LOUD WOMEN has a MASSIVE 2018 planned, and we’re starting with a BANG … in the form of Personal Best DREAM NAILS The Ethical Debating Society and Best Praxis at Amersham Arms, 20 Jan. Tickets available now.
Our favourite feminist punk witches from hell, Dream Nails, are launching a brilliant new EP next week, with a halloween party on Friday 27 October at DIY Space for London. You’re going yeah? Good! Here’s the ticket link.
As the true punk witches we are, we’re throwing a HALLOWEEN PARTY for the launch of our second EP, Dare to Care!
We have honestly never been so excited about a show in our lives. This EP is all about self-care through political action, and we’re launching it with a handmade zine dedicated to witches and ancient women’s wisdom. We’ve worked hard this year and are so proud of what we’ve made, so can’t wait to share it with you! 💝✨🌶🔥
OUR PARTY WILL FEATURE:
**Delicious pumpkin curry** courtesy of Vegan Delights. The revolution ain’t gonna happen on an empty stomach ya know! Also gluten free, vegan cakes…
Flamboyant songstress all the way from Oakland. Check out her song “Broke (Dance)”
Barmaids, best friends, and a queer as fuck pop punk band from South East London.
Please note that DIY Space for London is open to members and their guests only. Membership costs £2 and takes 48 hours to take effect. Join and pay at diyspaceforlondon.org
Julie Hawk, front woman of Hawk, has created a beautiful multimedia project called ‘Female Fronted, Drawn Together’. This is very much LOUD WOMEN’s cup of tea! A playlist of inspirational female musicians, past and present, with an illustration to accompany each song. Julie has kindly written a piece exclusively for LOUD WOMEN explaining her work on the project.
I don’t know where I’d be without the musical women who have influenced me. I started Female Fronted, Drawn Together as a project that combines music and illustration in a way that celebrates this; that allows me to share their music and give a little back to say thank you.
There wasn’t really a plan at first in terms of what I would base each drawing on. But I think that’s led to a really organic and personal process of pin-pointing where my feelings lie, because each artist has affected my life in a totally different way. Some of these women I admire for their message or for their musical creativity. Some of them have given me unforgettable live experiences. And some of them I associate with significant memories, whether happy or sad – the right place at the right time.
I don’t think believe that anyone hears the same piece of music in the same way. Each connection that an artist makes with a listener is unique and complex. On top of this, female fronted music is so often lumped together as a single genre in a way that doesn’t acknowledge the diverse voices and talent and ideas that each woman brings to the table. I feel like in many ways, girls grow up to feel competitive to one another, but there’s been an amazing and positive backlash against this in music lately. I’m seeing so many girlbands looking out for each other and starting up amazing collectives together. I wanted Female Fronted Drawn Together to be a little contribution to this movement, and a space through which I could thank each of these women and just share a little love.
Find Julie on Instagram
LOUD WOMEN loves Dream Nails big time. Our first ever event was their first ever gig too, and since then they’ve amassed a huge fanbase all over the UK, toured Europe, and played heaps of festivals, including two years headlining the Sisterhood stage at Glastonbury. They’re set for stardom, we just know it … and you can help them along the way! Here’s some news just in from the Nails HQ:
We’re recording our second EP! You’ve all been asking us to record some of our best-known songs from shows, and we’re finally doing it! It’s called ‘Dare to Care’ and it’s the rowdiest, most empowering self-care soundtrack ever.
For all you dreamy fans who have supported us so far and believe in what we’re creating – this is your opportunity to get involved in our most exciting adventure yet!
If you pledge to support our campaign, you get exclusive access to everything FIRST. You’ll be the first to receive a download of the EP when it’s released, as well as zines, t-shirts and even home-made face masks! We told you it was about self care!
We also have merch that’s exclusive to the launch, like signed CDs, handwritten lyrics sheets and ‘Dare to Care’ bundles.
In the weeks building up to the launch, you’ll get exclusive behind the scenes footage and you’ll be the first to hear all our exciting news. You can also even get a music lesson from Anya or Lucy!!
Thank you for believing in us, LET’S NAIL THIS!!!
LOUD WOMEN – Volume One will be released on CD on 18 March 2017, featuring tracks by 21 of the UK’s most hotly-tipped female artists:
All artists have played at the LOUD WOMEN monthly live music nights or the annual festival.
Organiser and musician Cassie Fox says: “It’s 2017 and women are still struggling to get their voices heard in all arenas. LOUD WOMEN is about putting women centre-stage and turning up the volume. There are hoardes of massively talented female artists out there, hopefully this CD can bring a few of them to a wider audience.”
The album will be officially launched on 18 March with a special all-day gig at the Sound Lounge in Tooting, featuring live performances from 12 of the artists on the CD.
We received nearly 300 applications from awesome grrrl bands and singing wimmin to play our Fest, so it was a gut-wrenching task to sift down to this final list … we’ve had to say no (this time, at least) to some amazing acts, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the final list the panel of Team LOUD WOMEN arrived at is the perfect mix of exciting, talented, new, beloved, varied, amaaaazing and above all LOUD WOMEN!
On the main stage: On the bar stage:
Saturday 8th April, on the 40th anniversary of the 1977 release of The Clash‘s debut album, Philosophy Football are holding a night to remember all the anger for change The Clash helped ignite back in ’77, together with a celebration of the Clash’s culture of resistance which continues, alive and kicking, today.
And it’s the latter part of that celebration that LOUD WOMEN is most excited about, of course! our own Ngaire Ruth will be joining a panel discussion, alongside The Clash‘s former manager, Caroline Coon, and there will be music from Dream Nails and Nia Wyn, and poetry from Janine Booth and Emily Harrison.
Tickets will sell out, so grab them quick from Philosophy Football.
Out on 18 March 2017 – a compilation album of 21 of the loudest women who’ve played our shows! All profits from the sale of the CD going to Women’s Aid.
21 track CD with zine
£10 (plus £1.50 p&p)
by Kris Smith, LOUD WOMEN’s Music Editor
The patriarchy has had his chance to run things, and he’s just made a complete dog’s breakfast of it, 2016 being case in fucking point. Time for revolution woman-style … and here’s how the LOUD WOMEN are planning on doing their bit.
Step 1: The LOUD WOMEN compilation album – out in March!
We’re putting together a CD featuring some of the amazing acts that have played LW nights so far, and we’re going to be selling it far and wide to help spread the word, and music. All profits from the CD will go to Women’s Aid. And I can now exclusively reveal that the artists contributing to the CD will be:
Argonaut | Bratakus | Bugeye | Deux Furieuses | Dolls | Dream Nails | Fightmilk | Fight Rosa Fight | Gladiators Are You Ready | Grace Petrie | GUTTFULL | Janine Booth | IDestroy | Lilith Ai | Little Fists | Nervous Twitch | The Empty Page | The Potentials | The Wimmins’ Institute
Step 2: Friends of LOUD WOMEN
Sharing is caring, so we’re teaming up with awesome friends to curate our regular London gigs, keeping the nights varied and bringing along new friends on the way. See the gigs list for details of gigs coming up with Parallel Magazine, Abigail’sParties and Who Run the World.
Step 3: LOUD WOMEN on tour
With London gigs rocking away nicely, it’s time to turn our attention elsewhere. We’re going to be holding gigs in major towns and cities around the UK throughout the Spring. Dates and locations coming soon … but if you would like to get involved and help put on a LOUD WOMEN show in your home town, drop us line at email@example.com