THE initial line-up of acts for the 2015 Mardi Gras Party has just been announced, with early bird tickets set to go on sale at 12noon today.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have revealed a list of both international and local talent to hit the decks in the 2015 Party, which will take place on Saturday, March 7 after one of the world’s biggest and most iconic evening parades.

Headlining the international acts so far is a rare tribute performance by superstar DJ, David Morales, who will be honouring the late Frankie Knuckles, who was known as the “godfather of house music”.

Morales’ set is expected to have music inspired by the life and times of Knuckles, a Mardi Gras favourite.

Meanwhile, multi-ARIA Award winner Paul Mac will be showcasing tracks from his new album, which is set to be released just in time for Mardi Gras.

Paul Mac

Paul Mac

He will also be joined onstage by a number of vocalists featured on his new album, plus performing some of his best-known anthems with a 2015 twist.

Making their Australian debut will be powerhouse collaborators Bent Collective, made up of two of Europe’s biggest DJs and producers, Danny Verde (Italy) and Steven Redant (Spain), who have been headlining major parties around the world.

Bent Collective

Bent Collective

Also making their Mardi Gras debut are Mason Andrews and Billboard dance chart-topper DJ Grind, while Wayne G is set to make a return to the party.

DJ Grind

DJ Grind

DJ Sammy Jo, best known as the DJ for superstars the Scissor Sisters, will also be joining the Mardi Gras Party, as will electro-feminist performance artist JD Samson, and New York-based production team The Carry Nation, who will bring their NYC house and underground sound to the dance floor.

Other Australian acts confirmed include Mardi Gras Global Ambassador and finalist in Ru Paul’s Drag Race season six Courtney Act, as well as Kitty Glitter, Dan Murphy, Adam Love and Sveta.

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Back by popular demand, and go-to DJ for touring international artists, YO! MAFIA, will be shaking up the dance floor with more of her party-banging talents and hip-hop flavoured tracks.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras chief executive Michael Rolik said: “The lineup for the Mardi Gras Party 2015 is already looking phenomenal and we have more exciting announcements to come.

“We have some incredible international acts, with several of the artists making their very first live appearance in Australia.

“I’m also thrilled to have so many of our brilliant homegrown talents on board for the party, too.”

Early bird tickets for the Mardi Gras Party start at $79 and will be available at www.mardigras.org.au.

Mardi Gras Party line-up so far:

Adam Love

Amanda Louise

Astrix Little

Bent Collective (Steven Redant + Danny Verde) (Spain + Italy)

Dan Murphy

David Morales: A salute to Frankie Knuckles (USA)

DJ Grind (USA)

JD Samson (USA)

Kate Monroe

Kitty Glitter

Mason Andrews

Meta Etcetera

Paul Mac + special guests

Sammy Jo (USA)

Sveta

The Carry Nation (USA)

Wayne G (UK)

Yo! Mafia

Courtney Act (MG Global Ambassador)

Courtney Act

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