Umbrella Fest to launch first annual Queer music festival

Queer Club will be celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, welcoming everyone to come as they are and “embrace the rainbow”.

Featured Image: Oscar The Wild

One of South Australia’s largest winter festivals, the Umbrella Festival, is set to electrify stages across the state this July, in an effort to reignite the SA live music sector. More than 175 performances will be held in metropolitan and regional areas, blasting trad-folk to punk-rock, experimental jazz to acoustic covers – and absolutely everything in between.

Launching this year is the festival’s first annual Queer Club Festival, which will highlight some of the best queer music acts from our very own backyard.

Presented by Umbrella Festival and Pretty Good Thanks, Queer Club will be celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, welcoming everyone to come as they are and “embrace the rainbow”.

Inspired by the desire to have more queer events in SA, event organiser Tayla Carlaw, wanted to create an experience that shines a spotlight on the queer community and allows everyone, no matter who they may be, to come as their unique and individual selves.

As a queer person herself, Tayla wanted to create a safe space to foster the younger LGBTQIA+ generation coming through and to honour those who have paved the way.

Queer Club is a LGBTQIA+ inclusive and accessible event to celebrate the queer, creative and music community. It is a kind safe space that encourages everyone to come as they are and unite with music.

First on the line-up is indie pop artist, MANE, who has just returned from the US after playing at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. MANE’s haunting vocals make for an impressive and exciting live performance, coupled with her lyrically vulnerable anthems.

Self-proclaimed “bubblegrunge qweens”, Oscar the Wild, is a four-piece band with an electric grunge sound. Influenced by jazz, rock, and punk with thoughtful lyricism, Oscar the Wild has a colloquial yet poetic personal sound.

Four-piece band Stormy-Lou will also be bringing their bubbly, fun personalities onto the stage, performing an array of exciting, yet deep-cutting lyrics. Having just released their first single ‘Alone With U’, they are very keen to see how Umbrella Fest welcomes them into the SA music fold.

Four-piece shoegaze/dream pop band, Sunsick Daisy, is a self-proclaimed “sour-candy pop-rock” group that delves into the “bitter-sweetness” of life. Sunsick Daisy tackles topics such as mental health through melancholic yet upbeat instrumental and hard-hitting lyricism. 

For something more lowkey, singer-songwriter Stephi will be welcoming the audience with her poetic yet playful lyrics and fluid song writing. Like a warm hug, Stephi’s invites her listeners into the intimacy of her thoughts through soft, husky vocal tones and ambient electric guitar. 

Last, but certainly not least, the glamourous drag queen, Ophelia Butt, will be hosting and performing during the night.

Don’t forget to immerse yourself in the glorious glitter bar by Glitter Me, that will also be available on the night… so you can shine just as much as the performers!

Where: Jack & Jill’s Basement Bar, 121 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000

When: Saturday 30 July, 7:00pm onwards

Tickets: $17.50 per person (buy here)

To find out more about some of Umbrella Festival’s LGBTQIA+ friendly events, click here.

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