Australian pop star and burgeoning gay icon Betty Who is going to be headlining a major music event during Pride weekend in San Francisco this June, as SFist can exclusively report this morning. The event on June 24, dubbed "Pride at the Armory: Jungle," will feature a lineup of internationally known DJs as well, including Australia's Paul Goodyear, the UK's Pagano and Wayne G, and Italy's Danny Verde.
Says Audrey Joseph, Director of Events for the Armory, "Betty Who is an incredible pop artist, with a strong commitment to gay rights." She adds, speaking of Who's newly released second album The Valley, "She has a top-selling album, and is positioned to have the song of the summer. I feel the same way I did when I booked Lady Gaga at SF Pride in 2008. This will go down as a legendary party, and a legendary Pride.”
Joseph expects a crowd of 4,000 at the event, the first big Pride weekend party at the space since 2014's controversial prison-themed Pride party, and the first since the Armory's drill court was approved to become a full-time event venue.
Early bird tickets for the event have already sold out, and $60 tickets are now on sale.
Born Jessica Anne Newham, the 25-year-old star made her debut in 2012 with the single "Somebody Loves You," which would take another two years to rise to the top of the Billboard dance charts here. Her latest single "Some Kinda Wonderful," the video of which is above, is her third number one hit. Along with her 2014 EP Convertible Nights, Betty Who performed shows in San Francisco at Slims and The Fillmore that year, and she opened for Kiesza at The Independent in April 2015.