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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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