Midsumma Festival Live at the Bowl

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A soirée of FREE queer live entertainment.

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Australia’s LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural experience, Midsumma Festival, in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne are excited to introduce the inaugural Midsumma Festival Live at the Bowl.

Celebrating diverse journeys and communities, Midsumma Festival Live at the Bowl will host a soirée of FREE queer live entertainment and a spectacular line-up of live performance, comedy and music at the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Friday 30 April and Saturday 1 May.

The night will be hosted by the glorious Virginia Gay and Aysha Buffet, with performances from Mama Alto, Trevor Ashley, Deborah Cheetham, Rachel Dunham, Michael Griffiths, Annie Aitken, Reuben Kaye, Jackie Loeb, Johnny Manuel and Sheldon Riley, supported by Missy LaMinx, Sasha Starr, Taylor Made, D Flowers, Miss Jay, Luma, Kali Forni-Kate, Bae L'amour, Justin Teliqure, Leasa Mann, Tequila Mockingbird and Nathan Smith

The concert will also be live-streamed from the Midsumma Festival Facebook page or the Midsumma YouTube channel at 7:45pm. The event will be Auslan interpreted as well as the livestream event assisted by captions.

Tickets are FREE, which also means they are limited. Please only reserve what you intend to use and leave some love for everyone else. If you realise you can no longer attend, reach out to us so we can share it forward.

Please note that Ticketek are the ticketing provider for this event - any ticketing inquiries should be directed to Ticketek.

There are three ticket categories for Midsumma Festival Live at the Bowl. We recommend planning ahead as each option reserves a designated area for your group in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and must be booked in one transaction.

Tickets can be booked as:

Private Decks 

Decks are raised platforms and feature one chair per guest and one bar table. These decks are ideal for larger groups, accommodating up to four or six guests. A deck must be booked in a single transaction. Your booking will reserve an entire deck for you and your group to dance, stand or sit as you please.

Lawn decks: For up to six guests

Lawn decks are located on the lawn of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. You are welcome to reserve a deck for fewer than six guests, however you will receive all six tickets.

Terrace decks: For up to four guests

Terrace decks are located on the terrace of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, directly behind the stalls. You are welcome to reserve a deck for fewer than four guests, however you will receive all four tickets.

Stalls Tables

For groups up to two or four guests

Stalls tables are located on a tiered floor in the stalls of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Tables are suited for groups of up to two or four guests. Every table has a chair for each guest and comes with an up-close view of the stage.

A stalls table must be booked in a single transaction. You are welcome to book a table for fewer than two or four guests, however you will receive all tickets to the table.

Balcony Seats

Recommended for one to two guests

Balcony seats are located in the balconies of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Balcony seats offer a close-up side-view of the stage.

Single seats and pairs of two seats are available. A pair of balcony seats must be booked in a single transaction.

Further Questions?

See Midsumma Festival Live at the Bowl FAQs

For more information about the venue, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, please visit the Live at the Bowl website.


Can you no longer attend and need to return your tickets?

If you can no longer attend this event, please return your tickets using the 'refund' form on the Ticketek website here.



Watch the Livestream here>>

Or watch live on the Midsumma Festival Facebook page


Aysha Buffet


Feast your eyes, ears and loins on Melbourne's own foodie queen Aysha Buffet. A regular in Melbourne's queer nightlife, she is always serving you campery, comedy and a little slice of shade. She's constantly feeding the children, having recently filmed a show with ABC 'Gourmet Lazy', Aysha is always ready to serve a buffet of entertainment and fried chicken. So pull up a seat at the table because you are in for a rollercoaster of a feast!

Virginia Gay


Virginia is a queer icon after her star turn as Calamity Jane, and this year is set to do the same when she directs and writes her own version of Cyrano for MTC.

Mama Alto


Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. Fierce, femme and fabulous, she has performed in theatre and festivals all over the world, and won countless awards for her angelic voice and radical storytelling.

Trevor Ashley


International Diva Sensation and star of the musical theatre stage.

Deborah Cheetham


Deborah Cheetham AO, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

Rachel Dunham


With an extraordinary singing voice and stage presence, Rachel is one of Australia’s most sought after jazz singers and musical theatre performers.

Michael Griffiths


Cabaret superstar and award-winning composer.

Annie Aitken


Rising star of Australian musical theatre - our next leading lady.

Reuben Kaye


World-class cabaret performer. Obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy and rib-cracking funny.

Jackie Loeb


Winner of the 2016 MO Award for 'Best Stand Up Comedian

Johnny Manuel


Runner-up on The Voice 2020.

Sheldon Riley


Mesmerising, avant-garde performer who redefines "dark pop".

Event & ticketing details

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Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

WHEN 30 Apr-1 May | Fri, Sat 8pm
DURATION 2hrs 30m


Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne

Get directions


Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 14

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