Feature | 10 Women-led music nights in London

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Women-led music nights are springing up fast and loud all over London – and beyond. Celebrate talent, champion women and have a great time – grab your mates and get yourself along to one of these nights showcasing some of the best of women in music.

1. LOUD WOMEN

Where? Hope & Anchor, 207 Upper Street, N1 1RL; The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB; Veg Bar, 45 Tulse Hill, Brixton

When? Multiple dates at multiple venues

Sound Punk, pop and riot grrrl

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LOUD WOMEN gigs were launched in October 2015 by Cassie Fox of The Wimmins’ Institute, as a not-for-profit DIY collective dedicated to putting talented women on stages who might otherwise have struggled to get heard, and having plenty of fun while they’re at it. In that time, they’ve showcased 42 women-led acts (including The Ethical Debating Society, above) via 17 shows, and raised nearly £1,000 for Women’s Aid. Shows are mostly in London, but not exclusively so: recent dates included events in Newport and Brighton. In February, the LOUD WOMEN eZine was launched to over 1,000 subscribers, featuring news, interviews, videos and music reviews. All-ages matinee gigs are also proving popular with parents. A festival featuring 25 acts is planned for September: the line-up so far includes Vodun, Desperate Journalist, Dream Nails, Louise Distras and Grace Petrie.

Tegan Christmas, of The Ethical Debating Society, says LOUD WOMEN shows are the “best shows in London for grrrl fronted guitar action! Inclusive, friendly and inspiring.”

Bob Oram wrote in The Morning Star that “Loud Women will undoubtedly be the beacon for all the best new female talent in 2016”.

Facebook facebook.com/groups/loudwomen

Twitter @loudwomenclub

Instagram @loudwomen

Website loudwomen.org

2. Who Run the World

Where? Apples and Pears Bar, 26 Osborn Street, E1 6TD and Muse, 23 Frith Street, W1 4RR

When? Monthly shows at multiple venues

Sound All sorts! Acoustic, rock, pop, soul, blues, metal, riot grrrl, punk.

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Musician Beth White (above) launched Who Run the World (WRTW) in August 2015, and since then she’s hosted around 25 gigs, with 10 in the pipeline at the time of writing. She’s a woman on a mission: “To help improve visibility of women in music in London’s grass roots scene”. Past gigs have seen the likes of ARXX, Berries, Salwa Azar and Nova Twins. As well as the regular LGBTQ night at Muse, and acoustic night at Apples and Pears, WRTW will be helping bands with their Summer tours, and teaming up with LOUD WOMEN for a sisterly contribution to the We Shall Overcome events in October.

Facebook facebook.com/wrtwuk

Twitter @wrtwuk

Instagram @wrtwuk

Website whoruntheworld.co.uk

3. Blue Monday

Where? The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road, N6 5AT

When? Second Monday of each month

Sound Singer-songwriters

This well-established and popular acoustic night for LBQT women performers has been going for six years, run by musicians MIRI (@miriofficialuk) and Rosered (@lydiathepixie). Everyone is welcome, and the night is straight-friendly. Past performers include Nia Wyn, Minnie Birch, Xylaroo and Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band. Watch out for their ‘Girls to the Front’ night at the Green Note on 16 October.

Facebook facebook.com/bluemondayldn

Twitter @bluemondayldn

YouTube youtube.com/bluemondaytv

4. #genesisters

Where? Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ

When? Quarterly

Sound Riot grrrl, feminist punk, female-led rock and pop

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This feminist art night has been running since September 2015 at the Genesis cinema, each time screening a feminist music film, hosting all-female or female-fronted bands, and also including feminist zine or merch stalls. Past performers have included Dream Wife, Fightmilk, Fresh, and Majorettes. On Thursday 30 June, they’re screening Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, the tale of the feminist anti-establishment punk band in Russia, with a special introduction from the documentary’s co-director, Mike Lerner. The fourth #genesisters night is on Saturday 20 August with The Wimmins’ Institute, and further ahead they’re also planning a whole weekend festival of films, bands, zines and workshops from 21 to 23 October.

