2019 Big Band Blast in Port Macquarie May 31 - June 2, 2019

Blast into sound: The Big Band Blast kicks off in Port Macquarie on Friday, May 31.
Blast into sound: The Big Band Blast kicks off in Port Macquarie on Friday, May 31.

The Big Band Blast, Australia's ultimate Big Band festival, is a conference event for big bands of all genres, ages, and abilities.

It will be held in Port Macquarie across three days from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.

The event includes performances by up to 40 participating big bands across four stages, jam sessions, workshops with guest clinicians, feature performances by premier guest bands, an all-in street parade, and concert night with special guest performers.

Clinicians-performers for 2019 are John Hoffman (USA), Dan Barnett (SYD), Flora Carbo (VIC) as well as regulars - John Morrison, Ed Wilson, Jacki Cooper and patron Judy Bailey.

The concert will be launched at 6pm Friday, May 31 at Panthers in a jam session with Ed Wilson. On Saturday and Sunday, Pathers and Settlement City will come alive across four stages with 40 bands participating in the Bandemonium performance.

On Sunday, musicians will converge on Westport Park for a riverside parade from 9am.