26 Apr 2016

The acclaimed Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) will headline Sunday on the ‘Nard 2016, injecting a foot-stomping dose of funk filled ska into Cairns Festival’s favourite family day out, on Sunday 28 August.

Presenting a lively act comprised of no less than 28 of Australia’s finest musicians, MSO will provide a rousing finale to the family concert by the Lagoon that is sure to win over fans young and old. This event caps off the Festival’s opening weekend of highlights that launch the 10 day program in earnest on Saturday with the iconic Grand Parade and Fireworks.

Boasting an eclectic program of live entertainment and kids’ activities throughout the day, Sunday on the ‘Nard is one of the Festival’s most popular events and has become an annual tradition for many of the region’s families.

The event concludes a stellar opening weekend for Cairns Festival 2016, as thousands of revelers spread out on the lush Western Event Lawns of Cairns Esplanade to enjoy live music on the Festival Stage.

The festivities get underway early for the little ones at Muddy’s Playground, with non-stop activities from 9am to 1pm, with a large collaborative play space, face painting and a kids’ variety concert sure to leave them buzzing.

From 4pm the afternoon starts with a ‘cruisy’ Sunday session featuring local bands, then ensuring a memorable end to the celebration, the ARIA-awarded nominated MSO will then have every member of the family grooving along as they take the Festival Stage from 6pm, showcasing the jumping beats that
have seen this unique band become an international hit.

Fronted by the legendary Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Bustamento, John Butler Trio), the band has toured festivals around Australia and the world since forming in 2003, with the self-titled Melbourne Ska Orchestra debut album released to rave reviews in 2013 and collecting two ARIA nominations.

Assembled from the country’s biggest names in ska and reggae, MSO has crafted its sound with unexpected arrangements and seductive harmonies of powerful horns and big drums, winning over audiences and sealing its place as one of Australia’s most energetic and inspiring contemporary ensembles.

Joining the headlining act will be a host of talented local performers, ensuring Sunday on the ‘Nard again goes down as one of the highlights of the community celebration.

Now in its 55th year, Cairns Festival 2016 is a 10-day celebration (Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September) of our tropical lifestyle with performances, exhibitions, music and film – proudly brought to the community by Cairns Regional Council.

Cairns Festival program, a full-colour listing of what’s on each day of the celebration, is available free of charge from Festival venues, libraries and shopping centres across the region, or download the program at www.cairnsfest.com.au

For more information, visit www.cairnsfest.com.au