Category Archives: LOUD WOMEN Fest

Petrol Girls: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Seeing Petrol Girls perform at the first LOUD WOMEN Fest back in 2016 was an emotional experience: rage, celebration, comradeship, and pure exhilaration. Punk as fuck. Since then, the band have enjoyed righteous success, including touring with War on Women, and even capturing the interest of the musical High Street with a recent live session on BBC Radio 1. Still punk to the core, they kick off their next UK headline tour this Saturday at LOUD WOMEN Fest. Do not miss! Here’s singer/force of nature Ren Aldridge’s 5 Question Interview …

1. For people who’ve not seen you play live before, what can we expect from you at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Arguably too much ranting in between very loud techy post hardcore tunes about intersectional feminist, anticapitalist and antifascist stuff. And a pair of piss soaked sequined hot pants. And also a new stage backdrop which we’ll be making in 4 different countries on our way to the UK out of cut and stitched national flags… 

2. Fill in the blanks:

“Our sound is like the lovechild of Petty Bone and Refused with a bit on the side from RVIVR”

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

Ideas like the gender binary/ nationalism are maintained through culture: so music/ culture is one front to attack them on. 

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

PHHHH that’s really hard because there’s so many incredible bands that we’ve played with before and also a load of new bands that we’re dead keen to check out! I’m gunna say The Baby Seals because they always make me so fucking happy and that nipple hair song is an absolute banger. I also think that a bunch of people singing along to a song about nipple hair is a beautiful thing. 

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

We’ve been lucky enough to play Loud Women Fest twice already, and its an absolute honour to be part of it again as it grows bigger and bigger, and makes a meaningful difference to the wider music scene by proving just how sweet a line up can be made from women and non binary people dominated acts. We’ve also discovered some of our favourite bands through this festival – especially Dream Nails who we went on tour with after meeting at Loud Women Fest! Can’t wait to discover more great bands this time round. 

September Gurls’ Events

September is coming – time to get some shiny new shoes and a shiny new diary. At LOUD WOMEN HQ we are gearing up for for our event of the year – LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 September at London’s The Dome. There’s lots more happening in our scene though – here’s a few September highlights for those new diaries. (No harm whatsoever in listening to the lovely The Bangles here while you’re filling it in.)

SEPTEMBER DIARY

2 – Girl Gang Leeds: Join us in the DJ booth workshop at the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

2 – Deefhoof, Trask Kit & Dog Chocolate at EartH, London

6 – Gold Baby, Secret Power & more at Paper Dress Vintage, London

6 – Punk n Roll Rendevous at Tufnell Rock Tower, London, with Tokyo Taboo, Starsha Lee, Desensitised, Healthy Junkies, A VOID, Rock n Roll Suicidez, PollyPikPocketz, Yur Mum, Petty Phase, Weekend Recovery & more

7 – Rebel Dykes Gathering at DIY Space for London

7 – Doe’s farewell gig at The Lexington, London


Featured: 7 Sept in Belfast – Rock for Choice

Run by our sisters at Girl’s Rock School NI along with Rally for Choice – this awesome gig features:

  • Sister Ghost
  • Strange New Places
  • Gender Chores
  • Blakbyrd
  • New Pagans
    and more.

13 – Slaughterhaus x Punka at Queenshilling, Bristol – drag queens and DJs raising the roof (and money for Bristol Zero Tolerance)

13 – Get in Her Ears at the Finsbury, London presents Chorusgirl, Tape Runs Out, Adults and Swimsuit Competition.

13 – McWeirdo Presents at The Richmond, Brighton, with Tuffragettes, Georgie Femme and Martyrials

14 – LOUD WOMEN Fest at The Dome, with Petrol Girls, Lilith Ai, T-Bitch, Vaginas, What Else? (Belgium), I, Doris, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, ARXX, Hurtling, The Menstrual Cramps, Peach Club, Secondhand Underpants (Turkey), The Txlips (USA), The Baby Seals, Gaptooth, GGAllan Partridge, Pleasure Venom (USA), Personal Best, The Cleopatras (Italy), Nervous Twitch, Samba Sisters Collective, Hello Delaware (Canada)

17 – Piney Gir album launch at The Lexington, London

20 – The Anchoress w/ She Makes War at St Pancras Old Church, London

21 – A Real Cool Fest™ – Bradford, with Cultdreams, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Kermes, Milk Crimes, Crumbs, Beige Palace, Lana Wild, Super Lemon Days, Mixtape Saints and Chloe Glover


Featured: 21 Sept in London E17 – SheFest

She17 hold their annual celebration of womxn in music at the Wild Card Brewery – free admission, but collecting donations for Girls Rock London. Curated by Kimmi Watson – who wowed us at our Unplugged night last week – the all-dayer features:

