KRYSTAL RING – EMCEE
Snow lay on the runway and the plane was being defrosted before take-off from Glasgow International Airport, it was January 2011. I was Melbourne bound. I laugh when I think of that story, not for the obvious reasons, but because I had one suitcase and my whole life was in it – now, 7 years later, I have two suitcases just to do a nightly gig! The then 20 something year old Krystal could never have imagined how life would have turned out. In those seven years since it has been my honour to become a contributing member of the LGBTIQ community in Melbourne. I have performed and hosted at nearly every LGBTIQ venue in Melbourne and since November 2017, I have been the host of my own nights at Sloth Bar in Footscray. Along the way I have been crowned Miss Congeniality and winner of the Judy Garland contest at Nationwide competitions. In 2017, I performed on the main stage at the ChillOut Festival and co-hosted the Goulburn Valley Pride’s OUTintheOPEN Festival. In 2018, I had the honour of returning to the ChillOut main stage as well as hosting and performing at The Daylesford Farmers Arms and The Daylesford Hotel over the festival weekend. I am beyond excited to be re-joining the OUTintheOPEN Committee for their annual Festival Day as Emcee as well as launching “GLITZ”, the After Party. I always think that no matter if I’m performing, hosting or just socialising – to add colour and movement – if I can make one person smile, I’ve done my job!
LGBTI ELDERS DANCE CLUB
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex elders and their allies are invited to these free social events, learn new dance moves, enjoy delicious catering and drinks and interact with other LGBTI elders and allies. No dance experience needed. All are welcome.
From day one Josh knew he wanted to do two things, 1. Die of a heart attack at the age of 40 and 2. Play music. Well good news, he’s on his way. Josh plays anything from Hard Rock and Heavy Metal to a harsh Acoustic Rock, This boy follows his dreams with a guitar in his left hand, and a burger in his right. Join him on his adventure and help him change this world one terrible self-depreciating dad joke at a time!
Jessica Lorraine is a GV singer songwriter who brings to the stage her stunning vocal quality, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and loop station, to perform her original songs and very unique cover arrangements. Jessica is inspired by a very broad variety of music influences including Ed Sheeran, Middle Kids, Kasey Chambers, Dean Lewis & Amy Shark. She has also just released her new single “High IQ”, following up on the well received 2017 release, “Maybe”.
PINA TUTERI has been performing originals around Melbourne for over 2 decades. She has a new album to be released in the new year called “Gale Force Wind” with her first single “The Trouble” to be released at the end of the year. Her first album “Wonder Years” featured 9 tracks in a Film by LEE GALEA called “MONSTER PIES” and went on to win the Melbourne Queer International Film Festival in 2013. Her song writing business took off in 2011 “I’ll Write A Song For You” Her first single “Love To Love” has been a worldwide success. Pina is currently studying at The Australian Institute of Music.
SHOUT YOUTH CHOIR
shOUT (formerly the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus) is Australia’s first queer youth chorus that was founded in 2005. They are a choir existing within and working together with the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus Inc. The Youth Chorus provides young people aged between 18 and 29 of all musical backgrounds and abilities with a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment in which to develop their singing skills.
Known as the 3 piece Rockers to put Satan to sleep and get Grandma dancing, Past Present formed in Shepparton around 2013 and have been gigging and recording constantly, playing their own mix of Progressive, Punk and Hard Rock. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Clowns, Born Lion, Clint Boge, Captives and Batpiss, and also released their debut album (Emancipate Me) in 2016. Following this, they have announced their second album The Beast & The Burden which is due for release on November 30, and contains the acclaimed singles Harlequins and Beherith. They played Out in the Open Fest last year and they’re back here for you again!
Accomplished Melbourne based singer-songwriter KÖDA is truly one-of-a-kind. Renowned for her powerhouse vocals, bubbly yet fierce personality and electric stage presence, KÖDA presents a whole new world of musical eclecticism and delivers it with a trademark rebel strut. Never one to shy away from stretching new musical horizons, she now lends her skills and songwriting prowess as the lead female vocalist of the six-piece indie-rock outfit, Tempus Sun. KÖDA may be young, but she is no stranger to the professional music industry. Her debut single “Scissors”, released early 2018 reached #1 on The Triple J Unearthed Charts as well as achieving radio air play and a sold out Single Launch show. Taking the industry by storm, KÖDA continues to play some of Melbourne’s greatest venues, and since teaming up with Tempus Sun her skills have once again contributed to yet another top 5 single, “Stopp”, released in Spring 2018. Always on the move and searching for another way to challenge herself, KÖDA’s sophomore single “57” sees her take a more serious turn lyrically and shows a more refined rock heavy sound.
ROSIE BURGESS DUO
Sometimes it’s hard to fit people into boxes and Rosie Burgess is no exception. Sliding from folk to blues to gypsy-roots and back, she crosses more genres than state borders, giving off “more energy than an illegally sparked firecracker” [Drum Media, Sydney], whilst still maintaining her unmistakable flavour. Rosie has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of the world’s finest artists, firmly securing a place for herself as a festival favourite, both in Australia and North America, at festivals such as California World Fest, Calgary Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and more. Sharing her passion for the road and adventure, alongside her love of music, she has already won herself a veritable army of loyal fans across the globe.
SLADE & MOON
Slade & Moon are an acoustic duo based around Mooroopna, a regional town in Victoria, Australia. At the ages of 17 and 18, the young duo focus on a broad range of Folk, Indie, Pop and Rock sounds and cover versions from the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Queen and more! They combine a quirky stage presence with sweet melody and soaring vocal harmonies, and are focussing on an EP release in 2019. Catch the duo playing live at a pub near you!
KING RIVER RISING
Formed nearly two years ago, King River Rising are a 7 to 9 piece rhythmic powerhouse who push the boundaries of Reggae Rock while paying homage to the genre’s predecessors. Possessing a sound often compared to John Mayer and Sublime, KRR’s vibe is unrelenting and alleviating. With wailing soloists that can keep up with a pumping rhythm section, the line-up includes three-part harmonies, keys and a traditional Rock band setup. Topping this off is front man Ward Hancock’s unique style of songwriting – one that is influenced by both Jamaican and Islander Reggae, but also by the Indigenous Australian Reggae he grew up with living in Darwin. The start of 2018 went off with a bang – a month long East Coast tour was organised and hit everywhere in between Canberra and Noosa. Playing an average of 5.5 gigs per week and on the same bill as Band of Frequencies, Darky Roots, Rasta Unity, Swamp Stompers, Dubarray, Sun Salute and Dave Spry, the boys got a taste of Australia’s thriving Reggae and Roots scene – and saw their band with an average age of 22 hold up to some of Australia’s best touring acts. While continuing to wake trips away to regional Victoria and New South Wales, KRR are starting Melbourne’s first regular live band Reggae night in St. Kilda. Coupled with a January 2019 East Coast tour, their hunger to be part of and develop Australia’s Reggae scene proves that King River Rising is a young band to watch.