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MELBOURNE IS MAKING ITSELF A GAY
AND LESBIAN MECCA WITH THE GAYAZ
EXPO. A LOTL PREVIEW.
Last year’s inaugural GayAZ Expo
attracted over 15,000 people during the
three day exhibition. This year ’s Expo
estimates 25,000 visitors will experience
100 lifestyle, business and community
stalls. There are plenty of highlights for
the girls – from chick on chick speed
dating to the D.VICE sex toy stall. And
Melbourne’s hottest lesbian band Hotbox
are warming up to their GayAZ gig.
Hotbox is singer/songwriter/guitarist
Michelle McCormick (pictured), Michelle
Snow on bass, Alex Recoh as lead
guitarist, Marita McQuirk on violin and
Grover on drums. The band’s name is
certainly arresting. How did it come
about? “I chose the name ‘cause it can
have a different meaning for each person.
The sexual nature is an obvious one as I
used to describe my girlfriend’s private
parts as such... Feedback from our
audiences is always positive about the
name, sometimes they want to know if
we have ‘hot boxes’,” laughs Michelle
How would she describe Hotbox’s
sound? “The band plays a blues and folk
infused grunge rock. Most of the songs
are originals with a few 90’s covers such
as Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and
Cruel Sea.” Michelle estimates that their
following is about 60% lesbian, but they’d
like to swell the ranks of dyke devotees
through their GayAZ gig. So make sure
you snatch up Hotbox’s performance on
the Saturday night of the Expo. The girls
will be in fine, mischievous form.
"If we could have a fantasy rider it would
be: hot sexy chicks in nurses uniforms
providing alcohol, chocolate, cups of tea
and sensual massages..."
Hmmm, perhaps a few hundred panty-
throwing lesbians will have to do…
Don’t forget to drop in and visit the LOTL
stall or grab a cup of coffee at our onsite
coffee shop. For special GayAZ offers see
the coupons on the facing page.
GayAZ, Melbourne Exhibition Centre,
September 23-25. Purchase tickets at
www.gayazmelbourne.com.au 10 or $20
for a 3-day pass ( $2.50 bf).
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