The Bay Collective Big Band is a raucous nine, seven, four or three-piece band (you choose), hailing from sunny Byron Bay and featuring some of the region’s most prominent vocalists and multi-instrumental talents. Led by Hayley Grace, the band embody the spirit of 60s and 70s funk and their live shows are loud, fun, cheeky and overflowing with energy. You feel this band when they walk on stage. Featuring a full horn section atop an epic rhythm section and with six lead vocalists among their ranks, The Collective are full power. Their genuinely original sound draws influence from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Sisters of Soul, and they have more than enough talent to back it up.
While the nine-piece band is both a sight and sound to behold, The Bay Collective is available in several different incarnations to suit any event. The seven-piece all woman big band give the nine-piece a run for their money (without taking up quite so much space), while the three and four-piece, all woman ensembles fill out the room with looped instrumentals and layered vocal harmonies.
Hayley created The Bay Collective in 2017 during an epic jam session on the back deck of her property overlooking the farmlands behind Byron Bay, but its roots run much deeper than this. Hayley has an incredibly diverse range of global experience under her belt, from headlining 6-night a week at The Hilton Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, singing on cruise ships across the Pacific and touring extensively through India, playing gigs in the Himalayas with a sound system carried on the back of a donkey. She has gone on to grace the stage of Splendour in the Grass and tour with icons like UB40, Phil Emmanuel and Darren Middleton (Powderfinger).
The Collective made their festival debut at the 29th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest, and have clocked up an impressive run of gigs and residencies up and down the east coast of Australia in their first year. They are currently recording their debut EP, which will be released in time for Summer 18/19, with a tour to follow in the works. This dynamic band has a huge selection of both covers and originals and caters for gigs, parties, festivals and weddings, as well as corporate and other unique events throughout Australia, Asia Pacific and beyond.