Two of the drag stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race are set to head to outback New South Wales for this year’s Broken Heel Festival.
CoCo Montrese and Alexis Michelle (pictured, below) will join a lineup of Australian entertainers bringing drag performances, cabaret, comedy and live music to the now-annual festival.
Local drag stars Philmah Bocks and Art Simone will host the event, which first started in 2015 as a tribute to the 1994 drag classic “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”.
This year’s festival will run for three days this September in the outback city of Broken Hill, 1500 km south west of Brisbane.
The festival showcases all the iconic outback locations from Stephan Elliott’s film, including the Palace and Silverton Hotels, and revellers will also get the chance to meet some of the cast and crew from the movie including June Bennett, who played barfly Shirl.
Australian drag stars Trevor Ashley, Cindy Pastel, Karen from Finance, Jemima Handful, Polly Filla, Shelita Buffet, Christina Knees-Up, Mr James Bling Bling, Archie Arsenic and Rosie Faux will also entertain crowds across the festival’s three days.
The “So You Think You Can Drag” competition, hosted by 2016’s Queen Of Broken Heel Shelita Buffet and Christina Knees-Up, will put a group of performers through gruelling challenges as they do laps of the town’s main drag while in drag, competing to be crowned this year’s King and Queen of Broken Heel.
DJ Kitty Glitter will host her “Glitter Bomb” dance party on the Saturday night, and ABBA cover band “BAAB” will also perform.
The original “million dollar bus” from the award-winning Priscilla stage musical will again be on display at this year’s festival, before the show returns to Australian shores next year.
The Broken Heel Festival will run for three days from Friday September 8 to Sunday September 10 in Broken Hill, New South Wales. For tickets and more information, visit the Broken Heel Festival website or Facebook page.
(Photos by Robert Knapman/Broken Heel Festival)