Club Kooky DJs Seymour Butz and Gemma are moving into the Oxford Art Factory for Mardi Gras Parade night for a new event called Trans Homo Lezpress — and, as the name would suggest, they’re expecting to draw a diverse crowd of queers.

“We wanted to get back on Oxford St for Mardi Gras, to really celebrate the street,” Gemma told the Star Observer.

“I don’t see us as an alternative to the official events — I see us as part of Mardi Gras. People can go to the parade, come here, go the big party — go wherever they want.”

To commemorate the occasion, Ed Woodley of the China Heights Gallery will paint the Art Factory’s gallery bar wall into a giant Lego train scene. For $30 entry, clubbers will enjoy music and shows during the parade and well into the night.

“We’ve got Avra Fidel, Ben Drayton, Annabelle Gaspar and Kimo’s coming down from Lismore. There’ll be live music, shows and a few surprises,” Gemma promised.

She and Butz will also get behind the decks, although Gemma said she wasn’t sure what punters could expect from her set.

“I don’t know if I have a typical DJ set! I go with the moment and play positive sounds that celebrate us being alive, really. It’s one of the biggest nights of the year, so I hope the crowd bring their good vibes to the party.”

info: Trans Homo Lezpress, Oxford Art Factory, Saturday, March 5. Tickets through Moshtix.

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