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Heaps Gay, Off The Rails + Throttle Roll Join Forces For Marrickville Block Weekender Festival

1 August 2023 | 2:52 pm | Jessie Lynch

Presented by Heaps Normal, this three-day festival this October long weekend promises to be the most unforgettable event the city has ever seen.

Heaps Gay will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Heaps Gay will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. (Joseph Mayers)

his October long weekend, the inner west of Sydney will witness a monumental celebration of live music, queer party vibes, and moto-lifestyle as three iconic brands join forces to present the Marrickville Block Weekender.

Presented by Heaps Normal, this three-day festival promises to be the most unforgettable event the city has ever seen.

Kicking off on Saturday, September 30, the festivities begin with the HEAPS GAY STREET PARTY, where punters will celebrate Heaps Gay's 10th anniversary.

Building on the success of their renowned Roadwerk events, the party will dance day-to-night to the beats of house, pop, and nu-disco music. With a lineup that includes BIG WETT, Billy Davis, Tseba, Stereogamous, Dameeeela, MungMung, and many others, along with drag performances and colorful roaming artists, the event is sure to bring about the vibrant party vibes that have become synonymous with Heaps Gay.

On Sunday, the inaugural Off The Rails festival, presented by Bad Friday takes centre stage, bringing a bold lineup of punk, garage, and hardcore music.

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Leading the charge are the ferocious pub rockers Amyl and the Sniffers, along with underground legends The Mark of Cain. The lineup also features other notable acts like Private Function, RVG, Shady Nasty, Dust, Southeast Desert Metal, DOWNGIRL, The Neptune Power Federation, Chimers, Organs, Itchy & The Knits, with more to be announced.

Off The Rails will be hosted at both Marrickville Block Weekender and the Bar On the Hill Forecourt in Newcastle.

The long-awaited return of Throttle Roll concludes the festivities on Monday, bringing a celebration of Australian motorcycling culture.

Beyond showcasing wild motorcycle builds, Throttle Roll has earned a reputation for embracing the lively and creative motorcycle community. With rock and roll music and headline acts like Papa Pilko and the Binrats, and XOLO, this event is set to be a vibrant celebration of custom motorcycles.

Heaps Normal co-founder and CEO Andy Miller shared, “Heaps Normal is so pumped to present the Marrickville Block Weekender. It epitomises what we love most about our inner west Sydney community — an exciting mix of different subcultures coming together and celebrating the fact that our individual differences make our worlds more interesting and fun.”

“There’s nothing more heaps normal than that. Heaps Gay, Off The Rails and Throttle Roll...what a party! Heaps Gay have been running events that create a fun, safe space for people to express themselves completely and freely. They're a pillar of the Sydney nightlife and have been providing continuous solace for the queer community and allies to come out of their shell since their first event in 2013.”

In addition to providing a weekend of unforgettable entertainment, the Marrickville Block Weekender is a celebration of the diverse culture that defines the inner west. The festival fosters inclusivity, highlighting different subcultures that make the area so unique and captivating.

Tickets for the Marrickville Block Weekender are on sale now.


Presented by Heaps Normal
30 September - 2 October, 2023
Railway Parade, Marrickville

Tickets on sale HERE


Presented by Heaps Normal
Saturday 30 September, 2pm - 10pm
Tickets from $50+BF

BIG WETT - Billy Davis & Friends - C.Frim - Cherry Chola - Chic Coach - Dameeeela - Diola - Fried Pork Chop - Gaff.E - House Of Silky - Jacqui Cunningham - Kavi - King C*Ntessa - Lady Fur - Mason Brown X Alex Morris - Miss Kaninna - MungMung - Munsaib - Rosie Rivette - Shake Daddy - Sharon Manhattan - Show Us Ya Tips - Siala - Sour - Stereogamous - The Dreaded Skater - Tseba & Friends - Yvngcweed - Vvpete - Zotdotcom


Presented by Bad Friday & The Music & Booze Co
Sunday 1 October, 2pm - 10pm
Tickets from $75+BF


Amyl and The Sniffers - The Mark Of Cain - Private Function - RVG - Shady Nasty - Full Flower Moon Band - Dust - Southeast Desert Metal - DOWNGIRL - Neptune Power Federation - Chimers - Organs - Itchy & The Knits + more to be announced.


Monday 2 October, 11am - 7pm
Tickets from $35+BF

Papa Pilko & The Binrats - XOLO (formerly the Frankie’s World Famous House Band) - Howlin Alvarez & Drey Rollan - The Stripp + more to be announced!