“From Greta Garbo to David Bowie to Lady Gaga, stars of popular culture have always drawn queer fans who weren’t able to see themselves in the mainstream, but saw themselves reflected in the camp aesthetics of these icons,” states Daniel Santageli, Program Manager for Midsumma Festival.
Midsumma Festival is back for Summer 2019 with over 165 events in 75 venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria, featuring over 1600 artists and culture-makers. Celebrate the power of pop culture with an array of dance, cabaret and theatre performances to make you dance, laugh and cry.
Truly Madly Britney – Theatre (pictured right)
Long term boyfriends and die-hard Britney Spears fans, Adam and Steve, suffer a relationship breakdown when their meet-and-greet tickets for Britney’s Concert in Vegas are inexplicably cancelled. As their relationship darkens, they find themselves in similar situations to Britney’s infamous 2007 breakdown. Adam and Steve must find a way to love each other again. Theatre Works, 20 January – 9 February
Father Figure – Cabaret
A legend dedicated to pop, LGBTQIA+ rights activist and a father figure to many, the late George Michael is explored through timeless and iconic lyrics by cabaret artist Andy Johnston. Celebrating what it means to express pride as a gay man and how music can teach us so much, from the first major heartbreak to falling in love again. Chapel off Chapel, Prahran. 23 – 25 January
Elton John: The Genesis of Glam – Cabaret (pictured left)
Performed by Matthew Hadgraft, audiences will be treated to the Elton John songs that kick-started the 70s flamboyant evolution in rock music, as you explore how his music affected our attitudes today. Hare Hole (Hares & Hyenas), Fitzroy. 31 January – 2 February
Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia
A cabaret played by award-winning artists Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan, celebrates the story of Aussie Icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. From their humble small-town beginnings to world domination, Pete and Livvy seemed to have conquered it all with their true love and spirited promises. FortyFiveDownstairs, 23 – 27 January
The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II – Cabaret
Played by Sarah Ward, the artist behind Yana Alana, Queen Kong is part rock, part ape, immortal being who has been imprisoned by humans for being too large. This mythological rock-god is backed by all-queer, all-gender-diverse band The HOMOsapiens and features deaf performer Asphyxia and Auslan interpreter Kirri Dangerfield. Arts Centre Melbourne – Fairfax Studio, 16 – 20 January
Rebel – Cabaret
Rebel is your David Bowie fantasies realised! Headlined by the multi-award-winning Stewart Reeve, and featuring a rock star band of artists, the cabaret celebrates Bowie with live rock, breathtaking circus and roll sideshow. The cabaret is more than a tribute show, it’s a theatrical magnificence and circus extravaganza. The Melba Spiegeltent, 30 January – 3 February
The Countdown – Cabaret
What do you get when you cross a drag show with a monumental collection of greatest hits vinyl? You will find out at The Countdown! Hosted by Molly Melodrama and starring some of Melbourne’s finest drag artists, audiences will be treated to a slew of rock music, funkadelic dances and questionable fashion choices.
Vau d’vile Drag Cabaret – 62-70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. 25 January – 8 February
Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. Midsumma works year-round to provide artists with support and tools to create, present and promote their work at the annual festival.