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Swing-alicious Hits Mcpherson Park

Story: Sally Gordon
Sep 18, 2019
Swing-alicious Hits McPherson Park
Get your dancing shoes ready for a morning of music and melody when Brighton’s Swingalicious Big Band sets up in McPherson Park in Bracken Ridge in October.

Playing everything from Glenn Miller through to the Spice Girls, this 17-piece outfit is one of Brisbane’s most popular community bands.

Swingalicious was formed in 2013, and is made up of professional and keen amateur musicians who teach, study or perform professionally.

The band is comfortable playing a variety of music from the 40s through to contemporary pop tunes, and come the last Sunday of this month, will be in full swing in McPherson Park from 11am to midday.

If dancing isn’t your thing, that’s okay, because there are plenty of other activities happening at the park as part of the broader event billed as ‘Steamed Up’.

Hungry park goers can head over to the sausage sizzle or drop by the coffee or ice-cream van. A raft of other stall holders with local products will also be attending.

Children will love the toy stall and jumping castle.

The Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club will also be running their steam and electric miniature trains, which are suitable for children and adults to ride.

Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club president, Jason Sutton, said their monthly train days had become hugely popular.

“We generally have anywhere from 500 to 800 people turn up for the day and it just keeps getting bigger.”

“Last month we had the Big Brass Band, we’ve had a pipe band also,” Jason said. “These events make for a great family day out.”

The Lions’ Club steam and electric mini trains will be running from 9am to 2pm, Sunday 27 October at McPherson Park. Train rides are $2 per person.

The Steamed Up event is part of Brisbane City Council’s Bands in the Park program.

The Swingalicious concert is free to attend. You can find out more about the Steamed Up event via

Steamed Up

Sunday 27 October
Swingalicious Big Band – 11am-12pm
Mini train rides and other activities – 9am-2pm
McPherson Park
146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge