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We’ve picked the best UK music events guaranteed to make you rock out in the run up to International Women’s Day.

What’s more, they’re all completely free!

Brighton: International Women’s Day 2016 with Brighton Women’s Centre
Brighton Dome Cafe and Corn Exchange, March 5
A marketplace of ideas, workshops and artisan gifts is at the heart of a free programme of art and debate, organised by Brighton Dome and Brighton Women’s Centre. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day. Performances will come from local artists including acoustic singer Bella Kardasis and rapper Bobbie Johnson.

Manchester: Wonder Women: Here Come the Grrrls Showcase
Band on the Wall, March 6
Celebrating, profiling and inspiring female musicians, this event is part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, with events taking place across the city from 3-13 March. Brighter Sound celebrates IWD with a showcase evening featuring performances from some of the many talented musicians they have worked with over the last twelve months.  Over the course of an evening, they welcome back Wall of Sounds Beth Orton residency musicians, including Natalie McCool, Becca Williams, Elizabeth Vince, Avital Raz, Ione Mai, Gina Tratt, Fiona Soe Paing, Kayla Painter, Sonia Allori and Vanessa James.

London: She’s So Heavy – A Celebration of Women in Rock
Apiary Studios, Hackney, March 8
The Women of Rock Oral History Project and Iron Fist magazine collaborate to bring you an evening of rock n’ roll delights. There will be talks from women who are actively involved in rock and metal, including Tanya Pearson (Women of Rock Oral History Project) and Louise Brown (Iron Fist magazine), plus DJ sets from Jessika (Psychomagik), Harriet (Black Moth) and Julia (Casual Nun).

Sheffield: SheFest
Sheffield Hallam University HUBS, March 12
SheFest is Sheffield’s inaugural IWD fringe festival and on Saturday March 12, SheFest Saturday will include live music and performances from local bands, choirs and artists throughout the day, alongside a fashion show, stalls and workshops.

Cardiff: Birkenstomp
The Little Man Coffee Co, March 20
Birkenstomp is back with a bang, bringing a feminist, queer and inclusive space to Cardiff featuring shedloads of music, workshops, zines, stalls, badges and even vagina cup cakes. There’ll be live performances from the likes of riot grrrl art rockers Think Pretty,  vintage sex song band Jelly Roll and shitty punk band Trigger Warning and the Safe Spaces (TWATSS).

For more information on events happening where you are, check out the IWD website at

Caroline Moors
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