Celebrating the momentous reopening of The Metro Theatre, beloved Australian singer/songwriter Alex The Astronaut leads the line-up on this special Mardi Gras Pride Weekender edition of Express Yourself, which will serve as the first night of live music at the venue since early 2020.

Alex will be joined by emerging artists including rapper and producer BVT, alternative pop-rocker Hope D, electro-pop artist NIK NAVY, and super singer/songwriter duo No Frills Twins. Presenter, producer and DJ Faustina Agolley will be on hosting duties for the evening. The judging panel will see folktronica singer Gordi, international songwriter Alex Hope, national treasure Marcia Hines, APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston, Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger and special guest judge Starley.

A joint initiative between Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS, Express Yourself – Queer Discovery is a series of music showcases aiming to foster and provide a platform for emerging LGBTQI+ artists. Each showcase sees these artists perform alongside an established headliner to a room of industry heavyweights and the general public. At the end of the series, a panel of judges will select two emerging artists to perform at a future Mardi Gras event.

This Pride Month will see Mardi Gras takeover The Metro Theatre for Mardi Gras Pride Weekender; two days of celebration that also honour Mardi Gras’ history and heritage. Part of Destination NSW’s Sydney Solstice initiative, Mardi Gras Pride Weekender also supports the return of live entertainment, dance parties and large gatherings after a year hiatus post-COVID.