Star-Studded Line-up for Blak & Deadly: The First Nations Gala Concert

Drag Queen Miss Ellaneous with Harbour Bridge in the background with colourful border

A glittering line-up for Blak & Deadly: The First Nations Gala Concert has been announced today, with stars including Jessica Mauboy, Casey Donovan and Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO taking to the stage for one night only at the Sydney Opera House.

Blak & Deadly: The First Nations Gala Concert, the only WorldPride Official event at the iconic Sydney Opera House, will be hosted by ‘Faboriginal’ comedian Steven Oliver and feature performances from music duo Electric Fields, award-winning artist Mo’Ju and Ru Paul’s Drag Race Down Under star Kween Kong.  

Pop singers Samuel Gaskin and the Merindas, and Indigenous Canadian tenor and musician, Jeremy Dutcher, will also take part in the evening of festivities.  

Alongside this, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will provide a stunning addition to this incredible line-up of First Nations LGBTQIA+ talent and artistry.

Ben Graetz, First Nations Creative Director for Sydney WorldPride, said: “Blak & Deadly is a chance to get dressed up, look fabulous, and enjoy some of the best First Nations artists in a one-off night of comedy, music, culture, song and dance.

“It is a momentous event and an incredible privilege to be able to celebrating LGBTQIA+SB First Nations brilliance on, not only one of Australia’s greatest stages, but in one of the world’s most famous venues.”

Tickets for Blak & Deadly: The First Nations Gala Concert are only available via the MobTix program (click here to apply), which provides discounted tickets for First Nations people. Tickets via MobTix are at $49 + bf. Sydney WorldPride 2023 runs for 17 days, from 17 February to 5 March 2023 incorporating Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Tickets for Official events available here. Tickets for community events at

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.