Pride on the Sunshine Coast

Pride on the Sunshine Coast

CREATED ON // Monday, 13 January 2014 Author // Ron Hughes

The 6th Annual Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is gearing up for what is promising to be the biggest pride event north of Brisbane... EVER.

Running over 3 days from February 21-23, the basic outline of the festival comprises the Pride Film Night on Feb 21, Fair Day and After Party on Feb 22 and Chillout on Feb 23. The entertainers lined up for the venues around Noosa for the weekend truly reflect the theme of "Diversity" ranging from folk to high energy dance.

Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys are making a welcome return to the festival with their blend of folk, alt country and rock, set to deliver a powerhouse performance of Apps' original heartfelt compositions that are both fragile and bold. Having honed her skills playing with the likes of Pete Murray and Deborah Conway and having played her way across the USA, Apps is ready to rock the crowds with songs that have been described as "impossible to tune out".

By contrast DaniElle DeLaite is a story-teller who uses a fusion of pop and upbeat dance music to sway the crowds just as she has in Paris Los Angeles and New York. A multi-talented performer and songwriter, expect to be touched, moved and prepared to dance, all at the same time.

Emma Wall & the Urban Folk from Melbourne will also make a return in 2014. Described as "a barefooted cowgirl meets stand-up comic/musician…" Emma Wall combines blues, folk, funk, jazz, reggae and rock while she captivates audiences with her zany personality.

"Electric Harp pouring out psychedelic melodies over a stylin’ rhythm section laced with soulful vocals, kicking out a lushly funky, dark and sparkling, intoxicating brew." - Yep, that's The Flumes, slipping through the cracks somewhere between Portishead and Hendrix.

Mixing up the decks are DJs including DJ arsee and DJ Shanobear. arsee hails originally from Adelaide but now calls Brisbane home and promises to deliver a mix of Funky Vocal House, Progressive House, Dirty Electro and Trance. Shanobear who first spun the discs at Sydney's Taxi Club, delivers Retro, Versatile, Funky and Fabulous and his own unique style of karaoke: Bearaoke.

Holding sway over them all will be the fabulous drag queen Monica Fusions, who will be MC, hostess, presenter, entertainer and "generally showing audiences all that a real woman is made of."

Marj Blowers has been key in sourcing and securing the entertainers for next month’s Festival.
“To have international, national and local artists wanting to perform at our Pride Festival is a real coup for us,” Blowers says.

“It allows us to provide artists to the Coast who would not normally appear.

“It also gives us the opportunity to promote our Festival beyond the reaches of the Sunshine Coast and gives our Festival significant standing in the range of gay and lesbian Pride Festivals and other events held in Australia.”

Whether you want to rock out or chill out, there’s plenty for everyone at Sunshine Coast Pride, plus the chance to explore the beautiful area around Noosa.

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Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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