Gender fluid New Orleans-native Big Freedia – hot from lending her vocals to Beyonce’s hit Break My Soul – will travel to Melbourne to perform at the Summer Camp Festival in Melbourne, Australia. The Queen of Bounce music will be just one of several queer-friendly acts expected to perform at “the biggest LGBTQIA+ party.”
Queer talent from around the world will join the celebration of freedom and diversity at two music venues – Sydney’s Centennial Park on Saturday, November 5, and by popular demand, Melbourne’s new iconic Velodrome on Saturday, November 12. Third release tickets for the biggest multi-city party in the Southern Hemisphere will go on sale at 11 am Thursday, August 4 for Eora (Sydney) and Naarm (Melbourne).
In addition to Big Freedia, the big headliners, Years & Years, with out singer Olly Alexander, left fans at the Glastonbury music festival dazed after a stellar main stage performance, and no doubt will do the same for the queer crowd at Summer Camp Festival.
Bringing together some of the most unique international headliners Australia has ever seen, Summer Camp Festival grows even bigger with world-class new talent, including UK pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who has sold more than two million copies of her debut album, which includes her chart-topping track, “Murder on the Dancefloor.”
Known for her trademark blonde beehive and thumping sets at clubs and festivals, the iconic London DJ Jodie Harsh, will host a takeover of the dance tent at Summer Camp this November. Her beats can be heard in remixes with A-listers such as Beyonce, Fergie, Cher, and Justin Timberlake, making them the perfect soundtrack for the Summer Camp dancefloor.
The music festival will also welcome the extravagant French DJ and most recently Drag Race France judge, DJ Kiddy Smile – aka the ‘French Prince of Voguing’! This will be a not-to-be-missed experience as he takes to the stage for the first time in Australia. A face of the Vogueing and Ballroom scene, Kiddy Smile’s live performances are in a league of their own. Developing the sound identity for Balmain, Smile has also collaborated with Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Versace, and more.
French music producer and singer Coucou Chloé will also bring her talents to the stage. Known for dark glamour and twisted romance, high fashion, and emotional voyeurism, the London-based performer will bring her high energy to the Sydney and Melbourne stages. Her music deserves to be played loud as one of the founding members of the influential NUXXE collective alongside Sega Bodega and Shygirl!
Adding to their monstrous first edition of touring artists is global pop powerhouse Cub Sport, much-loved duo The Veronicas, ARIA award-winning luminary and New Zealand native Ladyhawke, festival staple Kinder and up and coming New Zealand rapper JessB. They’ll be joined by over 150 DJs, drag queens, dancers, and performance artists in each city including genre-bending New Zealand DJ Half Queen and more.
To top off the biggest LGBTQIA+ party, each state will host official after-parties to continue the music, love, and hype. In Sydney, Summer Camp will take over the newly launch Liberty Hall in Entertainment Quarter, and The Industrique Warehouse in Melbourne. Tickets will only be available to Summer Camp attendees and will go on sale in September.
As part of the third release, Summer Camp has included the option of a $2.95 donation add-on that pays rent to the traditional landowners in each city. In Eora, 100% of the $2.95 donation will go to the Gujaga Foundation to support the growth of the Dharawal Language Early Learning program. In both states, Summer Camp will be consulting with land councils to create a fund that goes towards supporting and amplifying the voices of First Nations communities.
Summer Camp’s Festival Sydney and Melbourne’s third release tickets will be on sale to the public from 11 am Thursday, August 4, 2022. Click here for more information.