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The Julie Ruin

“Hanna is one of America’s greatest living rock performers” – The New Yorker

Mistletone presents the first ever Australian tour by The Julie Ruin. Led by Riot Grrrl pioneer Katheen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and backed by her hand-picked, dream-come-true band (including former Bikini Kill bandmate, Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman of Kiki and Herb fame), The Julie Ruin is an energetic dance-punk whirlwind, the live band providing a tight musical backbone to Hanna’s iconic vocal style. A fresh and fierce expression of Hanna’s whip-smart wit and danceable, raw punk licks, The Julie Ruin will thrill long time fans and newcomers in the wake of the legacy-building documentary film, The Punk Singer. Celebrated, outspoken figure at the forefront of feminist punk, Kathleen Hanna, is vital and relevant as ever, and set to deliver a powerful punch of dance punk to Australian audiences. The Julie Ruin’s debut album Run Fast is out now via Fuse Music Group.

Support comes from Early Woman, an exhilarating, near-new collaboration between Melbourne sweethearts Hannah Brooks (ex Young Professionals, St Helens, Spider Vomit) and Ben Montero (Montero), backed by Bobby Bravington on bass and Caitlin Perry on drums. One of the most compelling new bands to emerge from Melbourne’s abundant music scene, Early Woman are making a distinctive raw attack on classic pop by way of big choruses, Bjorn and Agnetha harmonies, glam stomp and pleading funk.

And between bands, DJ Sveta will sock it to the dancefloor from behind the decks, where she’s been holding forth from Sydney’s queerest and dearest club nights through to the underground parties that line New York City’s sub-cultures and beyond, for almost two decades. Pioneering club nights such as Queer Central and the recently launched Sissy alongside guests Big Freedia & Nita Aviance, this homegrown DJ and producer is considered spinning royalty in her hometown of Sydney and has worked every veritable corner of the scene — both above ground and below — to master a sound that is quintessentially Sveta.

“That girl she holds her head up so high, I think I wanna be her best friend, yeah.” So go the lyrics to Bikini Kill’s punk rock “Rebel Girl.” In 1990s Olympia, Washington, feminist activist Kathleen Hanna was the very girl she sang about-headstrong, seemingly self-confident, and a natural leader. A spoken word poet turned musician, she spearheaded the so-called “Riot grrrl” movement, igniting a revolution with feminist politics and DIY ‘zines that confronted sexism in the media representation of women. But Hanna, the famously outspoken icon that many looked to as a voice of third wave feminism stopped performing in 2005. Six years later she was diagnosed with an advanced case of Lyme disease.

In the feature-length documentary The Punk Singer, director Sini Anderson documents Kathleen Hanna’s legacy using 20 years of archival footage. Interviews with Hanna, Le Tigre’s Johanna Fateman and JD Samson, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, Hanna’s husband (and Beastie Boy) Adam Horowitz, among others, bring an intimacy to the film and to this vital, influential artist. As Hanna tells the camera, “I lied when I said I was done. I knew I wasn’t done. Singing’s my life, and I have to do it or I’m gonna go totally bananas“. Thus proving she’s still the rebel girl who’s the queen of our hearts.

Confetti – A Melbourne Midsumma alternative party



Marking the opening of Midsumma 2014, CONFETTI is Melbourne’s first queer summer festival bill, Sunday 12 January at The Palace Theatre.

Curated by local party starters Grouse Party, John Homosocial and Flawless Queer Salon, CONFETTI is theee *Official* Midsumma Dance Party, following on from Carnival Day, featuring the crème de la crème of performing artists and DJs from around the world.

Heading the line-up for this one-night party, are Australia’s biggest dance music act, THE PRESETS. The duo, still riding high on the international touring wave after 2012’s highly acclaimed album “Pacifica”, play their first Melbourne show in over a year.

Fresh on the scene and taking both the fashion and hip hop worlds by storm, openly gay New York rapper, ZEBRA KATZ (USA), returns to Oz after sold out club shows in early 2013. His crossover hit single “Ima Read” (Mad Decent) copped over 1.5 million youtube views, and was heralded as the “Official Song of Paris Fashion Week”.

Representing Melbourne are punk-influenced electronic quartet, WORLD’S END PRESS, currently on the rise after the release of their debut self-titled album, produced in the UK by dance-punk luminary, Tim Goldsworthy (co-founder of DFA Records).

……plus exxxtremely special guest DJs….

One part of deep house duo, The 2 Bears, RAF DADDY, met his brother-bear counterpart, Joe Goddard (HOT CHIP) through a party scene that culminated around the legendary Greco-Roman parties and Inside-Out (thrown by Basement Jaxx). They’re two men who know enough about house music to make it effortlessly. Two men who – thankfully – still believe in the redemptive power of the communal dancefloor experience. Q: What’s the magic, that makes one night legendary, and another just a bad hangover? The answer is Raf Daddy!

