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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 18, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 18, 2021
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Summer Camp is the country's newest pride festival — and only touring pride fest, in fact. And the bill of performers 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 fest's stopovers in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, 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' own 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.

SUMMER CAMP FESTIVAL 2022 LINEUP — FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT:

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

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