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Summer Season 2023!

January 14, 2023

Welcome to 2023! It’s officially our favourite time of year…Midsumma!!

As always, its a busy two months – here’s what we have planned:

22 JanuaryMidsumma Carnival: See us on the main stage between 1:30pm and 2:00pm, and then listen out for us as we roam the grounds playing more music!

2 February MRB at the Pride Centre: Performing for the first time in the Pride Centre Theatrette, this will be an intimate one hour show featuring a mix of the popular as well as some classics. We guarantee to get your toes tapping. This is your chance to hear the Melbourne Rainbow Band perform an hour of our favourite music in the incredible Victorian Pride Centre as part of Midsumma Festival!

5 February – Pride March!

We can’t wait to be performing out in the sun again, always such an amazing vibe!

Unfortunately, we will not be holding our usual Picnic at Forest Glade this year.

As many of our followers would already be aware, 2022 sadly saw the passing of the Late Cyril Stokes.

As a result, MRB will be taking a break from our much loved Picnic at Forest Glade in 2023 to allow the Stokes Collection to reconvene and plan for the future.

Thank you all for your understanding!

We know you’ve heard it all before, but 2020 was one heck of a year.

Here at Melbourne Rainbow Band, we are lucky enough to be part of a strong and resilient community and were able to stick together and continue to create some truly amazing memories despite the challenges.

Originally commissioned for our 25th Anniversary Concert in 2020, Jared McCunnie’s Emerging from Chrysalis has become one of these fantastic memories following a long year of anticipation. Due to COVID, our anniversary concert was sadly cancelled, and we were unable to perform this piece as planned. As a result, Emerging from Chrysalis has taken on an entirely new meaning, enabling each band and audience member to take away something completely different.

Originally broadcast live on 21 April 2021, our world premiere video is now available to view , featuring both the performance and a chance to meet some of our band members and gain an insight into how they view the piece.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Picnic at Forest Glade – 26th January 2020

January 26, 2020

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon with other members of Melbourne’s gender and sexually diverse community. Pack a picnic rug and go all out with your most gourmet of picnic hampers and enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s finest private gardens, only an hour from Melbourne. GLIBTQ car club, […]

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Open Connections

November 9, 2019

The Melbourne Rainbow Band, Shepparton Brass and Wind and the OUTintheOPEN festival invite you to to the City of Shepparton for a one night only gala concert, Open Connections! This show will connect City to Country, and stimulate pride and diversity through music. The two bands will perform a selection of their favourite music, and […]

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Ice-Capades – 1 June 2019

March 22, 2019

Huddling around warm fires with toasted marshmallows, snow angels and snow men, ice skaters gliding and twirling to beautiful music. It’s time to come with the MRB on a winter IceCapade! Join the MRB for a toasty warm evening reliving the magic of winter through music. Saturday, June 1 @ 7:30pm James Tatoulis AuditoriumMethodist Ladies […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2018 – St Kilda Town Hall

December 15, 2018

Carols by Queerlight returns to St Kilda Town Hall for 2018 as the Melbourne Rainbow Band presents a fabulous night of celebration and festive entertainment for the DGS community. Hosted by Damian Nicholas and with special guest artists Lisa-Marie Parker, Justin Clausen & Sue Bradley, you’re invited to sing along with The CbQ Singers Choir […]

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Great Ladies of Song – 21 September 2019

September 21, 2018

Who has never had a crush on a Leading Lady? The Melbourne Rainbow Band and guest artists celebrate these iconic dames of stage and screen through a program of music and song. In our first appearance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, we are proud to feature the vocal talents of Sue Hingston and Vincent Hooper.  Join us […]

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A Journey Through Time and Space – 16 June 2018

June 16, 2018

Are you a space traveller or a time traveller? Join the Melbourne Rainbow Band for our next adventure: A Journey Through Time and Space! Saturday, June 16 @ 7:30pm James Tatoulis Auditorium Methodist Ladies College 207 Barkers Road, Kew ~ $25 Adults / $19 Concession + booking fee Early bird specials if you get in […]

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Dolly Diamond’s 15 Year Anniversary Gala

February 3, 2018

Australia’s reigning queen of cabaret, Dolly Diamond, is celebrating 15 years of performing in Midsumma, and is joining forces with the Melbourne Rainbow Band, the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the  Footscray-Yarraville City Band, as well as some other very special guests for a celebration of song, laughter and Pride. Saturday, 3 February 2018 […]

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Picnic at Forest Glade 2018

January 26, 2018

This Australia Day, pack the car for a drive in the country and join members of Victoria’s LGBTQIA+ community, their family and friends to celebrate our national holiday with the annual Australia Day Picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon. Date/Time: Friday 26 January 2018 – 10am to 4pm Venue: Forest Glade […]

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