Summer Camp Is the Huge New Australian Pride Festival That's Touring the Country in 2022

Hitting up Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin, it'll be the first Aussie festival with international headliners since the pandemic began — with Years & Years and Big Freedia topping the bill.
Sarah Ward
November 09, 2021

Thanks to the pandemic, it's felt like years and years since Australia scored itself a huge new music festival featuring overseas headliners that took its lineup around the country. Thankfully, that big gap is about to come to an end via Summer Camp, the country's newest pride festival — and only touring pride fest, in fact. And yes, the fact that Years & Years will lead the bill really couldn't be more fitting.

Years & Years, aka British singer and actor Olly Alexander (It's a Sin), will headline the new fest's stopovers in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in late February and early March next year, all as part of Summer Camp's four-city tour of the country. The event will also head to Darwin, where the lineup will be led by New Orleans' Big Freedia — who'll play every stop of the tour, in fact.

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

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 be the biggest ticketed LGBTQIA+ music festival in the southern hemisphere as well.

In addition to live tunes from all of the above across two stages, the festival will feature dance, performance art and art installations, as well as food and beverage offerings. More than 200 artists will be involved all up, including over 150 DJs, drag queens, dancers and performance artists in each city.

Given the name, it's clear what kind of vibe that festival founders Kat Dopper (creator of Heaps Gay) and Grant Gillies and David Gillett (creators of Red Mgmt, and former Sydney Mardi Gras marketing and international talent managers) are going for. So, expect a cruisy summer camp-meets-arts and music playground-type atmosphere that's also all about inclusivity and supporting young diverse artists.


Saturday, February 26 — Darwin Showgrounds
Sunday, February 27 — Centennial Parklands, Sydney
Sunday, March 6 — Reunion Park, Melbourne
Monday, March 7 — The Ice Cream Factory, Perth


Years & Years (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth only)
Big Freedia
The Veronicas
Cub Sport
Confidence Man
Jess B
The Merindas
Yo Mafia
Art Simone

Summer Camp will tour Australia in February and March 2022. Pre-sale tickets are on sale from 9.40am on Tuesday, November 9, with general public on-sale starting at 10am on Tuesday, November 16. For further details or to nab tickets, head to the festival's website.

Top image: Theatrepeople via Wikimedia Commons.

Published on November 09, 2021 by Sarah Ward
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