The organisers of Fag Tag have decided to fill the void left by Hand In Hand and Big Queer Nation this June long weekend with a new dance party at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Super Fag Tag on Saturday 10 June will be only the fourth dance party ever held at the venue in its 26-year history, and the first gay party held there ever (if you don’t include the Cher and Kylie concerts).
Tim Duggan is the brains behind Fag Tag and its offshoot events DTPM and Tommy Tank’s Live.
The Entertainment Centre is an amazing space, Duggan told Sydney Star Observer.
Super Fag Tag is the ultimate Fag Tag. We’re taking over a traditionally straight venue that has housed every big name in entertainment and we’re going to really put our Fag Tag stamp on it.
He came up with the idea for the large-scale event after attending overseas dance parties held in massive venues, including Montr?’s Black and Blue party held in the Montr? Olympic Stadium.
That party was just amazing and it opened my eyes up to the use of different venues, he said.
The Entertainment Centre’s main arena will house a specially built dancefloor on the night, while all of the seating will be curtained off except for one section which will allow partygoers to sit back and watch the action below.
There will also be a second dance room in one of the upper foyer bars.
Duggan felt it was important to maintain the tradition of holding a gay dance party on the June long weekend, as Hand in Hand did for 12 years, followed by Big Queer Nation for two.
He also felt it was important to make the party a fundraiser for ACON.
It’s always been ACON’s weekend and we wanted to continue with that. We’re aiming to raise a lot of money for them.
Duggan said it was time gay dance parties were held away from the Hordern Pavilion, which he described as an amazing venue, but to use it for every dance party is boring and predictable.
The entertainment line-up for Super Fag Tag will be announced in coming weeks, and will include two international house DJs and a local act performing live.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday 6 April.