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It's Official: Disco-Pop Queen Jessie Ware Is Headlining Summer Camp 2023

Ware revealed her Summer Camp appearance on her podcast earlier this year — and now the festival has confirmed it.
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
July 31, 2023
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
July 31, 2023

When a music star drops news that they're heading Down Under on their very own podcast, believe them. Jessie Ware did just that back in May, advising that she'd be playing Australian music festival Summer Camp later this year — and now the fest has confirmed that she'll be headlining.

Ware will play the event's two stops in December 2023, with Summer Camp kicking off on in Melbourne on Saturday, December 2, then heading north to Sydney on Sunday, December 3 — with inner-city venues for each city still to be revealed.

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It's been a long time between Australian visits for the UK disco-pop queen. The last time she graced our shores was for Laneway Festival all the way back in 2013. In the period since, she's released four albums, including the immensely critically acclaimed What's You Pleasure in 2020 and its equally vibrant recent follow-up That! Feels Good!. But now Ware's drought of Aussie appearances is officially coming to an end.

Ware initially let the news slip on an episode of her podcast Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware, when the singer and her mother Lennie were joined by a fellow pop icon: Australia's very-own Dannii Minogue. While the episode traverses the dynamics of the Minogue family and the delights of panna cotta, one eagle-eared Twitter user noticed that Ware dropped the unannounced goss that she'd be heading Down Under.

"I'm actually going to Australia in November for this festival called Summer Camp," Ware said while discussing travel plans, and the possibility of doing a Table Manners series here in Oz.

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Summer Camp hosted its inaugural festivals in Sydney and Melbourne in 2022, combining top-notch tunes and LGBTQIA+ pride through a stacked lineup featuring Years & Years, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Big Freedia, Cub Sport and The Veronicas.

2023's full plans haven't yet been revealed, other than Ware doing the honours. Who'll be joining her is among the details still to come.

Ware has also just dropped her latest single, a new duet version of 'Freak Me Now' with Róisín Murphy, which you can check out below:


Saturday, December 2 — Melbourne, venue TBC
Sunday, December 3 — Sydney, venue TBC

Summer Camp will play Sydney and Melbourne in December 2023. For further details or to nab tickets, head to the festival's website.

Published on July 31, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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