Pretty much the ultimate Australian/gay DJ duo, STEREOGAMOUS are Paul Mac (an entity in his own right), and Jonny Seymour (Seymour Butts). They’ve remixed everyone from Kylie to George Michael, and they’re also behind Sydney’s 18-year-strong queer party Club Kooky.

From Sydney’s fiercest club nights through to the underground parties that line New York City’s sub-cultures and beyond, DJ SVETA has been socking it to audiences fresh from behind the decks for almost two decades. Not only does she rule the clubs, she’s also a recurring fixture on fashion runways, as Music Director for Alex Perry, and has recently forayed into producing tracks & remixes with Amanda Palmer, The Carry Nation and Garçon Garçon.

It would be fair to say that in the early ‘80s to late ‘90s, GAVIN CAMPBELL was revered in the clubbing community as the ultimate tastemaker, having created several influential clubbing icons; Razor, Tasty and Bump! Arguably, the first person in Australia to play House music in a club, Gavin is widely regarded as the Godfather of Melbourne club culture, if not, Australia. Come on, the bloke co-produced Australia’s first international club hit, the everlasting anthem “Treaty” by Yothu Yindi, and in 1991, collabbed with Kylie Minogue on her ’91 “Rhythm of Love” Tour. Fast forward to the year 2013, where Gavin packs the dance floor each week at Melbourne’s iconic Poof Doof, as musical director and resident DJ. The Godfather is in the house for Confetti. It was a no-brainer.

✘ YO! M.A.F.I.A. ✘
Easily the most in-demand DJ in town, YO! M.A.F.I.A. has supported everyone from Salt’n’Pepa to Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga to Missy Elliott, and far too many more to mention.
Just this week, M.A.F.I.A. put pen to paper on a record deal, so you can expect even bigger things to come from this already notoriously B.I.G. partymachine!

A mainstay at all the best queer club nights, DJ KITI is a music-obsessed fashionista who’s worth her weight in sonic gold. Starting seminal club nights ROXY (7 years) and LOUD (Honkytonks, 4 years), djing alongside techno and house music’s global finest, and giving the room a total work-over at gay club nights JOHN, POOF DOOF, DANCETERIA, HANDLE BAR (Syd), HOUSE OF MINCE and MINCE MEAT (Syd) warehouse parties. DJ Kiti guarantees to bring the sexxx to the confetti-soaked floor.

THE SWEATS is Composer, Sound Designer, Producer and DJ, Pete Goodwin. He’s one of the resident DJs at JOHN, a regular guest at Trough Faggot Party, and has played Loose Ends and Hot Rod in Sydney. In his previous incarnation as RED LIGHT DISCO, he was resident DJ at Tuff Muff and Bimbo Deluxe, was a regular feature at Witness Protection, created a mash-up album for Festival Mushroom Records, as well as playing at Sydney Mardi Gras, NY Fashion Week and on JJJ Mix-Up. 2014 looks to be even sweatier for Mr. Goodwin: he’s landed the role of Composer in Residence for MTC, and he’s kicking the year off with us. Respect.

Straight Outta Sunshine, FLETCH, has been DJing since she was using a fake ID. Having supported Lil B, Riff Raff, Action Bronson & 100s she is considered to be a based force to be reckoned with. Hip Hop Hottie co-head honch and a presenter of Triple R’s Golden Syrup, there’s not many hours spare for Fletch. She loves slurpees and chopped and screwed songs but her favourite thing in the world is Drake.

DJ PEOPLE are lovers. Of good music, quality gay times, and of eachother. The pair, made up of Ben O’Connor and Guy Blackman, have been at it for decades. They’re always deep in the eye of the storm of Melbourne’s music scene, releasing records for 21 years (!) on their label Chapter Music. You can expect a disco drenched eclectic set from these handsome gents.

With all this and more, spread across two rooms, CONFETTI is destined to be the biggest party of the queer calendar year, and you’re gonna wanna be there when the confetti drops! Click ‘attending’, stay tuned for further announcements, and get your tickets quicksmart.


Limited earlybird presales are up for grabs now, exclusively for our friends and old faithfuls who heard it here first!

Let it rain.
Confetti xoxoxox


Bedlam Adelaide

Feast Festival 2013

Feast’s Big first time ever dj dance party. Featuring DJ Kitty Glitter, DJ Kate Monroe, DJ Alex Taylor, DJ Sveta, Lil Miss K, DJ Josh and more.

This is the first time Feast has had a big Queer DJ party and they have invited the best of the best interstate guests to mix it up with some of our own. Check the website for some early bird specials and some impressive ticket bundling deals.

The inaugural FEAST DJ DANCE PARTY. BEDLAM – mix it up – break out!

When: November 16, 9:30pm
Where: The Feast ANZ Cluster – 3 Venues.
How Much: Members $30/$40 | General $35/$45  BOOK >>

Fringe Benefits members can access ClubFEAST prices across the entire Feast Festival program upon presentation of membership.