, and accolades from all over the world. Two ARIA award wins cemented their reputation as one of Australia’s best live acts, while three of their songs were chosen for a UK feature film about Ska.
The band has matched the appreciation with a work ethic that is second to none. To date, they have released 7 albums, including a nigh impossible mission of recording a song a week for a whole year, the ARIA award-winning 52 Fridays – One Year of Ska. This record celebrates the first 20-year chapter of a journey that is still going strong.
To celebrate 20 years of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the band is releasing a limited edition Best of Vinyl and hitting the road to bring their signature International Big Band Ska Sound to stages across the country.