Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high...
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby....
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true.
Gaytimes is the camping festival of your big gay dreams. Brought to you by CLOSET, Gaytimes is Australia’s queer camping music festival. Over the three days and two nights on February 17 - 19 2017, Gaytimes returns as a boutique outdoor music and arts festival to be held in a picturesque campground in Lake Mountain Alpine Resort.
Gaytimes will offer a weekend of music, art, community, sexuality and self-expression for the LGBTIQ community.
With an eclectic lineup of music, performers, visual arts, food trucks, yoga and more, Gaytimes is a festival experience unlike any other. Whether you opt for glamping on the mountain top or prefer camping under the stars, Gaytimes is a bush doof with a touch of class.
The full lineup is soon to be unveiled... Subscribe and keep your eyes peeled for full details.
Gaytimes is a boutique festival with a strictly limited capacity. To create an intimate experience, there will be fewer than 1000 people.
Early Birds: $165 + booking fee (SOLD OUT)
First Release: $185 + booking fee (SOLD OUT)
Second Release: $210 + booking fee (SOLD OUT)
Final Release: $240 + booking fee until sold out
Glamping Tickets: $275 + booking fee until sold out
Shuttle Tickets - ON SALE NOW!
In addition to your festival tickets, Gaytimes now offers a shuttle bus to take attendees from Melbourne to Gaytimes 2017 and return, proudly sponsored by Vanessa.
The shuttle bus will depart Melbourne on Friday Feb 17 and will return on Sunday Feb 19. ALL TICKETS ARE RETURN and all shuttle bus ticket holders must hold a valid ticket to Gaytimes 2017.
Melbourne to Lake Mountain
Bus Departs at: 12 noon SHARP Friday, Feb 17th
Bus Departs from: 433 Smith St, North Fitzroy (Charter Bus Stop Opposite Pet Stock & Little Bear Café)
Approximate Arrival Time at Gaytimes 2017: 3:30pm
Lake Mountain to Melbourne
Bus Departs at: 1pm SHARP Sunday, Feb 19th
Bus Departs from: Just outside the Gaytimes Club House
Approximate Arrival Time in North Fitzroy: 4pm
Shuttle Tickets: $40 + booking fee until sold out
Our deluxe glamping option for those who want bit of luxury or you hate pitching a tent.
If you want to book a glamping ticket, you will need to book a minimum of four tickets as a group and you will be accommodated together as a group.
Your glamping ticket includes the tent.
Glamping bell tents sleep 4-5 people so prepare to share with friends.
If you wish to book a private bell tent for yourself and your friends, please book glamping tickets in groups of 4 or 5 and you will be accommodated appropriately, subject to availability.
Glamping is strictly limited so it will be first in, best dressed.
Glamping tents are pitched for you on arrival, and come ready with deluxe airbeds and bed linen.
Gaytimes will be camper than a row of tents, literally.
Gaytimes will offer camping onsite to all festivalgoers.
All general admission ticketholders are entitled to free camping and access to carparking.
Camp sites are unpowered and campsites located near parking are first in, best dressed on the day. You cannot reserve a spot for friends, so arrive together or prepare to camp apart.
Due to emergency management protocols and procedures, you must not sleep in your vehicles.
Gaytimes is a two night, three day event. There will be no single day tickets available.
Gaytimes will be held in a picturesque mountaintop site at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort in Marysville, 1.5 hours from Melbourne.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has onsite permanent bathrooms and shower facilities, and a wet weather contingency option (in case of extreme weather).
Additional details will be emailed to you after your ticket purchase to prepare you for our gay weekend away, including the lineup.
Shortly before the festival, we will email your essential guide to Gaytimes, which includes important information on what to pack (and what's not allowed), how to get to Gaytimes, transport options to the festival, maps, set times and more.
Keep those eyes peeled for our emails, and add our mailing address into your contacts or check your spam folder.
Gaytimes is a BYO event, but we do have our own bar on site in case you run out or fancy an espresso martini.
Pack your esky and bring your own alcohol. But remember no glass or fires are permitted.
While you can bring your own food, Gaytimes will also feature food trucks and coffee carts for guests to purchase good at their leisure.
Gaytimes will also have its own Gaytimes Canteen serving hot food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think egg and bacon rolls and all day BBQ, which will help raise funds for local and LGBTIQ charities.
Gaytimes will have our own General Store selling things you need and forgot: Bags of ice, bottled water, soft drinks, snacks, sunscreen, toiletries and hygiene items, camping essentials and merchandise.
WHO WE ARE
Gaytimes is presented by CLOSET, one of Melbourne's longest running and best loved queer parties.
Back in 2009, CLOSET began with two friends throwing a party and thinking a few hundred people would turn up and instead 1200 people showed up. The rest is history.
CLOSET is a monthly night from homosexuals and those who love them, so we welcome the whole rainbow of the LGBTIQ community and their friends.
Gaytimes is the Australia's first ever queer camping music festival.
Gaytimes welcomes sexually and gender diverse people from the whole LGBTIQ community.
Gaytimes is all about good times, so we will have a zero tolerance policy towards homophobia, transphobia, racism, antisocial behaviour and harassment.
Gaytimes also encourages our festival goers to drink responsibly, avoid prohibited drugs practice safe sex at all times and party safely with your friends.
Gaytimes is 18+, so please bring photo ID.
No glass permitted. (Your vehicle will be checked, and we will confiscate any glass bottles.)
No fire (including BBQs, gas bottles or cooking)
Gaytimes will offer full refunds only in the unlikely event the festival is cancelled.
Gaytimes does not condone scalpers, but name changes are permitted.
Our Mission - An Inclusive Festival
Gaytimes is a boutique music, arts and camping festival for the whole lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and gender diverse community.
We are an inclusive festival that welcomes all the colours of the rainbow, and their friends.
We pride ourselves on curating an eclectic and diverse lineup that represents people from a broad range of identities, backgrounds and music styles.
As a social enterprise, Gaytimes hopes to provide a platform for emerging queer and gender diverse artists to be seen and heard. As we get bigger, we want to do more.
Gaytimes isn't just about music, either. It is a weekend getaway of performance art, visual art, light projections, community, self-expression, sexuality, yoga and more.
We aim to create a safe space for LGTBIQ people to come together and be themselves.
In 2017, we're making a few changes to ensure everyone feels comfortable including: providing gender neutral toilets, extra camping areas, more volunteers and more live acts.
We also have a strict zero tolerance policy towards harassment and any anti-social, homophobic, transphobic or racist behaviour.