Aquarius Masquerade Ball

Time to think dress-ups - Aquarius Masquerade Ball Nimbin’s gala social event of the decade is just around the corner. On 25 May the glitterati will be out in style!

Mic Conway will be the special guest star. Mic performed at the Aquarius Festival with the fabulous Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. He has carried his inimitable vaudeville style into his current acts that include Mic Conway’s National Junk Band and also solo and duo acts.

Former Nimbin guitarist Mick Diggles will accompany him at the Aquarius Ball. His act combines singing, comedy, dancing, juggling and magic.

Blue Skies Dance Orchestra is re-forming, more than 36 years after its last gig, especially to provide the dance music for the Aquarius Masquerade Ball. Blue Skies is the band that started the Blue Knob dances in 1974, and their joyous and danceable music based mainly on 1920s to 1940s swing jazz and blues was much loved all around the area in the following years at everything from moon dances to kitchen teas. All of the original members but one will be in the band for the ball. They are Brent Fredberg, Ruth Miller, Mick Diggles, Alan Shaw and Hugh Morris, together with regular guest piano player Harry Freeman.

They will be joined by guests Julie Metcalfe and one of their 1970s guest acts, the Silly Sisters. Maireid Sullivan, who was responsible for much of the community liaison prior to the Aquarius Festival, and who is a renowned singer, poet and video producer, will also be performing, as will another Aquarius Festival original, Paul Joseph, and Andrea Soler, Renee English, the Tap Bitches and Tribal Monsoon complete the line-up.

Many of the original festival organisers, including Johnny Allen and Graeme Dunstan, will be in town for the event. So start thinking about your costume. Masks are desirable but optional. Fancy or fantasy dress is compulsory. Show off your creativity, humour or style.

Watch for mask-making workshops to be held by Annie Heitmann leading up to the ball. Doors will open early on this fun-packed event. There will be beautiful food available, served by Radical Faeries.

Tickets will all be pre-sold. They cost $30 and are on sale at the Nimbin Artists’ Gallery in the Nimbin School of Arts building (open 7 days 10am-5pm), or from Katie at the Nimbin Aquarius Foundation. There are limited numbers, so get your tickets early.