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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:

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The Baby Seals: Interview

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The Baby Seals stole our hearts when they played last year's LOUD WOMEN Fest, and they're coming back again this year to capture our very souls ...

The Baby Seals! Tell us a bit about the scene in Cambridge.
There’s a vibrant scene in Cambridge, underpinned by a few venues who make putting on your own gigs affordable.  We love playing at The Blue Moon, it hosts lots of DIY and more mainstream acts, from the Cambridge Indiepop All Dayer to acts like Mary Ocher and Abi Wade.  There’s also a great collection of local acts, such as Mammoth Penguins, Model Village, Pete Um, Moonstrips and Beverley Kills to name a few.

We are SO looking forward to welcoming you back to LW Fest!
We’ve had a really great year, and have hit many personal milestones.  What has become clear is our purpose, as we started the band as a bit of a laugh.  Now, we have been able to visualise what we want the future of the band to sound like and have been working on our next album.  We also want to use the platform to support those traditionally have struggled to have a voice.  Recently, we’ve teamed up with Bloody Good Period; we’re donating 10% of the CD sale price to them.  They’re an important organisation who supply menstruation products asylum seekers, refugees and to those who can’t afford them.

What can we look forward to from the ’Seals?
One of our goals from the beginning was that we wanted to tour Japan!  We’re one step closer this year; our Empowerpop Tour in October is starting in Canterbury, ending in Cologne, via Amsterdam.  Some of our new material has started to come together nicely and we’re really excited about it.  It’s really therapeutic to get together with ideas, anecdotes, riffs and develop these into fully-fledged seals songs!

Who are you looking forward to seeing play at Loud Women Fest?
PUSSYLIQUOR, they have such an enchanting name, it’s so deliciously provocative.  We’ve enjoyed listening to the Loud Women 3 Spotify playlist in the car.  Of course, ‘Touch Me Again’ from Petrol Girls is an absolute anthem, it makes your hair stand on end.  They’re always a pleasure to watch and Ren is a really inspiring front person.  The Menstrual Cramps and Dream Nails are must-sees, but we’re just really excited to be there and catching as much as we can!!!

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The LOUD WOMEN Fest 3 line-up revealed!

This year’s final line-up for LOUD WOMEN Fest has just been announced, and now includes worldclass artists She Makes War and Efa Supertramp! Here’s a taster of how it’s going to look …

This, the 3rd annual LOUD WOMEN Fest will showcase 21 punk and indie acts in 1 day, over 2 neighbouring stages – The Dome and the Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London. Last year’s festival massively sold out, so early ticket-buying is advised!

Here’s the final line-up:
Petrol Girls
She Makes War
Zand
The Franklys
Grace Savage
DREAM NAILS
You Want Fox
The Twistettes
PUSSYLIQUOR
Ms. Mohammed
Crumbs
Sister Ghost
The Menstrual Cramps
Wolf Girl
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GUTTFULL
The Baby Seals
Efa Supertramp
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Drunken Butterfly
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something

Plus DJs including Mammory Tapes AND cake stall from Ladies of the Lock – The WI group for Camden, Kentish Town…

This year, we’re taking over The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room. Using these two amazing, world-class neighbouring venues we can keep the music constant throughout the day, and make our Fest bigger and better than ever!

Expect:
* Delicious hot food and cakes.
* Stalls with zines and goodies.
* The best damn day/night out of the year.

Applications from stallholders and zine sellers, other kinds of performers that we haven’t even thought of yet, and any other enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/42…
£20 on the door £10 NUS / JSA / over 60s

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Petrol Girls, You Want Fox, Drunken Butterfly and more added to LOUD WOMEN Fest 3 line-up!

