Presented by Strange Charm Productions & Speakeasy Electro Swing
Part of the North Australian Festival of Arts. This will be in The May Wirth Tent at Strand Park.
Join us for an evening of glamour at the first ever Townsville Speakeasy, a night of music and dancing in Roaring 20s style with a modern twist. Get dressed up as a silver screen diva, a gangster or a Charleston flapper and get your 1920s chic on! The evening features an amazing line-up of Australia's leading Electro Swing artists. The dance craze taking the world by storm, Electro Swing fuses classic jazz and swing tunes with the latest bass and beats - it will keep you dancing till you drop.
The Ugly Bunyip Band (Canberra/Sydney)
Rizon Live (Cairns)
Ashcats Sound System (Cairns)
The Ugly Bunyip Band
Shane Russell aka DJ Ugly Bunyip resides in the south coast of NSW and passes his time finding and creating new Electro Swing beats. When the sun is shining he likes to don his gangster suit and perform, making people of all ages shake their tails and tap their feet. In 2016 he joined forces with a killer horn section to form the band which has since featured at festivals all around Australia: Jesse Tachibana (Sydney) – trumpet, Travers Keirle (Sydney) – saxophone, Gavin Findlay (Townsville) – bass trumpet. Add the magic of Mr Michael, aka Michael Liu (Canberra) on violin and get ready for a scorching set of dancefloor delerium.
Rizon Live and Ashcats Sound System are based in Cairns, where they run the Australian arm of the global Speakeasy Electro Swing brand prevalent in 18 cities around the world including New York, Washington, Paris, Montreal & Barcelona. In the last few years they have toured the events around the country in Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Douglas and Cairns along with festival appearances at Rainbow Serpent, Mushroom Valley, Kuranda Roots, Burning Seed & many more. This duo are no strangers to making people dance with their unique blend of electro swing, ghetto funk and future vintage sounds.