The inaugural Summer Camp festival is coming to Melbourne and the organisers are claiming it will be the first festival with international headliners to grace the southern hemisphere.
Announcing its debut with a bang comes the inaugural Summer Camp Festival – Australia’s first touring pride festival – bringing a celebration of freedom and diversity to Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in February and March 2022.
The organisers are aiming to create a ‘summer camp’ for adults, a playground of music and art culture that “suspends reality and transcends the boundaries of imagination”. Summer Camp is marketing itself as a place where everyone is truly welcome – no matter who you love, your pronouns, or your star sign.
What you need to know
- Summer Camp Festival is the new LGBTQI festival coming to Melbourne
- It will be held at Reunion Park on March 6, 2022
- Headliners include Years & Years, Cub Sport, The Veronicas and more
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Summer Camp will swing past Darwin on February 26 then bounce along to Sydney at the green oasis that is Centennial Parklands on February 27, the celebration will then take in Melbourne at Reunion Park on March 6 and finish up in Perth at The Ice Cream Factory on March 7 for one hell of a party.
Within the festival bounds and across two stages, attendees will indulge in music, dance, performance art, culture, art installations, and delicious offerings of food and beverage.
The event will be headlined by London’s Years & Years, also known as actor, singer and man of the moment Olly Alexander. 2021 has been a year of highs for Olly Alexander, from his acclaimed performance in the award-winning global hit drama It’s A Sin, to his collaboration on Lady Gaga’s reimagined album, his duet with Kylie Minogue and his performance with Elton John at the Brit Awards in London.
With new album Night Call out on January 7 this will be one of the first chances to hear it live.
Hailing from New Orleans’ hip hop and electronic scene, the CEO of bounce music Big Freedia has a slew of music royalty credits to her name. Featuring on tracks with Beyonce, Drake, Lizzo, Kesha and more, and joining the panel on the current season of the iconic Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars her charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent will shake up the Summer Camp stage.
Summer Camp Festival Dates 2022
Saturday, 26th February – Darwin Showgrounds
Sunday, 27th February – Centennial Parklands, Sydney
Sunday, 6th March – Reunion Park, Melbourne
Monday, 7th March – The Ice Cream Factory, Perth
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Much loved duo, The Veronicas will appear in their first LGBTQIA+ performance since New York Pride in 2019, leaving no audience member feeling untouched. Global pop powerhouse Cub Sport have sold out dates across four continents and the prolific Brisbane band released their fourth album early last year and are yet to take it on tour.
There’s also ARIA award-winning luminary Ladyhawke, party starters Confidence Man, chart-topping producer Young Franco, festival staple Kinder, up and coming New Zealand rapper JessB, alt-pop breakout Sycco, and WA/Darwin born and bred duo The Merindas. They’ll be joined by over 150 DJ’s, drag queens, dancers & performance artists in each city.
Speaking on the need for Summer Camp, Kat Dopper shares “After 2 years of cancelled parties, loose event calendars and empty dance floors, I couldn’t be more excited for Summer Camp Festival which will bring together some of my favourite parts of queer culture for massive one-day parties in four cities.”
Set to be the biggest ticketed LGBTQIA+ music festival in the southern hemisphere, Summer Camp Festival will donate a percentage of every ticket to their Summer Camp Artists Grants Program. Post-event, this quick response grants program will be available for artists to access capital in a timely matter.
Aligned with their inclusivity mission, tickets start at $99 for the day and a priority has reportedly been placed on accessible amenities and extra precautions taken to comply with health and safety protocols.
In development for over two years, Summer Camp Festival is created by industry leaders who are excited to finally implement funding from the federal government’s RISE Grant program ensuring a monumental experience for attendees.
On creating a space for every walk of life, Dopper exclaims “Summer Camp Festival is a new inclusive festival experience that accepts all the cuties. It’s a chance to frolic in the forest with pals, dress up, and celebrate the true meaning of pride, Love has no labels at Summer Camp – it’s a place to call ‘homo’ this pride season. Let’s get sweaty this summer and feel the euphoria of being together and dancing again”
Summer Camp 2022 Festival Lineup
YEARS & YEARS (UK) (SYD, MELB & PERTH ONLY)
BIG FREEDIA (USA)
JESS B (NZ)
Head to the Summer Camp 2022 festival website here for all the info.