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LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 – second wave lineup announcement!

Ridiculously excited to let you know the next 8 bands to make up our 20-strong lineup for LOUD WOMEN Fest 4! Drumroll please …

Joining us on Saturday 14 September at The Dome and the Boston Music room will be …

  • The Baby Seals
  • Personal Best
  • Pleasure Venom (USA)
  • Gaptooth
  • GGAllan Partridge
  • The Cleopatras (Italy)
  • Nervous Twitch
  • and The Samba Sisters

These awesome eightsome are in addition to the lovelies we have already announced, namely:

  • ARXX
  • Hurtling
  • Peach Club
  • Secondhand Underpants (Turkey)
  • The Txlips (USA)
  • The Menstrual Cramps

Which means that right now our lineup looks like this!

Best fest yet already … and there are still 6 more acts to announce!

Grab your earlybird tickets now:



Review by Tony Rounce

In the year-and-a-bit that the current line-up of Brighton duo ARXX has been together, Hannah Pidduck and Clara Townsend have forged a unit of two that plays with the impact of ten, and evolved from highly impressive to completely unassailable as a musical force. There are few bands out there to match them at the moment and – with apologies to all other groups whose work I admire – none to beat them.

Singer-guitarist Hannah has written several fine songs recently that have quickly and comfortably integrated into the ARXX setlist. They haven’t actually released any new music since their superb 2018 ‘Daughters Of Daughters’ EP, however, so any new recording activity is more than welcome. The current ARXX set closer ‘Iron Lung’ is the first of two brand new singles that the duo plans to unleash over the next few months.  It’s one of Hannah’s strongest lyrical offerings to date, a song of relationship disintegration built on a monumentally tough stop-time funk-rock riff that will stay in your mind long after the song’s 3 minutes and 1 second are up.  Slightly slower on record than it is when played live, but still full of the unbridled aggression that has quickly made it a new favourite among us ARXX devotees. 

The singular use of the ‘F’ word may unfortunately work against it at radio, but all grown up people will recognise it as being a crucial part of Hannah’s by turns simmering and scalding performance.  While her writing is often downbeat, her passionate, committed vocals are fully accessible and make hers one of the finest rock voices since Ann Wilson of the group Heart first came to prominence in the 70s.  Of course ARXX is not a one-woman show, and drummer Clara is, for my money, the best kit basher out there today, bar none.  There isn’t anyone better equipped to drive Hannah’s words and music. Any and every band would be thrilled to have Clara Townsend anchoring their sound.

There will be more ARXX gigs coming up soon, including The Engine Rooms in London on July 27th and  a most welcome appearance at this September’s LOUD WOMEN Fest. If you have not seen Hannah and Clara before, theirs is a set you will not want to miss. And if you have – well,  you won’t need me to tell you that, will you?

‘Iron Lung’ is available now, via all your favourite streaming sources.

All ARXX info on their website

A massive weekend for London’s DIY scene … #AccidentalFestival starts today!


All those man-band promoters claim there’s not enough female musicians to play their festivals, yet we went and filled 4 days with awesome womxn-bands without even trying! #accidentalfestival starts today …

giheFriday 10 August:
Get in Her Ears at the Finsbury, with

*Nervous Twitch*

110818_smallerSaturday 11 August:

LOUD WOMEN at the Hope & Anchor, with
*Cryptic Street*

*Vertigo Violet*
*The Muffin Heads*

36948349_2141995476066720_6100335890972803072_oSunday 12 August:
Who Run the World celebrates their 3rd birthday at the Mill Hill Music Complex with a Sunday afternoon open mic jam – get involved!

blueMonday 13 August:
Blue Monday celebrate their founder MIRI’s birthday at the Booglaoo, with
*Minnie Birch*
*Tom Craven*

*Izzie Yardley*
*Chloe Hawes*

Awesome events also happening this weekend in the DIY capital …

shhFriday 10 August:
Bent Fest and Decolonize Fest at the DIY Space for London, with
*Shh…Diam!* (Malaysia)
*Screaming Toenail*
*Irn Brunette*


queerMonday 13 August:
Oxjam Camden at the Lock Tavern, with

*Jemma Freeman ATCS*


No excuse for staying home!

