We are proud to announce 12 more womxn-led bands on the LOUD WOMEN Fest 2021 line-up. Our message to all other festivals who insist on booking unequal lineups: your future headliners are right here!
The new additions to the LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 line-up are:
Hagar the Womb
The Empty Page
BANG BANG ROMEO are set to headline the event, having played a 24 date stadium tour with Pink across the UK & Europe in 2019, as well as selling out their own UK headliners last year. They also collaborated with DJ/Producer Example on their single ‘Love Yourself’. The band’s debut album is out now and reached number 4 in the iTunes chart.
LOUD WOMEN’s Cassie Fox caught up with BBR’s awesome frontwoman Stars (Anastasia Walker) on Zoom – here’s a transcript of the video if you’d rather read!
Stars: It’s actually called ‘LOUD WOMEN Fest’? That’s the best festival name I’ve ever heard in my life. And I’m buzzing! I’m buzzing for it! There just isn’t enough females on festival line-ups. There isn’t enough variation. And whether that’s down to not enough women being seen or inspired, either way there needs to be more of it, and it’s a pleasure to be part of something that is going towards the cause of getting women playing guitars and getting seen on stages. It’s like a massive inspiration hotpot. The amount of women I’ve spoken to who might be an amazing bedroom bass player or something like that, but have never gone on to play in a band. A lot of the reason is because, well, you don’t really go anywhere do you? You don’t really get on any line-ups. And I think this is another brilliant way of inspiring – oh no, actually you can! But we’ve got to fight together to get on those line-ups and to get seen. You want to be able to see yourself, in the future, being able to do that. And if there’s not enough representation on current, everyday line-ups, then how are we supposed to inspire the next generation of women to pick up drum sticks, microphones, write songs, etcetera.
Cassie: I think we’ve got a great opportunity now, with lockdown as well this year. Like, nothing happening. It’s almost like the slate’s been completed wiped clean. Maybe all the festivals could look at their line-ups next year and think ‘OK, well maybe we won’t just book Oasis or whatever to play everything!
Stars: When it comes to massive acts, it’s like – they were free this year, but then they might not be available next year. That’s also a great reason for festivals, and event organisers and promotion companies to be like ‘right OK, let’s look at the up-and-coming female acts’. It’s like we’ve almost got a second chance here. Anyone of you guys listening, we’re inspired, and we’re hungry, and we’re ready … and this festival is going to prove that. So listen!
How excited are you about LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 on 14 September? However excited that is, prepare to times that by 110% and add an extra million to that too, as this Spotify playlist featuring bands playing the Fest is about to take over your ear holes and your very soul. Play it loud on repeat, and don’t forget to grab your tickets for the big event right here!
14 Sept 2019 at London’s Dome and Boston Music Room looks set to see the biggest (and best?) LOUD WOMEN Fest yet! Here’s the news we’ve been dying to tell you for months … our final* lineup, in no particular order …
*I mean, as final as anything is that could possibly have slight changes here and there in cases of sickness, injury, best friends throwing last-minute weddings, that sort of thing. But pretty damn final I’d say!
LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 is nearly 3 months away, so it’s time to announce the next wave of awesome bands booked to play! Stand by your internets on Friday lunchtime and we’ll reveal a further 8 acts that will be rocking our worlds come 14 Sept at The Dome, London.
Hard-rocking four piece Petrol Girls are some of the feminist rock scene’s biggest rising acts. They’ve spent the last year bringing their fierce hardcore style and lyrics of cathartic rage to new listeners across the continent on a plethora of tour dates, and all of this has given them the “patchwork of different sounds, ideas and feelings” that inspire their upcoming album Cut and Stitch.
