Time to bust out the pride flags – Gaytimes has a ripper line-up for its 2019 edition.
Set amongst the gorgeous alpine bush at Lake Mountain ski resort, Gaytimes is Victoria’s much-loved queer music and camping festival. Headlining the festival are blistering rockers Cash Savage and the Last Drinks. The band’s newest album, Good Citizen, saw Savage explore the pain inflicted on queer communities during the lead up to the same-sex marriage plebiscite. It’s also a furious and defiant rebuke of the discrimination faced by minority communities.
Also on the line-up, which features more than 30 live acts and DJs, is electronic soul and pop duo Electric Fields. Zaachariaha Fielding’s vocals – some of which are sung in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara – display an impressive range, and the singer plays with ideas of androgynous representation. And all of this is wrapped up in party-pop perfection.
Continuing a killer run of shows since the release of her must-listen album Native Tongue is Melbourne soul singer Mojo Juju. The album’s lead single of the same name is a direct and forceful challenge to white Australian colonialism. The singer goes on to talk about her dual Wurundjeri and Filipino heritage, and her rage at the forced displacement of, and her personal disconnection from, Indigenous culture. But just because the music addresses serious themes doesn’t mean it won’t make you move.
DJs to look out for over the weekend include the classic house sounds of Simonetti, heavyweight techno from Jennifer Loveless and the always eclectic Brooke Powers.
The weekend also includes art and light installations, screenings, sexuality workshops and activities. And in the forest you’ll find Narnia, the festival’s performing arts tent where you can find anything from circus cabaret to stand-up comedy.
There are permanent gender-neutral toilets and showers on site. While the festival site is wheelchair accessible, there are some steep rocky and sloped areas. The festival is BYO – leave the glass at home people – or you can grab yourself a cocktail at the indoor lounge-bar Priscilla’s.
2019 will be your last chance to camp out under the stars before the festival moves to a new location in 2020 so get your mitts on some tickets now. Check out the full line-up here.