Basic Bitches, Quim Smashers, T-Bitch and ARXX – 21 April 2018 at DIY Space for London

What a gig! It was an absolute treat to host these 4 bands last night at DIY Space for London last night.


The evening kicked off with Brighton’s ARXX. Since they last played for us, they’ve changed drummer, and added a lot more power and groovy samples too. Hannah’s voice is a-mazing and their songs are worldclass punkpop anthems, and the world needs to hear them! Find them on Facebook.

Next up were T-Bitch from Southend, who brought massive portions of glamour, vitriol, and banging punk rock – all our favourite things in fact! They gave a brilliant performance that had us all grinning and dancing from start to finish. They were also absolutely lovely people to gig with – a model band! They turned up early, helped out other bands with equipment loans, watched all the other bands and stayed to the end.


These might seem like small gestures but they make such a difference to the night, and bands who follow this punkrock code of etiquette are welcome on our stages any time. We hope to see lots more of T-Bitch soon!



Next up were Quim Smashers, who also played live on the LOUD WOMEN Radio show on WRS last week.

Time constraints meant no raffle at the gig (we’ll do an extra big one next time).






But finally our headliners Basic Bitches were a huge treat – a gloriously loud garage rock duo on tour from the US. Perfect end to a great evening.





Our next gig is 21 May with Belle Scar, Silva and Stef Fi at the Hope & Anchor, Islington. Get your tickets here! 


ARXX: 10 question interview


ARXX are our favourite punk duo from Brighton and we are SO excited they are coming to play for us again this Saturday, 21 April at DIY Space for London. Here's their 10 question interview, answered by singer Hannah:
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
Dolly Parton or Kate Nash

2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

Este Haim on bass, purely so we could compete at pulling unattractive faces on stage.

3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out? 

The last song I wrote was ‘Only Child’. I wrote it in my bedroom, but I always save little snippet recordings of ideas on my phone like riffs and melodies. It’s a song about losing someone, so I guess that my experiences inspired me. We play it a lot now, I like it quite a lot, it’s pretty country. 
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  
There’s been so many favourites! But we played at the Five Bells in November ’17 for SE14Girl, it was such a special show because everyone was going mad and they really got us. There was a real feeling of love and appreciation in the room. 
My fave show I’ve seen is impossible to answer. Possibly watching Joan Jett play lead vocal and guitar for Nirvana at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction. That was like having 100 dreams come true.
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Record – Sit Down – Cheap Luxe. Sit Down are an *A*mazing Brighton band,  and they just brought out this banging EP! If you don’t know them, you should!
Book – Animal Behavior by Robert A. Wallace. It’s so bloody interesting!


6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

 Make the music you want to make. It’s not an easy industry, so you’ve got to love it!

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
Dixie Chicks – Taking The Long Way
8. What are your musical goals? 
 To make a living making music, and play all over the world.


9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

 We’ve got a brand new EP called ‘Daughters of Daughters’, which we plan to tour this summer. We’re playing like crazy this year, so come join us!

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

MUNA – Beautiful people making beautiful euphoric pop songs.
SOAK – Best bath time listening.
Rae Morris – One of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time. Her voice is stunning, and her songs are intelligent and infectious.
YONAKA – Fellow Brighton band. Just listening to them makes you feel like a badass!
Phoebe Bridgers – Could listen to her voice all day everyday.

23 May 2016: Echo & the Beats | ARXX | Oh Captain | Greenness | The Wimmins’ Institute @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton


LOUD WOMEN are going to the seaside – hurray!

Some of the best new women-led bands in the land are in Brighton so, rather than keep dragging them up to smelly London, we’re going to put on a show at Brighton’s grooviest venue, The Hope & Ruin, which is moments from both the train station and the sea. Grab your bucket and spade and come with us!


Echo and the Beats
Oh Captain
The Wimmins’ Institute

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