ONE of Victoria’s leading university singing groups is joining forces with Queermance, the national literature festival for gay fan fiction and erotica, for a night of cabaret abandon.

Held at the iconic Hare Hole in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, the night features the vocal talent of Queermance festival director Matthew Lang, as well as RMIT Occasional Choral Society (ROCS) veteran Sandra Bogerd, who has written a new song specifically for the event.

ROCS artistic director Geordie Marsh said the event is expected to be more than the average cabaret: “We’re able to sing a much wider range of songs given that we have a choir to back up our soloists for a start.”

Organisers have also been tight lipped on the program itself, but they’ve promised songs from cabaret classics to music from computer games all tied together with a dash of queerness, smut and innuendo.

For Lang, the opportunity to work with ROCS was been an exciting new challenge.

“I didn’t think I’d be doing this for a few years at least,” he said.

“Things have happened so quickly since we launched Queermance in March and I’m very excited that we have so much support in the community.”

Speaking about the collaboration between ROCS and Queermance, the two men simply shrug.

“We met at a house party, and now we make music together,” Lang said.

“Awesome music,” Marsh adds.

“Anyone can make music. We make it awesome.”


What: Get Your ROCS Off

When: Saturday, October 25

Time: 7pm

Where: The Hare Hole, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Tickets: $15/$10 and are available at

Proceeds will go towards the 2015 Queermance Festival in April and the ROCS 2015 concert series.


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