Just A Girl | The Finalists!



If you have been following the girls are over the past few months, you will be well acquainted with the Just A Girl competition. In support of Ladyfest Ten, we launched a quest to find some amazing female musicians in need of support. The winner would get to play at Ladyfest Ten in November. The entries flooded in, and we were spoiled for choice. Our panel of swoonsome judges comprising yours truly, Viv Albertine, Camilla Pia, Charlotte Richardson Andrews and Ruth Barnes, deliberated long and hard over the entries, and we whittled them down to just 15. The Just A Girl long list.

The long list is a thing of beauty: 15 incredible artists side by side, flying the flag for lady music makers all over the world. Spanning multiple genres and many localities, this awe-inspiring collection of women has been gaining a great deal of well-deserved attention over the last nail-biting fortnight. After 20,000 hits and reams of supportive comments, we are delighted to announce the six Just A Girl finalists!

These six will showcase their fantabulous talent at the Just A Girl Live final on 23 Oct at The Horatia, alongside lots of extra treats including DJ’s Girl Germs spinning 90’s dance party tunes into the early hours, a wonderful raffle, badges, zines, cakes and a temporary tattoo parlour and moustache bar! All proceeds from the night will go to Ladyfest Ten. Sounds aces? Yes. Want to know which bands you’ll be watching? Here goes…

The six finalists of Just A Girl are… *drum roll*


Birds of Paradise!

Amazon Molly!

Minnie Birch!


She Makes War!

Blue Cherrys!


*swelling of applause*

Congratulations to these ladies for making it through to the next round. We are *so* excited! I’m sure you’ll all also join me in applauding the rest of the long list who, unfortunately, didn’t make it through. Every one of them deserved a place in the final and they are all complete heroines – talented, pro-active and simply awesome. Here’s to you, long list ladies.

Now, onto the final! Come and show your support for your favourite band! All event details are below: you can RSVP on our Facebook event here.

**we have 20 places on the cheap list (£4) so if you would like to nab one, email info@thegirlsare.com with your name**



Birds of Paradise / Blue Cherrys / She Makes War / Minnie Birch / GLDGRVZ / Amazon Molly

Compered by the brilliant Zoe Grisedale.

DJ’s ||

Spinning the best of 90’s pop, punk and riot grrrl, Girl Germs will have you dancing into the early hours. Cut some rug, shake your tail feathers, throw some shapes. Nice.


– Raffle! | Prizes include:

* 2 x British Music Experience tickets, courtesy of hmv
* 1 x Weekend Ladyfest Ten Music pass
* 2 x London Rollergirls bout tickets & booty bag (T shirt, merch etc.)
* £250 worth of goodies from Blue Banana! (http://www.bluebanana.com/)
* CD’s & DVD’s
* Ladyfest Ten treats!
* the girls are treats!
* CD’s & merch from the finalists!
* Bottle of booze

– Support your favourites! |  ‘Team’ badges & cupcakes will be available to buy for a bargainous £1!

– Zines! | Enjoy the best of DIY zine culture!

– Temporary tattoo & moustache bar! | A band tattoo? A Charlie Chaplin ‘stache? It’s all here…


The Horatia
98-102 Holloway Road.
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington & Holloway Road

DOORS || 7.30 – 2am.
£5 on the door
£4 NUS
All proceeds will be donated to Ladyfest Ten.

**A HUGE thank you to the wonderful people who are supporting our raffle: London Rollergirls (swoony skating sheros), Purple PR (keepers of awesome music shizz), Blue Banana (vendors of awesome alternative clothing, accessories and gifts), hmv (awesome music purveyors), Appliances Online (vendors of grown up things like freezers and cookers who gave us some dosh to spend on prizes), The Dogs Doodahs (makers of pretty mugs, and personalised cards n’stuff) and many more**