Big Band Blast is a conference style festival run by musicians for musicians. 

Launched in 2013, Blast is the brainchild of drummer and big band leader John Morrison and is run by John and big band singer, Jacki Cooper. 

After a 2 year break due to COVID-19, we are planning to run in accordance with the guidelines that are in place. This may mean that we run a much smaller event than usual but this will be worked out in early 2022. 


Big Band Blast, Australia's ultimate Big Band festival, is a conference event open to big bands of all genres, ages, and abilities. Held in beautiful Port Macquarie across 3 days from May 27th to 29th 2022, band registration includes performances by up to 35 participating big bands (pending COVID-19 restrictions) across 3 stages, jam sessions, workshops with guest clinicians, feature performances by premier guest bands, a crazy street parade, "Tribute to Quincy Jones" concert night, with special guest performers.


With Panthers Club on board as our host and major sponsor, there will be 3 performance stages - Auditorium, Paws Lounge and a great outdoor stage, The Balcony - and 3 workshop stages that will run workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. 


Blast kicks off at 6pm Friday night with a concert in the Panthers Auditorium. Entry is included in the registration fee.

Public are welcome to attend - tickets are $10. 


The Bandemonium performance stages run on Saturday from 9am til 5pm. Every band has a 1 hour stage spot - all backline and stands are provided. Various workshops will run concurrently throughout the day. 


Saturday night concert will feature our special guests performing with the Australian Army Band and the Sydney Conservatorium Big Band. 


Sunday morning begins with our Street Parade - charts are provided ahead of time. Crazy Hats are mandatory!

A concert/workshop by the Australian Army Band Sydney will be followed by more workshops then a wrap up concert featuring our guest artists before everyone hits the road to home by 1.30pm. 

Big Band Blast is a conference style festival that is fun by musicians for musicians. Access All Areas passes will be $88 per person or $1600 for groups of 20. 

Accommodation is arranged by each band with many options are available in Port Macquarie.


Get the wheels in motion and register your interest to attend now. 

Email Jacki Cooper for more information.