Montaigne to headline emerging artist showcase Express Yourself - Queer Discovery

Monday, 19 Oct 2020

Applications are open for LGBTQI+ showcase opportunity with headliner Montaigne

ARIA Award winning chanteuse Montaigne will headline the very first Express Yourself – Queer Discovery showcase at Sydney’s iconic The Beresford Upstairs on Saturday 28 November.

A joint initiative between Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS, Express Yourself – Queer Discovery is a series of three music showcases that will see emerging LGBTQI+ artists perform alongside an established headliner to a room of industry heavyweights and the general public.

At the end of the series, a panel of judges will select two of the emerging artists to perform at a Mardi Gras event in 2021.

Australia’s king of indie pop Brendan Maclean will play host for the first night of musical odyssey, where Montaigne and two of Australia’s hottest emerging queer artists will treat audiences to a glittering live music extravaganza.
The event is FREE but tickets are limited so get in quick and secure your seat for a truly dazzling night of new music.

"I’m super excited to be part of the Mardi Gras Express Yourself launch! I haven’t performed in so long and it will be nice to perform in front of the community that I so proudly belong to," said Montaigne.

The first Express Yourself - Queer Discovery is taking place as a part of Great Southern Nights, a new music event to kick-start the recovery of the live music industry – featuring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs across Sydney and Regional NSW throughout November. Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative delivered by Destination NSW in partnership with ARIA.

Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS are still accepting applications from emerging artists. If you’re a budding Troye Sivan, can sing with the quiet sincerity of Courtney Barnett or spit rhymes like Miss Blanks - now is your chance to perform alongside an established queer performer to a room of music industry tastemakers, with the opportunity to perform at the largest LGBTQI+ festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Showcase applications must be submitted by Tues 27 October 5pm AEDT.

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