LOUD WOMEN Fest 2017

IMG_0659Well, that was a hell of a lot of FUN! I’ve finally emerged from my bed to come and say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to LOUD WOMEN Fest last night – it was the best ever and we can’t wait to do it all again!

Thank you first of all to all the awesome bands who came and played for us, namely:

Jelly Cleaver – a stunning performance from a very talented singer with a new album out – check out ‘Cure for An Existential Crisis’ on SpotifyIMG_0664

Beverley Kills (band) – huge fun, want to see these again soon! I loved their cover of Straight Up IMG_0665

Lea Andrews Music – what a voice! A rare treat.

IMG_0672Grace Savage – possibly my highlight of the Fest, Grace is a stunningly talented beatboxer who mesmerised the room. Really hope she’ll come back and make amazing face noises for us really soon!

IMG_0674Velodrome Music – never the same performance twice, we all thoroughly enjoyed their beautiful crazyfun set.

IMG_0677She Makes War – what a class act. Laura made a lot of new fans yesterday, playing to a packed room in the afternoon. Welcome back any time!

IMG_0681Baby Arms – effortlessly cool, a brilliant pop band. Jennifer had to borrow my guitar half way through after a string crisis – she carried on like a pro, and my guitar has certainly never been played so well before 🙂

IMG_0688Party Fears – our new BFFs! Enormous fun all the way from Berlin. If they don’t come back soon we’re just gonna have to go over there for more of that good stuff.

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Gaptooth – pure awesome, catchy-as-hell pop songs. Hannah embodies everything LOUD WOME

N is all about – when she wasn’t on stage, she had rolled her sleeves up, put on a high vis jacket and helped us steward the event. She also created the gorgeous drawings on our event poster. We love her big time!

Thunder On The Left – injected some powerful big-stage rock onto our little stage

Lilith Ai – a beautiful performance from an awesome woman set on a path for stardom – what a treat to hear that bone-shaking voice up close. (And she made me a delicious tarty-cakey-pie. I mean, seriously, delicious. The entire Fox family thanks you for our ‘Lilith Pai’!)

The Baby Seals – superb! We can’t wait for them to hurry up and get famous so we can tell people we loved their early stuff.

Sink Ya Teeth – storming performance to a jam-packed room. Come back soon!

LIINES – we finally got to see LIINES! And they lived up to all our hopes – a barnstorming performance, loved em.

GUTTFULL – I may be a little bit biased, but I think it’s fair to say that was GUTTFULL’s best performance ever. And the room pretty much exploded, in a really good way, and I’m getting teary again even just thinking about Moe’s brother’s haka … just so much love. Best band ever.

DREAM NAILS – ‘nailed it! All their touring has really consolidated their live performance. Really enjoyed the new groove injected by their brand new bassist – sounded like they’d been listening to some Fire Party. And their messages are totally aligned with the positive spirit of feminism that LOUD WOMEN is all about: supporting your sisters, and lending them strength in the face of patriarchal bullshit. Girls to the fucking front 💋

Janine Booth – as ever, Janine’s poetry charmed, wowed and inspired a packed venue. I’m always amazed how she gains and holds the attention of an audience who’ve come to watch loud music, and immediately turns them into fans. Love her to bits.

The Twistettes – another new favourite band, awesome punk brilliance. Welcome back anytime.

IMG_0719Petrol Girls – performance of the night. Fresh off the ferry from the their European tour with Dream Nails, they put on an incendiary show which, again, consolidated the festival’s spirit of raising up the sisterhood. Ren is an awe-inspiring frontwoman.

Hands Off Gretel – And another powerful Lauren leading this band. No doubt they’re going on to much greater things!

PUSSYLIQUOR – the perfect grrrl punk band – my absolute favourite favourite new band of the day! They must come back and play again very soon please.

IMG_0738Mammory Tapes – an ideal end to the Fest – Chéri d’Amour and co kept us dancing way beyond curfew. Perfect selections for a perfect day 

Enormous thanks and my eternal gratitude to Team LOUD WOMEN for putting in a very long day and night of hard work to make sure everything ran so smo

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othly: thank you Lucy Morgan Gemma Gompertz Phil WhaiteAbby Werth Lorna Argonaut Jo Smith Hannah Wright Charley Stone Ris Kaand last but *most* Kate Whaite who skilfully managed the door, compered the bar stage, sold merch, stewarded … and

entertained a room with jokes to fill a potentially awkward string-breaking pause. Absolute superstars, all of you. 

Huge thanks to the amazing team of volunteers at DIY Space for London – it’s such a fantastic venue, making events like this possible. Thank you Colette Rosa and Tommy and Vanessa and Anne Marie Sanguigni and everyone else at this brilliant venue.
Special thanks to Mark Estall from Marketstall Recording for keeping everything sounding perfect, and keeping things running smoothly. Brilliant too to be joined by two interns – Melissa and Lizzie – from Soundgirls.orgwho came and helped Mark and Vanessa. Hope to see them working in sound again soon!

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Finally thank you to Gonul and 1001Anatoliandelights for preparing a delicious Turkishfeast for us at short notice – such delicious food!

Thank you thank you thank you everyone for supporting our scene, and helping these put these amazing women on stage. Let’s do it all again next year … but bigger, and louder 💋💥😘

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