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 and the Melbourne Rainbow Band.

Gather your family and friends and get ready to sing along with what has been billed the “Campest thing since Christmas” and “A rainbow Christmas for everyone”. There is nowhere like Carols by Queerlight, where being home with the LGBTIQ+ for Christmas puts the sparkle and glitter back into the festive season and brings together the Diverse Gender and Sexuality (DGS) community.  Reserve a table, bring a delicious banquet and get your drinks at our (very reasonable) bar.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 @ 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

St. Kilda Town Hall

Corner of Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, St Kilda

Tickets start from $16 for adults and $8 for children*
*Ticket prices start at $16 for adults and $8 for children based on D Reserve.

Online ticketing is closed – Tickets are available at the door

View a copy of the seating plan here.

Our message is simple: anyone is welcome to come and celebrate Christmas with us; you are respected, and you are loved. ‘Carols by Queerlight’ is an out and proud celebration of – and for – the wider DGS family.


We are pleased to be able to offer cheese platters for your nibbling pleasure.

Serving two people, these cheese platters include one soft and two hard cheeses, served with quince paste and crackers alongside a selection of dried fruit and nuts, hummus dip and a crudité of vegetables*.
* Slight variations may occur due to availability of stock


Check out some pics from last year’s Carols by Queerlight.

CBQ Singers 2018

October 7, 2018

Carols by Queerlight returns to the St Kilda Town Hall in 2018, and the Melbourne Rainbow Band is putting out an invitation to choristers from everywhere to join the occasional choir: The CbQ Singers.

A special choir will be formed to lead community singing and expressions of interest are invited from experienced choristers who read music and will be able to perform with minimal rehearsal time.

Rehearsal and performance dates:

Sunday 18 November
Positive Living Centre
Choir rehearsal: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday 29 November
Prahran RSL
Rehearsal with band: 7.30pm – 10.00pm 
Sunday 9 December
Positive Living Centre
Choir rehearsal: 4.30pm – 6.00pm 
Thursday 13 December
Prahran RSL
Rehearsal with band: 7.30pm – 10.00pm 
Saturday 15 December
St Kilda Town Hall
Performance Day: 3:30pm sound check
7:30pm performance


If you are interested, please email your name, voice part and contact phone number to the choir convener: or join the Facebook group The CBQ Singers.

City of Yarra – Carols by Candlelight 2018

October 2, 2018

The MRB is absolutely thrilled to be part of the City of Yarra Carols by Candlelight concert this year! When: Thursday 6 December 2018, from 6.00 pm Where: Citizens Park, Richmond (Corner Highett and Church Streets.) Bring the whole family along to this FREE festive celebration. The concert will also feature performances by school, community and […]

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Picnic at Forest Glade – 26 January 2019

October 1, 2018

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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Pride March 2019

October 1, 2018

On Sunday 3 February 2019, the MRB, along with the members of Melbourne’s GLBTI communities will take to the street to show our pride! Give us a cheer and a clap as you see us pass down Fitzroy Street, your enthusiastic support makes the long walk that much easier. Or even better, join us! Each […]

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Great Ladies of Song – 21 September 2019

September 4, 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

April 11, 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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Open Rehearsal – Thursday 15 February 2018

February 15, 2018

Melbourne Rainbow Band invites new members. Fresh from performing at Midsumma Carnival and Pride March, the Melbourne Rainbow Band is holding an open rehearsal. While new members are welcome at any time, the open rehearsal provides a great opportunity for players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who may be interested in becoming a member […]

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Picnic at Forest Glade 2018

January 3, 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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Dolly Diamond’s 15 Year Anniversary Gala

January 1, 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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