Bomba & Bustamento bring record crowd to Live at Bond

27 Mar
Nicky Bomba and his band at Live at Bond at Bond University. All pictures: Lucy Kinbacher

Nicky Bomba and his band at Live at Bond at Bond University. All pictures: Lucy Kinbacher

By Lucy Kinbacher, Bond University Journalism Student

A former John Butler Trio member and his reggae band drew record crowds to the Live at Bond concert last Sunday in what organisers are calling the biggest success in the event’s four-year history.

About 1500 people attended the free event in conjunction with Bond University and the Bleach Festival to watch headline acts Nicky Bomba and Bustamento perform signature reggae and ska music.

Bond University Community Engagement manager and Live at Bond organiser Sharon Solyma said the event was bigger than previous years due to Nicky Bomba’s reputation, Bleach Festival promotion and the music’s popularity.

“Absolutely it was a success,” she said.

Nicky Bomba peforms at Live at Bond

Nicky Bomba peforms at Live at Bond

“I think Bustemento is happy music, it is positive, they are a lot of fun and they are brilliant musicians.

“Nicky Bomba is so well known out of John Butler Trio…and it (the event) was promoted as part of the Bleach festival which meant the word got out to a lot more people and now they know about it and those people will come back.”

Bomba said the Gold Coast’s connection with reggae style music was what drew him to bring the Bustamento band there for the first time.

“Every time we (his other groups) come up here there is a real connection with the sunny vibe that the music gives out,” he said.

“Music in the first place and in its primal was always about creating a sense of community…so this is a classic case for us to do it in a community event and with a community minded band.

“We just want to see people smiling.”

About 1500 people attended the free event

About 1500 people attended the free event

Bustamento, which also includes Barry Deenick, Paul Coyle, George Servanis, Michael Caruana and Peter Mitchel, has been the flagship for reggae music in Australia through the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and national tours since it began in 2003.

Bomba said that while reggae and ska music was yet to reach a mainstream music level in Australia Bustamento’s performances was a step to reaching that goal.

“I still think it (reggae music) is one of the most universal forms of music on the planet,” he said.

“I cannot think of anything better than having a number one hit single with a ska or reggae song that we have written…but the way to actually stay true to that is to just keep performing.”

 

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