Brace Yourself for the Barmy Army’s Arrival!

It’s been four long years since the English Cricket team toured Australia. Now the Magellan Ashes series are returning to Australia starting on November 23 and running through until January 27 next year. The Ashes series is one of the world’s greatest and most renowned sporting contests and is in Australia for the first time in four years. The event is unmissable with crowds predicted to turn out in droves to experience the field rivalry and friendly competition between England and Australia. For anyone who’s familiar with the Ashes, you’ll know that the England cricket team don’t stand alone. Welcome, the Barmy Army!


The Barmy Army started as a group of 30 fans chanting and conga-ing their way around Australia. The group was founded by David Peacock, Paul Burnham and Gareth Evans during England’s Ashes tour of Australia in 1994/95. The Army now exceeds 65,000 English men and women who all share the same common values. These are to support the England team, have fun and spend plenty of time partying together both on and off the pitch!


By now, you’re probably wondering how you can get involved! Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside is the official evening headquarters for the tour. Each Test Match will be televised LIVE at all seven Pig ‘N’ Whistle venues around Brisbane CBD and Ipswich. If you’ve nabbed yourself some tickets, nice one. Head to Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside before each game and we’ll hook you up with a ride to the Gabba! We’ve organised shuttle buses that will run from the venue to the Gabba each day. The buses will leave at 9am and return upon completion of the match. You can also attend the pre-Test party on 22 November to soak up all the atmosphere!

The iconic cricketing event is one that all seven Pig ‘N’ Whistle venues look forward to every four years – and not just for the flags, banners and entertaining chants that come hand in hand with the arrival of the Barmy Army. Over 30,000 fans are travelling to Australia this year for the series. This means our venues are sure to get packed out with cricket-loving fans! There will be guaranteed great atmosphere and plenty of friendly banter thrown at all our venues throughout the series.

More information will be published on Pig ‘N’ Whistle’s Live Sports webpage closer to the commencement of the tour.