Facebook facebook.com/groups/1485837781746710/

5. Girl Power London

Where? The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP

When? Last Saturday of every month

Sound R’n’B, hip-hop and pop DJs from the Nineties to present day

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A glittery, fun party night with all-female DJ line-ups playing mostly women artists. A range of amateur and professional DJs, including Zoe London, Fabienne and
 GCDJ. Look out for future DJ sets from Rosie Lowe, and film screenings.

The night has been going since April. Organiser Jenny Cotter says, “We are not aiming to be exclusive or anti-guy. We just want the girls to be running the fun and the music, and to create a space for the feminine and girly to be celebrated by everyone.”

Facebook facebook.com/girlpowerldn

Twitter/Instagram @girlpowerldn

6. Clit Rock

Where The Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU

When Two or three events per year

Sound Rock n’ roll, afrobeat, pop, soca, and all in between!

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Clit Rock has been going since 2011, with the twin aims of addressing the gender imbalance in the live music scene, and raising awareness and funding for the anti-FGM campaign. Past acts include Deux Furieuses, Blindness, Madame So and Feral Five. Clit Rock 9 returns this Autumn, and there are plans to curate a Clit Rock stage at a major festival next Summer.

Facebook facebook.com/CLIT-ROCK-220135141374485

Twitter @clit_Rock

YouTube youtube.com/channel/UCtcougq5SpOPefiWlfaVtQQ

7. Resist Psychic Death

Where? DIY Space for London

When? Irregular

Sound Riot grrrl/punk

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Run by Karis, this DIY night has only put on a few shows so far, but with line-ups including riot grrrl royalty such as Shopping, The Ethical Debating Society and Skinny Girl Diet (pictured above performing at Resist Psychic Death in January), they are sure to be ones to watch for the future. RPD gigs are benefit shows, which have raised money some amazing causes and groups, including Focus E15 Mothers, the Women’s Project at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, Solace Women’s Aid, the Good Night Out campaign and DIY Space for London.

Facebook facebook.com/resistpsychicdeath

8. Shatterproof

Where? Ziferblat, 388 Old Street, EC1V 9LT

When? Irregular

Sound Solo and duo singer-songwriters, poetry and spoken word performances

A new event showcasing female and LGBTQ+ musicians and spoken word artists. All genders and sexualities welcome. Performers have included Daniel Versus the World, River Harper and Baby Arms (the solo project of Jennifer Doveton from Colour Me Wednesday). The next show is 29th July with Cath Elms.

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(And then we couldn’t miss out these two down in Brighton, which is London-on-Sea, yeah?)

9. FemFriday

Where? Artista Studio, 18 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD

When? First Friday of every month

Sound A mixed bag. Expect loop artists, punk bands, singer-songwriters, rap/beatbox, folk, blues, jazz and rock.

The event was launched by French musician Cess (of the band Greenness) in March 2016 for International Women’s day as ‘FemFest’, which then became a monthly event. The aim is “Showcasing and promoting female musicians in a fun and inclusive atmosphere”. Past performers include Brighton locals Yazmyn Hendrix, Laura and the Bass, Dirty Scavenger and Chuck SJ Hay, but word is spreading up the M23 and London-based acts are starting to play too.

Facebook facebook.com/femfriday

10. Fallopian TuNes

Where? The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA

When? Three mini-festivals a year

Sound Punk, electronica, Femme-C, hip-hop, tekno, riot grrrl, soul

New to Brighton, this latest addition to women-led music nights has been running for six years in Dublin. Past events featured Punkture Sluts, Ophelia MC and My Bad Sister.

Facebook facebook.com/Fallopian-Tunes-719845694828269

Twitter @fallopiantunes

List compiled by Cassie Fox

Photos: Tegan from The Ethical Debating Society @ LOUD WOMEN, Veg Bar, 30/10/15: copyright Keira Anee, 2015 | Girl Power London

 

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