CHER seems to have confirmed that she will be coming to Australia for the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

It is unclear whether Cher will participate in the parade, or if she will be the headline performer at the after-party.

In an earlier Tweet, the star revealed that she was “hoping to do concerts in Australia and New Zealand in 2018. Will update”.

It is not known at this stage if her Sydney Mardi Gras appearance will be as part of a larger tour.

The festival’s organisers are yet to officially confirm she will perform at the event on 3 March at the Sydney Hordern Pavilion. But the tweet lends significant weight to persistent rumours that Cher would headline the festival.

There were about 600 tickets left on Friday, but, just three hours after Cher’s tweet, organisers said the event was now sold out.

“We have lots of exciting announcements coming up v soon – it’s going to be an INCREDIBLE NIGHT!,” organisers said on Saturday afternoon.

Cher, an immensely popular gay icon, would be a significant coup for the Sydney Mardi Gras in its 40th year. It would also bring her to Australia in the months after same-sex couples begin to marry.

Cher’s last Australian tour was in 2005, and she has never before performed at the event.


Boy George, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, and Olivia Newton-John are among previous headliners. Lauper, another big name, performed at the Mardi Gras’ 30th anniversary.