LOUD WOMEN Fest is back in 2018 – bigger and louder than ever! Building on the massive success of our last two Festivals, we’re expanding to two much larger venues: The Dome, Tufnell Park, and Boston Music Room

Line-up so far:

Petrol Girls
Zand
The Franklys
Grace Savage
DREAM NAILS
You Want Fox
The Twistettes
PUSSYLIQUOR
Ms. Mohammed
Crumbs
Sister Ghost
The Menstrual Cramps
Wolf Girl
SAM AMANT MUSIC PAGE
GUTTFULL
The Baby Seals
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Drunken Butterfly
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something


Plus DJs including Mammory Tapes and more bands TBA – watch this space!


Stalls, zines, food, AND cake stall from Ladies of the Lock – The WI group for Camden, Kentish Town & Tufnell Park


Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427259
£20 on the door
£10 NUS / JSA / over 60s


This year, we’re taking over The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room. Using these two amazing, world-class neighbouring venues we can keep the music constant throughout the day, and make our Fest bigger and better than ever!

Expect:
* Delicious hot food and cakes.

* Stalls with zines and goodies.

* The best damn day/night out of the year.

Applications from stallholders and zine sellers, other kinds of performers that we haven’t even thought of yet, and any other enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427259
£20 on the door
£10 NUS / JSA / over 60s

 

 

Line-up for the third LOUD WOMEN Fest announced!

Here’s the news we’ve been dying to tell you … we can finally announce the first of the acts confirmed to play this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest on 15 Sept at The Dome and Boston Music Room. Drumroll please!

ZAND
Outspoken non-binary alt popstar from Blackpool.

The Franklys
Swedish-British indie-rock. “In-your-face and awesome” – DIVA.

Grace Savage
4 x UK Beatbox Champion.

Jesus & his Judgemental Father
Queer punx from Leeds.

The Twistettes
Scottish sister duo: “DIY, punk, riot grrrl, real-deal indie with a touch of psychobilly”.

Pussyliquor
All girl punk band from Brighton. “Pure uncensored female rage.”

Crumbs
A post-punk pop party pack from Yorkshire.

Ms. Mohammed
“Powerful, Feminist, Brilliant, Goddess-like with raging guitars & tribal drums!” – BBC Asian Network
GET YOUR £15 TICKET NOW!

Sister Ghost
Noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop heart.

The Menstrual Cramps
The band that made Oi cry! Winners of the 2017 LOUD WOMEN Hercury Prize.

WOLF GIRL
Noisy pop four-piece based in South London who write about sexuality, gender and anxiety.

Sam Amant
Brilliant, bold, controversial, French one-woman hurricane.

The Baby Seals
Our favourite empowerpop trio from Cambridge.

Art Trip & the Static Sound
Stunning London powerpunx led by the famazing Melodie Holliday.

Jemma Freeman & the Cosmic Something
Expect high energy performances and compositions of cosmic content.

PLUS DJs including MAMMORY TAPES and more bands TBA!

Keep an eye on your inbox for a full ezine coming soon, with news of a whole heap of new regular gigs at the Hope & Anchor. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch drop us a line on loudwomenclub@gmail.com, like our FB page or join our FB group.

The Baby Seals and Beverley Kills launch split flexi disc

a4053429145_16The Baby Seals and Beverley Kills – the two best things ever to come out of Cambridge, fact – have teamed up with independent label R*E*P*E*A*T to launch a beautifully split single, ‘Venus Envy’. And it’s available on sexy orange flexi disc for those of us who love the cool touch of floppy vinyl, and download for the millennials who don’t know they’re born.

You Flexi Thing Vol 3 –  from repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com; also available from usual digital platforms.

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Both bands blew our socks off at this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest, and we hope to see much more of both of them.

The split feature’s the Seals’ ‘Vibrator’ – a feel-reeeeally-good anthem for unashamed wand-owners everywhere – and the Kills’ ‘Intimidation’ – a supercatchy pop punk banger about bullies getting their comeuppance. Both themes very close to LOUD WOMEN’s hearts!

