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WATCH HERE: BALCONY FESTIVAL #6 IN AID OF THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION FROM 6PM ON SATURDAY 20TH JUNE

Thank you for watching Balcony.  Please consider making a donation to The Mental Health Foundation by clicking here.  Find out more about the fantastic work that they do supporting people with their mental health by visiting their website.

Stage Times (approx):
6pm: RtNmakesmusic – The Zine UK Stage
6.20: I am HER – LOUD WOMEN stage
6.40: Ailsa Tully – God Is In The TV Zine. Stage
7.00: Idealistics – Quarantini – Live Virtual Bar Stage
7.20: Fightmilk – Reckless Yes Stage
7.40: Sherika Sherard – Benumu Stage
8.00: Velvet Starlings – GigSlutz Stage
8.20: David Devant & His Spirit Wife – Joyzine Stage

Support Our Artists by Visiting Their Store Pages:

RtNmakesmusic: Facebook
I am Her: Bandcamp
Ailsa Tully: Facebook
Idealistics: Facebook
Fightmilk: Bandcamp
Sherika Sherard: Official Website
Velvet Starlings: Official Website
David Devant & His Spirit Wife: Official Webstore

Visit our partner blogs & promoters:

Joyzine
Louise Schofield
LOUD WOMEN
God Is In The TV Zine
The Zine UK
GigSlutz
Reckless Yes
Benumu
Crocroland
Sonic Tonic
The Bechdel Sound Test
Quarantini Virtual Pub
Louderthanwar

Balcony Festival returns for its sixth outing on Saturday 20th June – the online music festival has raised around £5,000 so far for causes including NHS Charities Together, Refuge and The Trussell Trust and donations received from this event will go to The Mental Health Foundation.

A collaboration between Joyzine and fellow UK blogs and promoters LouderthanwarLOUD WOMENGod Is In The TV ZineGigSlutzThe Zine UKBenumuCrocrolandSonic Tonic and Quarantini, the festival will feature exclusive performances from one band selected by each promoter and will be broadcast on www.joyzine.org and our partner blogs.

You can find out more on the Balcony Facebook and Twitter pages.

Dream Nails Scoop 2019 LOUD WOMEN Hercury Prize for ‘Take Up Space’

DIY punk witches Dream Nails have scooped the 2019 LOUD WOMEN Hercury Prize for their album ‘Take Up Space’ – available on Bandcamp.

The prize was announced in a ridiculous DIY ceremony broadcast on Facebook live, by Cassie and her son Dylan.

The Hercury Prize is judged by Team LOUD WOMEN, who whittled down a Top 12 from nearly one hundred albums by UK-based self-identified female and non-binary artists released in the twelve months from July 2018: that’s albums released on any format, with any level of industry distribution. This year’s shortlist was:

  • Big Joanie – Sistahs (Nov, 2018)
  • Brix & the Extricated – Breaking State (Oct, 2018)
  • Desperate Journalist – In Search of the Miraculous (Feb, 2019)
  • Dream Nails – Take Up Space (Jan, 2019)
  • Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics (Oct, 2018)
  • Grace Petrie – Queer as Folk (Sept, 2018)
  • Little Simz – Grey Area (March, 2019)
  • Muncie Girls – Fixed Ideals (Aug, 2018)
  • Petrol Girls – Cut and Stitch (May, 2019)
  • Queen Zee – Queen Zee (Feb, 2019)
  • She Makes War – Brace for Impact (Oct, 2018)
  • Trash Kit – Horizon (Jul, 2019)

Dream Nails accepted their award on tour in Madrid!

The Cleopatras: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

The Cleopatras are a totally rocking all-woman garage band from Tuscany, Italy and we adore them! They are coming to play LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept, 2pm on the Boston Music Room stage, and here is their 5 question interview …

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

We play a mix of garage rock, punkrock, surf and power-pop, and we try to keep a fresh and ironic style, rough and girlie at the same time.  At Loud Women Fest you will find our brand new EP “Onigiri Head “, that was released on August 30th 2019 as a 7” limited edition coloured vinyl. This release testifies a change in sound resulting from a recent line-up change, and it is also an opportunity to present Vanessa, the new frontgirl of the band!

2. Fill in the blanks…

“Our sound is like the lovechild of Ramones and The Cramps with a bit on the side from early B-52s

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

Come on girls! Turn the Cleopower on!

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

They are all very interesting! This bill is the clear expression of how most of female bands/artists have so much to say, while traditional paradigms are drying up and depriving of meaning. We are mostly into The Menstrual Cramps because…well, because they are bloody awesome!! And we really looking forward to see Gaptooth, as we like her style and her songwriting, and The Baby Seals, I, Doris, Nervous Twitch and Personal Best, the bands we feel more affinity for.

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

In Italy we don’t have something like Loud Women Festival (yet). There are attempts but it’s really hard to be acknowledged. We wanted to be a part of something important and meaningful, with different dynamics than those ruling the music system. It’s like a breath of fresh air for us!

Oosterbanger – Loud Womxn AUS

oosterOosterbanger are a four piece band from Perth in Western Australia. What started off as a solo venture for singer and guitarist Ellen Oosterbaan has become a full band with dirty poetic grit, ready to take you on your next adventure. Songs like “Odysseus” mix Greek mythology with feminism and screaming guitars. As well as being fronted by Ellen the band features Indigo Foster-Turke, Jane Azzopardi and drummer Jordan Shakespeare who are all veterans of the Perth indie rock scene. They will be playing the first Aussie Loud Womxn show in Australia, in Perth on the 8th of June at the Bird.

 

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Have a listen to their latest release :

Freya Roy: 22 Movements – video of the day

Freya Roy brings us an early taste of summer with today’s video of the day, 22 Movements – a sunny-sweet neo-soul beauty.

Norwich’s Freya Roy won the 2018 MOBO Help Musicians fund and is shortlisted for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent 2019. Her debut album, ‘AHLKE’ launches this Saturday on Record Store Day 2019 (13th April) under FCR Music, pressed by Suffolk-based record store, Vinyl Hunter and dropping digitally on April 29th, thanks to the incredible backing and support from MOBO Trust and Help Musicians UK.

Catch her live:

7 April – Sofar Sounds, Brighton
26 April – ClubUniquity, Suffolk

Find Freya Roy on Facebook

Reptaliens: Echo Park – video of the day

Portland, Oregon’s Reptaliens is the husband and wife team of Cole and Bambi Browning. Named in reverence for their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories.

As Cole says, “Bambi and I write all the music. Sometimes we work together to construct songs and sometimes I’ll come home from work and she’ll have a masterpiece finished and perfectly crafted. We both add to each other’s songs and none really seem completely Bambi’s or mine. We do everything together.”

Inspired by all things science fiction, writers like Philip K. Dick and Haruki Murakami, and music ranging from Paul McCartney/ Wings to African artists Francis Bebey and Julee Cruise, the band creates psychedelic, chameleonic dreamscapes that fall sonically and visually somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism. These ideas and influences all coalesce on FM-2030 – named after the renowned transhumanist writer and philosopher – the band’s debut album on Captured Tracks.

Thematically based around obsession, Bambi says she “gravitates toward other people’s obsessions and draws inspiration from them. I like to think of method acting and personify myself as the obsessor, writing from their perspective. I love pretending and creating around these personalities.” This play-acting on record translates to the band’s sincere and theatrical live performances that involve homemade costumes and on-stage guest appearances from a giant reptile-man.

Find Reptaliens on Facebook.