News | Genesisters X Illuminations Festival


Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is the centrepiece of an evening of live music, themed activities and fun in a safe space for women at East London’s Genesis Cinema

When Kathleen Hanna ordered “all girls to the front” in the nineties, she started something big. Recognising that gigs were frequently male-dominated environments that were inhospitable – threatening, even – to women, the Bikini Kill singer adopted a policy at the Riot Grrrl band’s concerts that asked boys to be cool and move the frack back.

Fast forward to early 2015, and though things may have got marginally better for girls attending gigs, a new row was erupting over the predominantly male line-ups at music festivals. It was the Reading and Leeds line up that was the focus of the furore, with music blog Crack in the Road releasing a poster on social media with all bands that didn’t feature women taken out, leaving just nine out of around 90 acts populating the page.

It was after this that a team – Laura Maw and Michael James Hall alongside Rosie Knight and Bobbie Hughes – created the Genesisters collective as a response to both. The idea was to create a safe, friendly environment for women in which they could enjoy themselves without fear of any unnecessary business occurring. With the help of East London’s Genesis cinema, they now hold regular nights featuring live music, films, art and culture. Above everything, good vibes and a feeling of sisterhood stand tall.

On Saturday 5 November, Genesisters will partner up with Rockfeedback’s Illuminations Festival for a screening of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains – a film that follows a young rebellious woman who puts together an all-girl punk band.

The film will be introduced by artist and punk journalist Caroline Coon, who was technical advisor on the film, and there will be live performances on the night from Cardiff band Estrons and London outfit Dream Nails as well as DJ sets from Kathryn Woods and other special guests. There will also be ‘zine stalls, themed cocktails and make up artists on hand to recreate looks from the film.

Sounds right up our alley. We’ll see you there.

Oli Williams and Kim Taylor-Foster




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