Coastal Twist Festival returns in September

Electric Fields

The much-anticipated Annual Coastal Twist LGBTIQA+ Arts and Culture Festival is set to return in September after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

There will be surprises, vibrancy and fun and some of the biggest headliners to date at this year’s festival, to run over seven days and nights from September 27-October 3.

As the festival continues to grow, so does the programming and activations.

Funded by NSW Government the festival this year has been able to amass some real star power including global headliners making their way to the Central Coast for the first time.

Australian electronic music duo Electric Fields, combining modern electric-soul music with ancient indigenous culture will perform along with Etcetera Etcetera from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under and internationally acclaimed puppetry innovators Erth.

The entertainment list continues with one of Australia’s most significant DJs Jonny Seymour, International circus icon Empress Stah, Melbourne’s Burlesque Baddie Ruby Slippers and a comedy showcase by Kweens of Comedy.

There will also be more local and national LGBTIQA+ performing artists and musicians.

Empress Stah

Coastal Twist Festival has also expanded on its community programs benefiting LGBTQ youth, seniors and all abilities with Auslan across events in accessible spaces.

The festival continues to authentically promote inclusion through variety with a wide range of fun and innovative content.

Highlights will include The Love Club Cabaret, The Futurismo Surrealist Dance Party and The Rainbow Youth Teens Dance party.

There will be large free family friendly events including the beach party picnic Life’s a Beach – a day in the sands of Umina Beach with DJs and entertainment.

The festival centrepiece, Coastie Carnie Fair Day, will provide all day entertainment, markets, curated food and bar area, Rainbow Family area, Drag Storytime, Teen Zone and the Pupparazzi Pooch Parade.

See the schedule of events and RSVP for free events and ticket purchases, giveaways, prizes, raffles, and opportunities at

Media release, Jul 14
Coastal Twist Festival

Etcetera Etcetera from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under