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Cher to headline 40th Anniversary Mardi Gras party

February 12, 2018

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have confirmed that pop superstar and LGBTQI icon will headline the Official 2018 Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 3rd March.

Marking the 40th Anniversary of the event, this year’s Mardi Gras Party has been generating massive interest and was sold out at the end of 2017.

As a result, Mardi Gras organisers have increased capacity by adding the Dome venue, additional eateries and outside areas to the Party footprint and a final allocation of tickets for sale.

With a No. 1 hit record in each of the last five decades and over 100 million album sales world-wide, Cher is one of the longest-reigning divas in show business, winning a best-actress Oscar, three Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Grammy.

Her chart-topping hits include Believe, Strong Enough, All or Nothing, The Shoop Shoop Song, I Got You Babe, If I Could Turn Back Time, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Half-Breed and Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves.

Alongside her incredible music career, Cher has also made her mark in television, Broadway and film, culminating with a ‘Best Actress’ win at the Academy Awards in 1988 for her performance in Moonstruck.

Announcing Cher’s performance, Mardi Gras Chief Executive Terese Casu advised “Cher has established herself as an influential, hard-hitting voice in global politics, and throughout her career has been at the forefront of LGBTQI campaigns and numerous charities. Cher represents the same unapologetic and fearless freedom that makes the LGBTQI community so enduring and strong—positioning herself as a true gay icon.”

As well as Cher performing live, the multi-venue, multi-sensory Mardi Gras Party experience will include an all-star line-up, including Australian LGBTQI legends from the past 40 years.

Cher will join an illustrious list of some of the biggest international and Australian acts who have performed at the Party over its 40 year history, including George Michael, Village People, Jimmy Somerville, Cyndi Lauper, Calvin Harris, Nick Jonas, Tina Arena, Thelma Houston, Marcia Hines, Chaka Khan, Olivia Newton-John, Jake Shears, The Veronicas, Kylie and Dannii Minogue and many more.

The Official Mardi Gras Party is the biggest LGBTQI party in the southern hemisphere.

Looking forward to the event, NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin commented “this year’s Mardi Gras will be a momentous occasion for LGBTQI Australians and I have no doubt it will be the biggest and best yet.

“From commemorating 40 years since the first Mardi Gras took place through the streets of Darlinghurst and Kings Cross to reaching marriage equality, there will be a lot to celebrate. Cher fits this celebratory mood perfectly.”

For more information go to www.mardigras.org.au 

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