Gaytimes has dropped one of the punchiest local festival lineups this year for their lush Gembrook surroundings between February 18-20 this year.
Described by the organisers as the “camping music festival of your big gay dreams”, Gaytimes is back in 2022 and it’s dropped a stellar local lineup, despite already selling out in a matter of hours.
Celebrating its sixth anniversary in 2022, after the pandemic forced the cancellation of the festival in 2021, Australia’s queer camping music and arts festival has delivered its first lineup announcement.
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Headlining the festival, Sydney-based neo-soul powerhouse Ngaiire will return after playing the 2017 festival alongside dance pop collective Haiku Hands, while queer bubblegum punk duo Cry Club return hot off their debut album.
Gracing our outdoor stages will be live sets from RnB breakout star Vetta Borne, Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Badu Island songbird Kee’ahn, Tassie dreamy electronic pop duo Sumner, Perth-born Melbourne-based singer songwriter Harper Bloom, Sydney punk trio Scabz – the self proclaimed “shittiest band in the world” – Melbourne post punk four piece Pinch Points, Gold Coast up-and-coming hip hop artist Hoodzy, Kyva, Kult Kyss, Sputnik Sweetheart and Max Lawrence. Joining them will be festival favourites Brendan McLean, The Merindas, Simona Castricum and more.
Legendary Melbourne party starters and DJ trio Wax’o Paradiso and Jennifer Loveless, returning with another unforgettable closing set, lead a killer dj lineup featuring Ayebatonye, Bertie, Daws, Tinika, Sophie Forrest, Nick Spurway, Club Confide’s Simonetti B2B Jesse Dm, Shinobi, Gay Roberto and more. Queer ladies party Fanny Paq will bring femmes to the front on Friday night, and on Saturday and Sunday morning queer dance music collective and theme camp Kamp Kamp will be throwing a morning rave in the festival’s rainforest chapel.
Beyond music, Gaytimes 2022 will feature performance art including drag, cabaret, comedy, theatre, circus and dance including ballroom House Of Dévine, Lou Wall, Granny Bingo, Drag Superstar Aysha Buffet, Nefertiti La Negra, Bae Marie, The Harry Morrissey Official, Dazza & Keif, a piano bar hosted by Ronnie Rai, a sea shanties choir and unplugged rendition of Dua Lipa – not to mention visual art and light installations, yoga, speed dating, life drawing, trivia, talks, workshops and the return of Gay Stuff Markets.