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Summer Camp

This touring pride festival is set to be the first Aussie festival with international headliners since the pandemic began — with Years & Years and Big Freedia topping the bill.
By Sarah Ward
November 22, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 22, 2021
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Summer Camp is the country's newest pride festival — and its only touring pride fest, in fact. And the debut bill features a jaw-dropping lineup of queer icons and experiences.

Years & Years, aka British singer and actor Olly Alexander (It's a Sin), will headline the new event's stopovers in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, all as part of Summer Camp's four-city tour of the country.

Also on the bill: The Veronicas, Cub Sport and Confidence Man from the local contingent, plus Ladyhawke and Jess B from New Zealand. Kinder, Sycco, The Merindas, Jawbreakers, Yo Mafia and Art Simone will also be taking the stage, with more acts set to be announced.

Summer Camp will tick a lot of firsts: not only is it Australia's first touring pride festival and the first fest in the southern hemisphere to welcome back international headliners, but it'll also be the southern hemisphere's biggest ticketed LGBTQIA+ music festival.

In addition to live tunes across two stages, the festival will feature dance, performance art and art installations, as well as an array of eats and drinks. More than 200 artists will be involved in the tour all up.

As for the vibe, expect a cruisy summer camp-meets-arts and music playground-type atmosphere that's all about championing inclusivity and supporting young diverse artists.

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