  • Tenzin+ friends
  • Hippy In Leather
  • The Ondines
  • Girls Rock London – Feat. Skin and Blister
  • Spinster
  • Jade Stanger
  • More Peas
  • Laurie McNamee
  • I am HER
  • Marty Broke My Heart
  • MIRI
  • Deux Furieuses

20 – Some Weird Sin summer party at the Victoria, London with Pussyliquor, The Empty Page, A Void and Graves

22 – Hell Hath No Fury presents Cultdreams, Pardon Us, Adults and Gen&the Degenerates at Eagle Inn, Manchester

27-29 – Something Else in the Dunny, in Oxfordshire, with Anarchistwood, T-Bitch, Muddy Summers & the Dirty Fieldwhores & more

27-29 – Wotsit Called Fest in Hastings, with I, Doris, Fresh & more

27 – Cigarette Pie Part 3 at the Fighting Cocks, Kingston, with HAWKXX, Girls Like Us, Drunken Butterfly and Breakup Haircut

28 – Reb’Elle Fest in Leeds, with Kagoule, Pins (DJ Set), Cowtown, Big Joanie, Emperor X, Witching Waves, Crywank, Lazy Day, Cryptic Street, Portraits, Just Blankets, Wormboys, Straight Girl, I, Doris, More Peas, Bejia Flo, GG Allan Partridge, Martha Hill, Blom, Girl Sweat, The Menstrual Cramps, Beefy Wink, Pussy Liquor, Ethical Debating Society, Bratakus and All Girls Arson Club 28

Gaptooth: Post-Patriarchy Disco – video premiere

We’re excited to premier the video for new Gaptooth song ‘Post-Patriarchy Disco’! The track – which appears on our very own LOUD WOMEN: Volume Two compilation (pre-order it now!) is taken from Gaptooth’s forthcoming second album Sharp Minds, Raised Fists, due out 11 October.

The video features some familiar faces from the LOUD WOMEN community, including Petrol Girls, Miss Eaves and I, Doris.

Gaptooth – aka Hannah Lucy – had this to say about the song:

“’Post-Patriarchy Disco’ imagines the massive fucking party we’ll throw when we finally overthrow the patriarchy. I wrote it as a tribute to some of the incredible, unstoppable feminist activists I’ve had the honour of organising with in recent years, and I wanted to capture the sense of empowerment and solidarity that comes from working together to achieve radical political goals.”

To celebrate the video release, Hannah has also produced a selection of disco-themed ‘Liberation Now’ badges and stickers available on her Bandcamp page. You can get a download of ‘Post-Patriarchy Disco’ here when you pre-order Sharp Minds, Raised Fists.

Catch Gaptooth live at LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 on 14 September – see the full line up and get your tickets here.

LOUD WOMEN Volume Two compilation album: track listing revealed

Drumroll please as we can finally announce the full 22 track listing for the hotly-anticipated LOUD WOMEN Volume Two compilation album, which will be launched 14 September 2019 at LOUD WOMEN Fest 4!

1The FranklysNot Guilty
2The TxlipsThe Lost One
3I, DorisThe Girl From Clapham
4The Menstrual CrampsNo Means No
5The CleopatrasForty
6LIINESNever Wanted This
7PussyliquorMy Body My Choice
8Pleasure VenomHive
9ARXXIron Lung
10Ms MohammedNever Again
11The Baby SealsIt’s Not About the Money, Honey
12Peach ClubNot Your Girl
13T-BitchFrighty Nighty
14Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic SomethingSomeone Else to Blame
15Jelly CleaverYarl’s Wood
16Secondhand UnderpantsThe Anthem
17GaptoothPost-Patriarchy Disco
18Vaginas, What Else?Loose Tile
19GGAllan PartridgeI Feel Lobe
20HurtlingDon’t Know Us
21Personal BestRadio
22Bridget HartLet Loose Lucy

The CD is available to pre-order now for just £5 from our Bandcamp page – and as a thank you for pre-ordering, when the CD releases after 14 Sept we’ll also send you a copy of Volume One! So that’s 42 of the loudest of loud women, all for a cheeky fiver.

Praise for LOUD WOMEN Volume Two:

“Scabrous riffs, inventive songcraft and full force in-your-face woman power from all bands involved. Loud Women festival shows up the mainstream by exhibiting the very best of women in rock.”

– Paula Frost, Vive Le Rock

“LOUD WOMEN are inspiring social change”

– Kerrang!

At a time of toxic masculinity in the industry, platforms like Loud Women are a brilliant, and brazen, beacon of hope shining a floodlight on marginalised musicians. Turn it up LOUD.

Cheri Amour, Soho Radio / She Shreds magazine

LOUD WOMEN rock!

DJ John Kennedy, Radio X