This post was originally published on our site – My City Life, way back on 6th March 2014.
Don’t despair if you’re one of the swathes of LGBTI individuals who spent your pride weekend feeling more Mardi Blah than Mardi Gras. The crowning jewel in Brisbane’s annual glittering gay calendar Big Gay Day is back for its 13th year this Sunday; bigger, better and more glittering than ever.
To get you warmed up for the Big Day, we’ve put together a playlist to celebrate what Big Gay Day is all about: diversity, being Australian, and of course, really, really good music.
1. Tear It Down – The Aston Shuffle
Canberra EDM exports, The Aston Shuffle, return to form in 2014 with this very sexy track that’s bound to get you breaking a sweat even before the BGD gates open. Best served at full volume and with very forgiving neighbours.
2. High – Peking Duk
This track’s been storming up the charts since its release, leaving little wonder why. Featuring Aussie vocalist, Nicole Millar, the Sydney Duo are back with a hit that’ll get you ready to storm the BGD dancefloor. Clothing: optional.
3. Goodbye Future – The Presets
Dancefloor darlings of Sydney’s gay scene, The Presets, aren’t amiss on a playlist north of the border. Featuring Julian Hamilton’s famous false setto over thundering electronic synths, this is sure to please old and new fans alike.
4. Take Me – RUFUS
Fronting the new movement of Australian electronic artists, RUFUS are making waves both Down Under and overseas with their unique brand of poolside electro-chill. This track conjures images of what Australian Summer’s all about: sun, surf and very sexy people. Just try not to fall in love with lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist’s voice; I dare you.
5. Breathe – Anna Lunoe
Songstress extraordinaire, Anna Lunoe, hits all the right notes with this runaway track which effortlessly layers distorted, psychedelic vocals over an atmospheric, 90s house hook. When you’re caught up in Breathe’s smooth, hypnotic melody, remember to do just that – breathe.
6. Rock U Tonite – Wave Racer
21-year-old Aussie protégé Wave Racer takes the seventh spot on my playlist with a killer track that seamlessly blends 90s videogame soundbytes with 21st century dance sensibility. Who would’ve guessed that Sonic the Hedgehog would be teaming up with Zelda and Ecco the Dolphin in 2014 to tackle the club scene?
7. Foreign Formula – Indian Summer
This tune is massive. Coming off the success of their Foreign Formula EP, Indian Summer aim to get hips swerving, bodies grinding and booties dropping with Foreign Formula, and they do exactly that.
8. Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer – Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
An oldie but a goodie. UK supergroup Freemasons are sure to tear it up at BGD, and this track’s testament to the firepower to expect from the main stage on the day.
9. Into The Blue – Kylie Minogue
And of course, what playlist would be complete without the Queen of Pop herself? Into The Blue is a 2014 entry into Kylie’s dauntingly illustrious catalogue of pop-dance instant classics, and I can say with confidence that it stacks up to the likes of Spinning Around, On A Night Like This and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.