As the title suggests, the album expands on their previous EPs and LPs to give a more angular and experimental style that does indeed sound like a quirky patchwork, but their fiery spirit has stayed very much the same. This is encapsulated in the intro, where a trippy and distorted background drone accompanies frontwoman Ren Aldridge’s ponderings on the music industry and even more existential concepts of creativity as a whole. It’s a clear signpost into a more experimental leaning for the record, which the rest of the interludes reflect. However, it still gives listeners a nice reminder of Petrol Girls’ sharp songwriting abilities and activist instincts, which leads us seamlessly into leadoff single ‘The Sound’. Drummer Zock Astpai’s transition expertly builds tension before dropping into the relentless single, where punky powerhouse riffs soundtrack Aldridge’s frank revelation of feeling unheard as a minority. As one of the bands’ biggest selling points has always been emotional honesty and intensity, this fits them perfectly. But as always, there’s no way for energy like this to go unheard; it demands to be taken seriously with any listener’s full attention.
In contrast with some of the songs on their previous album, Talk Of Violence, which seemed to capture the anger and bargaining stages of the grief and trauma process, a lot of this record’s songs are built on the idea that “sometimes being vulnerable is just as radical as being angry”, as Aldridge told us. This vulnerability is as unashamed as their anger is, from the insecurity turned pride in refusing to conform and assimilate that we see on ‘Monstrous’ to the struggle men face to express their emotions under expectations of toxic masculinity that are explored in ‘Talk In Tongues’. Both tracks prove the group’s commitment to activism in their music, not just through anger but through nuance. Their lyrics show a real struggle that’s matched by their stormy and tense playing, as well as by the pained screaming vocals; there’s a real passion to their entire sound with which the band implore listeners to join them in solidarity.
‘Cut & Stitch’ will be released on May 24th via Hassle Records, and will be available on 12” vinyl and CD. There are limited indie-exclusive and official store-exclusive vinyl colourways, plus a screenprinted sleeve version of the LP and a Rough Trade Edition written by Ren, both exclusive to Bandcamp.
PETROL GIRLS ON TOUR: MAY 02 – SBAM Fest, Wels AT 04 – Ladyfuzz Fest, Brighton UK 05 – Handmade Fest, Leicester UK 05 – 0161 Fest, Manchester UK 09 – The Great Escape Fest, Brighton UK 22 – Anti-Fest, Antwerp BE 23 – Anti-Fest, Amesfoort NL 27 – Rough Trade Instore, Nottingham 28 – Rough Trade Instore, Bristol 29 – Rough Trade Instore, London East 31 – New Cross Inn, London(w/ War on Women) JUN 01 – Hell Hath No Fury Fest, Manchester 03 – Autonomour Space, Glasgow(w/ War on Women) 04 – Red Rum, Stafford (w/ War on Women) 05 – The Cavern, Exeter (w/ War on Women) 07 – Magasin 4, Brussels BE (w/ War on Women) 09 – Booze Cruise, Hamburg DE 10 – Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover DE(w/ War on Women) 11 – Underdogs, Prague CR(w/ War on Women) 12 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE(w/ War on Women) 13 – AJZ Bahndamm, Wermelskirchen DE(w/ War on Women) 14 – Jugendhaus West, Stuttgart DE(w/ War on Women) 15 – Gibus Club, Paris FR (w/ War on Women) 16 – Le Farmer, Lyon FR (w/ War on Women) 18 – Dynamo Werk 21, Zurich CH(w/ War on Women) 19 – EKH, Vienna AT(w/ War on Women) 20 – Kapu, Linz AT(w/ War on Women) 21 – Glockenbachwerkstatt(w/ War on Women) 22 – Bollwerk 107, Moers(w/ War on Women) 28 – Trabendo – Paris, France (w/ La Dispute) 29 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany (w/ La Dispute) 30 – Gorilla – Manchester, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute) JUL 01 – Saint Luke’s – Glasgow, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute) 02 – Electric Brixton – London, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute) 05 – Astra – Berlin – Berlin, Germany (w/ La Dispute) 07 – Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany (w/ La Dispute) 08 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany (w/ La Dispute) 09 – Legend Club – Milan, Italy (w/ La Dispute) 11 – 2000Trees Festival, Cheltenham UK 13 – Kliko Fest, Haarlem, NL