Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present

The Courtyard

17 Feb - 1 Mar

With its outdoor bar, food trucks, big trees and fairy lights, the Seymour Courtyard is the perfect summer spot to meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat before seeing a show.

 

The Courtyard will also feature Courtyard Sessions – a series of free outdoor concerts by emerging local LGBTQI musicians.

 

Stay up to date on the latest Courtyard Session’ news and line up info via Twitter (@CourtyardSess) and Facebook

 

Proudly supported by City of Sydney.

Sun 17 Feb (Fair Day) - TANZER (DJ set)

TANZER

430pm-7pm

Drop-dead devastating diva Tanzer is a dark and shimmering DJ force, injecting romance and glamour into crossover dancefloors in Australia and beyond.

 

Celebrated for her diversity and originality behind the decks, Tanzer’s flair for plucking irresistible jams, seamlessly switching up genres and getting the party started has seen her driving dancefloors wild on a weekly basis.

 

Her deliciously broad music knowledge comes from a life ruled by music. She’s fronted punk bands, twerked in an electro-pop duo, turned a girl gang into a ‘bad bitch choir’ and produced her own precocious pop jams since moving to the big smoke with an armful of records. Now a full-time performer, director and diva in her own right – an ecstatic night of music is just second nature.

 

Tanzer’s cheekily curated sets have set fire to the festival hotness of Secret Garden, Falls Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Melbourne Fringe Festival, GrrlFest and Midsumma, sexy Sydney party destinations The Beresford Hotel, Girlthing, Birdcage, Heaps Gay, Newtown Hotel, and the Imperial Hotel, as well as Melbourne’s legendary party nights Thursgay, Honcho Disko and Closet.

Fri 22 Feb - Kim Sheehy

Kim Sheehy

6pm-9pm

Kim Sheehy is an Australian singer/songwriter, best known for her appearances in the fifth season of the Australian version of The Voice. A prominent member of Team Delta, Kim was dubbed the season’s “comeback queen” and received multiple rave reviews. After having not turned a chair in Season 2, she returned to the competition a professional and graceful contender in 2016, placing in the top 12 of the singing competition. Not one to do things conventionally in life or in music, Kim pushes the boundaries between singing and storytelling. Her skills are varied and impressive and include rocking out on a loop pedal and jumping between instruments, whilst creating a sound that falls pleasantly upon the ears. Her songs seamlessly transition from emotionally driven ballads, to tender and optimistic melodies.

 

Whatever Kim sings, be it her own composition or someone else’s; she has a voice that will immediately draw your attention and stop you in your tracks. Born into a musically talented family, Kim picked up more than just dust from running around bare foot at her parent’s band rehearsals. She grew up in the small Northern New South Wales town of Maclean, listening to bands like Credence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac and The Divinyls. With the old classics pumping their way through her blood, Kim found a passion for anything and everything music, and this was just the beginning. After high school Kim relocated to the Gold Coast to pursue her music career. She graduated with a Bachelor of Popular Music from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2009 and then dedicated herself to recording her debut EP titled ‘Neighbours and Highways’. Kim’s commitment and talent saw her not only write and independently fund the EP, she also played a major role in the recording and production process.

 

She then turned her mind to teaching, and as a result, took a six-year hiatus from performing her original music. Kim has been teaching in QLD high schools over the past 5 years and specializes in Popular Music production. But, the itch has returned and Kim knows it is time to put her experience into practice get back in the studio. Kim is currently working on the production of exciting new material to be released in the near future. As the narrator of her musical journey, Kim intends to guide her listeners through personal and heartfelt tales of her life, love and ambition with irresistible authenticity. Listening to Kim in the recording studio, or in one of her stunning live performances you will be wrapped up in nostalgia as Kim’s voice commands your attention. Whether performing solo, or backed up by her band, Kim’s technical skill as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, along with her ability to evoke emotion, will leave you wanting more. Kim’s music tells a story, and it’s a story you’ll want to hear.

Sun 24 Feb - Liam Gale & the Ponytails

Liam Gale & the Ponytails

530pm-830pm

Liam Gale is a writer, musician and collaborator from Sydney. While his music vaguely fits the mould of country, blues and roots he borrows heavily from less traditional mediums: namely RnB, Motown, 70’s prog and psych. The Ponytails are a collective that layer and arrange his work, currently featuring tenor sax and bass clarinet of Cameron Barnett (aka Charcoal); the magnetic harmonies of Anja Leszinsky and Rosie Jackson; and the electric guitars of Jack Perry, all bound together by the drums and bass of Neel Shukla and Jimmy Moore.

 

Towers & Time came out back in 2012, which was mostly tracked live in a small studio in Surry Hills, spawning some singles that enjoyed local radio play. The Lonely Throne was released in 2015 to favourable reviews, The Music calling it “immensely absorbing” and “transportive.” 2019 will see the release of the Desire Lines, a concept album inspired by countless journeys between urban and rural New South Wales. From this collection two singles have been released: the jazz blues of ‘It’s Alright, Speak Nice’ and the country chug of ‘Mountain Man, Lake Lady.’ Other works in progress include the Flood and Fire, Liam Gale’s solo album, and another as of yet untitled Ponytails album.

Fri 1 Mar - Z-Star Delta

Z-Star Delta

6pm-9pm

The explosive duo features the electrifying award-winning frontwoman Zee Gachette deemed “one to watch” by BBC Radio 2 (drums and acoustic guitar), and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz, who effortlessly deliver a fascinating cinematic road trip of sound. Zee’s hypnotic presence, bewitching raspy blue tones, big acoustic guitars and swampy grooves laced with Seb’s dark desert slide, psyche blues guitars and synth make for a beautifully dangerous concoction. From the acoustic sublime, to high octane rock. Sensual, expansive, powerful. The duo’s sound journeys through an intoxicating and experimental mix of Country Blues and Desert Rock.

 

Z-STAR DELTA were born on the road down under, off the back of a 30 date Z-STAR Australian tour in 2015. Seb joined Zee on that first tour, and they played as an ‘acoustic’ duo in between the big festival shows, which led to a whole new entity being created. New music, new energy… the exploration vessel sent down from the mothership. They returned to Australia every year 2016-2018, in their own right as Z-STAR DELTA, and have since performed over 100 shows around the continent including headline slots at Mitchells’ Creek Rock n Blues Festival, The Basement, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Camelot Lounge, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival. Plus their smokin’ debut at Glastonbury (UK) in 2017.

 

Z-STAR DELTA will be releasing their debut EP in early 2019.