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It's been speculated for months on the how, what and can they top last years massive Mardi Gras season - but it looks like 2013, which happens to be the 35th anniversary of the LGBTIQ rights movement in Australia, will be even bigger!

 

The organisation has hit the jackpot and secured for our community, one of the best festival and parties line up in decades.

 

A stellar amount of hard work by the committed Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras crew has managed to secure some of Australia and the worlds top acts to be a part of the celebrations, so sit down, grab some ear plugs, cos your going to squeal with delight over the initial lineup Mardi Gras has in store for you...


Sydney’s Harbour Party 2013 will get party-goers pumping, with the Grammy-winner and superstar house music DJ David Morales, producer of stellar remixes for artists including Annie Lennox, Janet Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Warming up the crowd for David is international sensation Moto Blanco, who will be bringing their British electro style down under; plus stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about a special live act from one of Australia’s favourite divas.

 

Performers at the world-famous Mardigrasland party include British legend Heather Small, known for fronting ’90s house music act, M People, and for singing the inspirational anthem Proud at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London. Hitting Mardi Gras for the first time ever, Heather will ignite the RHI stage, performing some of her biggest hits. ARIA Artist of the Decade, TV coach and multi award winning singer, songwriter and Aussie darling, Delta Goodrem is set to sparkle live on stage with her debut Mardi Gras megamix performance. Aussie electro dance act and multiple ARIA award-winners The Presets will treat party-goers to one of their epic, high energy, multimedia sets. Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters’ fame will DJ in the guise of his new side project, Crystal Pepsi; and there is the welcome return of international gay DJ superstar Wayne G, plus UK dance music act Bimbo Jones – both acts will be spinning their hottest new tracks, which punters will hear for the first time at the Party. Keeping the crowd pumping will be Aussie electro pop duo Garçon Garçon, as well as DJ duo Stereogamous, the world-famous remixers of Kylie, George Michael, Sam Sparro and Jake Shears – plus they’ll be featuring Hercules & Love Affair front man Shaun J. Wright. Jump around to hot new local house music act, Feenixpawl, producers of one of the biggest dance songs of the year, In My Mind. Feenixpawl are up for an ARIA award this year for Best Dance Release. LA Electro pop duo Hi Fashion will be tearing up The Dome; and we’re delighted to announce the return of the internationally renowned drag performer Mitzi Macintosh, hitting Sydney for the first time since 2010 – sure to be a big hit at the Party, and a taste of more things to come…


Ending the weekend with a bang is Sydney’s famous street party that is the Laneway Party, and this year the event plays host to our newest X-Factor winner, Samantha Jade. Laneway will also feature a raft of stars who have appeared throughout the Festival and Party, as well as a few amazing surprises – watch this space!

 

SGLMG CEO Michael Rolik said: ‘I’m thrilled that a fabulous wealth of talent from around the world and Australia will be helping us celebrate our 35th anniversary. There’s something for everyone – and we have some pretty special surprises up our sleeves!’

 

The festival is chockers full of great talent as well including The Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace, Megan Mullally - An Evening with Megan Mullally will see the fabulous star in conversation about her illustrious career with comedian and pianist Seth Rudetsky.

 

Australia’s queen of comedy Fiona O’Loughlin is set to have Festival-goers in stitches, acclaimed Aussie country singer Beccy Cole presents her show A Country Outing. Tina Arena and Anthony Callea will return to the stage to reprise tina's smash hit Symphonic tour... and not to forget the laughs, Miami's four favourite Golden Girls - Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche - reunite in puppet-form for Thank You for Being a Friend, a bawdy, Avenue Q-style live show. But that's just the tip of the festival ice berg so to speak - its jam packed full of incredible events.


Tickets for the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras go on sale today. Last years Mardigrasland Party sold out and it looks like this one will too! Also on sale will be tickets to the Party, Harbour Party ’13, Parade viewing at Taylor Square, the Festival, The Laneway, Pool Party and Women Say Something.

 

For all ticket sales, head to the Mardi Gras website: mardigras.org.au

 

For your chance to WIN tickets to the parties (and other super exclusive suprises) - just join the Official Mardi Gras Group on Guidetogay.com