The fifth edition of LOUD WOMEN Fest, rescheduled from its original date in September 2020, will now take place 18 September 2021 at 229 London. The perfect antidote to male-heavy festival line-ups, the event will feature some 20 artists over two stages and the volume will be turned up higher than ever this year with a boost from an Arts Council project grant. As founder Cassie Fox says “The aim of the festival is to show how many incredible female-powered bands are out there – as a counter to every other festival, those that seem to struggle even to book 50% female acts.”
The slightly shuffled final line-up consists of a plethora of UK and Ireland based talent including Bang Bang Romeo – Doncaster rockers previously seen supporting Pink in stadiums around Europe, ARXX – the garage rock duo named in the NME Top 100 Essential New Artists for 2020 and ĠENN – Brighton-based genre-blenders who played The Great Escape’s online edition earlier this year. Advanced tickets for LOUD WOMEN Fest are available for £18.
Bang Bang Romeo
The Empty Page
Hagar the Womb
Previous incarnations of the Fest, which started in 2015, have showcased the most exciting newcomers on the DIY, punk and indie scene, such as Vodun, Grace Petrie, Desperate Journalist, Hands Off Gretel, Petrol Girls, Pleasure Venom & The Menstrual Cramps. Building quite a following over the years, LOUD WOMEN received over 500 applications from all over the world from artists wanting to play the forthcoming Fest. In its five years to date, LOUD WOMEN as an organisation has grown through word-of-mouth to become a thriving global community, with new chapters springing up in the US, Canada, Australia and Ireland, and an influential new music blog. In London alone, LOUD WOMEN has hosted over 100 gigs, showcasing over 300 artists. In May 2021, LOUD WOMEN released a collaborative single for Women’s Aid, ‘Reclaim These Streets’, featuring 64 artists including Siobhan Fahey, Brix Smith and Patsy Stevenson. The song reached number 3 in the iTunes alternative music chart and received radio support from John Kennedy on Radio X, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, and BBC Introducing shows the length and breadth of the UK.