Big Gay Day

Say you'll be there: Spice Girl Mel C is headlining The Wickham's queer street party for 2024.
Sarah Ward
Published on February 07, 2024


Southeast Queenslanders, if seeing Mel C hit the decks in Brisbane is what you want (and what you really, really want), this year's Big Gay Day invites you to say you'll be there. The annual street party held by The Wickham — and the annual excuse to shut down a Fortitude Valley street, too — also has the singer nicknamed Sporty Spice on its lineup.

On Sunday, May 5, Melanie C will do a DJ set. The LGBTQIA+ event's biggest name for this year is a blast from the past in two ways, then, both thanks to instant Spice Girls nostalgia and the fact that she headlined the festival back in 2020 as well.

This year, Chisholm will be joined on the Big Gay Day bill by Sneaky Sound System, Tall Paul, Hanna Conda, Briefs Factory, Jarred Baker, Mega Drag and DJ Enn. On hosting duties: Paul Wheeler.

Big Gay Day 2024 marks a return to May for the event, which usually takes place over the Labour Day weekend, but moved to October in 2023 "due to scheduling conflicts with neighbouring stakeholders", swapping places with The Wickham's also-annual Little Gay Day.

The Wickham's huge queer party is no slouch when it comes to top talent. In 2023, Peter Andre did the honours. And in 2022, it was 'Absolutely Everybody' singer Vanessa Amorosi's turn.

The event also spans multiple performance spaces, food trucks, themed pop-up bars and plenty of partying people — and, for the second year in a row, Big Gay Day gets to enjoy The Wickham's $3.1-million revamp, which added a weather-proofed beer garden to the venue.

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