Montaigne to headline 61st annual Brisbane Queens Ball

Montaigne 61st annual queens ball
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Art pop singer-songwriter-musician Montaigne will headline the 61st annual Queens Ball at Brisbane City Hall on June 25. Entertainment has always been a strong focus of the world’s longest-running continuous queer event. 2022 promises the best line-up ever.


A 2012 Triple J Unearthed High School finalist with ‘Anyone But Me’, Montaigne then finished school before pursuing a music career. The young artist quickly built a successful recording and performance career. In 2019, she won the Eurovision – Australia Decides competition to select Australia’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, scheduled for Rotterdam in May 2020.

But along came COVID. Eurovision 2020 became one of the innumerable events cancelled as the world shut down to cope with the pandemic. Montaigne said at the time she had a little cry but agreed with the decision to cancel.

However, in April 2020, SBS announced Montaigne would represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. She first performed ‘Technicolour’, her Eurovision 2021 entry live at the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Before Eurovision 2021, Montaigne recorded an interview with Courtney Act. Courtney also competed in Eurovision – Australia Decides in 2019. In 2021, they climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge together and sang ‘Technicolour’ while overlooking the harbour and city.

Montaigne told Courtney of her openness to a relationship with someone who didn’t fit traditional binaries.

“What comes from sexuality is also this attitude of openness to the world and helping trying to normalize the existence of it in the public sphere and visible space.”

61st annual Queens Ball

The 61st edition of the world’s longest-running continuous queer event takes place on June 25 at Brisbane’s majestic City Hall. The theme for this year’s event is Masquerade and with the increased enthusiasm for attending in costume over the last few years, attendees can expect the loudest and proudest masked ball in Brisbane history.

In addition to hours of fun, the Queens Ball features Brisbane Pride’s annual awards ceremony. Individuals and organisations from across Queensland are honoured for their contributions to our vibrant communities.

Tickets are available from Brisbane Pride and voting for the award finalists is also now open on the same site.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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