Songwriter Kerry says of ‘Vibrator’,

‘Growing up, masturbation was always seen as such a shameful negative thing. Why? Having a tommy tank is good for you – clinically proven. Fact. End Of. Physically, mentally, emotionally – it ticks all the boxes. Why is this not celebrated?’

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Of ‘Intimidation’, guitarist Kate says,

“The song is about witnessing the behaviour of someone who constantly tries to intimidate those close to them and those that live around them. It’s a true story about that, and seeing them get their comeuppance.”

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Launch gig – Saturday October 21st, Blue Moon, Norfolk Street, Cambridge with sets from both bands and special guests.

Baby Seals Gigs – Vibrator Tour

review: The Baby Seals EP

by Cassie Fox – reviewed on Louderthanwar.com

The Baby Seals – The Baby Seals (EP, April 2017)You can’t help but love The Baby Seals. An all woman trio – consisting of two sisters and their bezzie – playing a genre they’ve invented themselves, ‘empower pop’.

The first time they played LOUD WOMEN Club, back in December 2016, several members of the audience were debating forming a record label right there on the spot in order to sign them. Now it seems that these smart Seals have gone and done exactly that for themselves, releasing their eponymous debut EP under their own steam. The spirit is DIY punk, but the sound is neatly polished.

The songs are strong and dancey and perfectly executed, and the biting lyrics genuinely hilarious. But these funny women are not laughing at themselves: they’re inviting us to join them in laughing at the ridiculous policing of women’s bodies.

Opener ‘My Labia’s Lopsided, But I Don’t Mind’ spells out their agenda in mile high neon lights: bollocks to the patriarchy, and we’re going to have an awesome time while we’re at it. It’s a storming song and catchy as hell – big guitar licks over a dead funky rhythm, and proper choral vocal harmonies – and that’s before you even get to the lyrics:

  • “If you go downtown don’t you dare close your eyes
    If you go downtown don’t dare be motherfucking surprised
    My la-la-la-la-la-la-la-labia’s lopsided but I don’t mind…”

It’s a crying shame that this song is unlikely to ever get played on mainstream radio – teenagers and young women need this message of sex-positive body confidence now more than ever.

And that message of loving your own body, in all its weird and wonderful variations, continues in ‘Nipple Hair’ – a song which sounds very much like early Bangles, but with less hairspray and a lot less hair removal. It’s a classic power pop ballad, with a middle eight I wish I’d written: “Some aeriole are big and veiny / Some look like puppy dog’s noses / Some look like they’ve been dipped in gravy”

‘Period Drama’ has a similarly ’80s-soft rock feel – more reverb-y harmonies over big guitar. A song that will strike a chord with any uterus-owner who’s ever been caught out by Aunt Flo’s arrival and had to improvise with a jumper tied round your waist to hide the stains. (Yep, that’s pretty much all of us then.)

‘Guuurrrrl’ is another super-catchy anthem with the simple message: “You – yeah you! – can be what you want to”. It’s the kind of song to outro an indie highschool romcom movie, with the cheerleaders chucking their pompoms out the window of the car as they drive off towards Vegas with a trunk full of guns and quarterbacks. Oh how I’d love to see that movie.

The Baby Seals played LOUD WOMEN Club on International Women’s Day, and I had such fun dancing to ‘Yawn Porn’, down the front with loads of great babes around me yelling along to “He’s going to cum on her FACE!” It was like the best woke hen party ever. They closed the set with EP closer, ‘It’s Not About The Money Honey’, a bluesy bass-rolling chant calling for equal pay.

These talented women aren’t so much smashing the patriarchy as laughing in its face. I can’t wait to see what The Baby Seals come up with next.

The Baby Seals’ self-titled EP is available to pre-order now from https://thebabyseals.bandcamp.com/releases 

Catch them live at one of their release party gigs: 4 April at The Prince Albert Brighton, and 5 April  at Shacklewell Arms London.

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