Welcome to the inaugural Heaps Gay Qween's Ball. Don yourself in the most luxurious dress up an op shop can provide. Assemble your very own royal...
Heaps Gay Qweens Ball
483 George St
Welcome to the inaugural Heaps Gay Qween's Ball. Don yourself in the most luxurious dress up an op shop can provide. Assemble your very own royal queer family and step through the arches of the grandest, fanciest building in town, the Sydney Town Hall for the experience of a lifetime for Vivid Sydney. Created in partnership with the legends at 42 Below and Young Henrys, this huge fancy dress spectacular ball will be an inaugural landmark in calendar years to come.
Spanning two grandiose stages, the Heaps Gay Qweens Ball will be feature Qweens in all forms. On the musical side, power duo Electric Fields Music + local legends HANDSOME and imbi the girll will send sounds soaring through the iconic building while DJ supports include Lorna Clarkson, SEZZO SNOT Cunningpants Nick Spurway YO! MAFIA ++ will keep the party going.
In the art department we are bloody stoked to welcome the hosts from Kempsey RSL and all-time talented legends the “Dreamtime Divas’, straight off the back of their performances in the Miss First Nations Pageant Darwin and appearance in Black Divas at Queer Screen – Mardi Gras Film Festival last month. It doesn’t stop, 'Frankie Says' will be paying homage to the history of the leather scene in Sydney + three vogue houses join forces for a show stopping performance.
We'll have our usual antics, drag qweens, burlesques, roaming performances.
FINALLY, we are rolling around on the floor with excitement to announce that all-time funny gals and 2018 Logie Award nominees Hannah May and Eliza Reilly will be taking time out of their hectic schedule to host the evening and crown the Qweens in our fancy ball dress up competition. Feeling royal? Fall into a world of cloaked luxury for one sensory night of Queer expression at Sydney's most iconic venue — The Sydney Town Hall! (Don’t be late, ball starts at 7.30pm sharp)
FULL LINE-UP BELOW
HANNAH REILLY & ELIZA REILLY (LOGIES AWARD NOMINEES/ ABC TV)
ELECTRIC FIELDS / HANDSOME / IMBI THE GIRL / MISSY (GINGER & THE GHOST) SEZZO SNOT / YO MAFIA / LORNA CLARKSON / NICK SPURWAY/ CHARLIE VILLAS/ CUNNINGPANTS/ PINK NOISE / DJ GLAMOUR TOADS (FRIDA LAS VEGAS)
DREAMTIME DIVAS / LILLIAN STARR X KIKI CORIANDER / FRANKIE SAYS – A HOMAGE TO THE HISTORY OF THE LEATHER COMMUNITY IN SYDNEY/ VOGUE BY HOUSE OF AMAZON, HOUSE OF NINJA AND HOUSE OF LUNA (MEMBERS) / BRENDAN DE LA HAY / CANOE / NICOLA - PLUS MANY QWEENS TO BE ANNOUNCED
HEAPS GAY QWEENS BALL
IN PARTNERSHIP WIYH 42 BELOW & YOUNG HENRYS
SYDNEY TOWN HALL
SAT JUNE 9 - QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND
7.30PM - 1AM
DRESS CODE: LUXURIOUS QUEER SELF EXPRESSION/ OP SHOP CHIC
Photo credit: Kate Pardey Photography
The unique voice of Zaachariaha Fielding and the spine-tingling electronica of Producer Michael Ross is a seamless merging of pop, electronic and soul. Singing in Pitjantjatjara and English, Electric Fields bridge cultures and identities, with their powerful live show winning them fans in Australia, China, Edinburgh and the USA.
HANDSOME is a new artist, crafting a mix of tomboy pop and brooding electronica, based in Sydney, Australia. The bold and new sounds announce a celebration of self-expression and carefree creativity, but is still accompanied by obsessive perfection. The name HANDSOME is a nod to her queer identity and is inspired by strong friendships, falling in love, kissing girls and rolling your eyes at people who have opinions on who you should be.
Crafting her music mostly in home studios around NSW, HANDSOME has a knack for the DIY. Working with artists and writers with strong pop sensibilities and then taking the songs into their final chapters, she plays with unique aural aesthetics to achieve something distinctive and brand
Collaborations with artists such as Joyride, Johnny Took (DMA’s), Benjamin Fletcher and David Hunt (Marina & The Diamonds, Sarah Blasko), Jayteehazard and more, has given the project its first start — with many more collaborations to come.
HANDSOME has seen previous success under the moniker Caitlin Park, garnering critical acclaim, winning the SOYA award in 2013, landing a nomination for the Australian Music Prize in 2014 and playing shows with the likes of First Aid Kit, SOAK, James Vincent McMorrow, Courtney Barnett, The Japanese House and more.
Signing with Dot Dash/Remote Control in mid-2017, HANDSOME joins a unique family of artists such as Methyl Ethel, Banoffee, Client Liason, Gabriella Cohen and Sui Zhen. HANDSOME introduced herself in late 2017 with her debut single ‘Late Night Ball Game' featuring Joyride, an
indie queer anthem that struck a chord with many.
She follows up with her second single ‘Save Some Love’ in early March, with her debut EP NO
HAT NO PLAY coming later this year.
Imbi The Girl
After releasing their first two singles in 2017, supporting Drapht, HWLS and FKJ, and making their festival debut on the main stage at Festival Of The Sun, described by AAA Backstage as “one of the most extraordinary moments in music I’ve ever witnessed”, imbi the girl has landed on the Australian music scene as a young and irresistible artist.
With the success of their well-received debut single, 'acidic', Triple J Unearthed Music Director, Dave Ruby Howe dubbed them “overflowing with talent” whilst hip hop duo, Coda Conduct raved that they “can’t stop listening to this gorgeous thing.”
Premiered by Triple J, imbi the girl’s follow-up single "could be the sexiest song ever made" as stated by Purple Sneakers. Directed by Gabriel Gasparinatos (R.A. The Rugged Man, B Wise & The Goods) and premiered by Noisey, the music video for V.I.P. revisits the release which gained 40k Spotify streams since September last year.
With upcoming festival appearances at Big Pineapple Music Festival and Wide Open Space, imbi the girl is sure to make an even bigger splash in the industry in 2018 and beyond.