Downtown Boys: Cost of Living – album review


Downtown Boys

Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (Sub Pop)
LP | CD | DL
Out now

Bilingual sax punks Downtown Boys tell us they’re here to “topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history”. Listening to their provocatively boisterous new album, Cost of Living, Cassie Fox wants to roll up her sleeves and give them a hand pushing.

The targets in Downtown Boys’ crosshairs are clear: “racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts”. The tracks on Cost of Living use commanding sloganeering, driving grooves, and catchy sax riffs to cook up one of the most apposite records of the present-day.

This is the third album from the Providence, RI band, and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed Full Communism from 2015. Released on Sub Pop, but with production by Fugazi/Rites of Spring’s Guy Picciotto, lending a Dischord sound – a touch of the Nation of Ullysses about it.

The effervescent opener, ‘A Wall’, has lyrics drawn from Assata Shakur’s poem “I believe in living“, and Sonic Youth style delivery. The song calls out Trump with a joyful resistance.

‘Promissory Note’ is an unapologetic bird-flip to the band’s censurers: “So what’s the matter, you don’t like what you see? / I can’t believe you’re even talking to me!”

‘Somos Chulas’ (‘We are cool’) is one of three songs on the album sung primarily in Spanish and it’s a banger.

‘Lips That Bite’ is my favourite track on the album, largely due to the rollicking sax instrumental, over some unexpected synth.

Downtown Boys are best served live. Victoria Ruiz is mesmerising in her performance, and the band’s energetic shows are joyful, entertaining and inspirational. True story: when they played in London in 2015, three friends in the audience were so inspired that they formed their own sax punk band on the spot – and my band GUTTFULL was born.

Downtown Boys are currently touring Europe with several UK dates coming up: catch them if you can.

11/10: Brighton, UK @ The Haunt

12/10: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

13/10: Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s

14/10: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

16/10: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club

17/10: Liverpool, UK @ The Shipping Forecast

18/10: London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park

19/10: Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club

20/10: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

21/10: Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival

22/10: Birmingham, UK @ All Years Leaving Festival


Find Downtown Boys on Facebook and Bandcamp


Review by Cassie Fox. More writing by Cassie on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She tweets as @cassieefox and @loudwomenclub 

LIINES – interview



LIINES are your new favourite post-punk trio from Manchester. We first tipped them back at the end of 2015 and with three storming singles released so far on Reckless Yes, plus a debut album on the stove, all eyes are on this sharply-focussed band to see what’s next.

Louder Than War’s Cassie Fox caught up with Zoe McVeigh (Vocals/Guitar) and Leila O’Sullivan (Drums) ahead of their main stage slot at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 2 Sept.

Louder Than War: I love finding out how bands get things done off-stage. How does LIINES work?

Zoe: I write the songs, or at least the shell of the songs. Come up with hooks and melodies, and take them to rehearsal, with a structure – or that’s something we work on together. I love watching new songs unfold. It’s so exciting when you feel you’re onto something special and you can’t wait to play it live! I write all the lyrics too. There’s no way I could put so much into someone else’s words.

Leila: It’s an exciting day when Zoe comes to rehearsal with something new to try out, especially as I know she’s strict with what she brings to us, so whatever she does bring is always going to have something worth trying out. I’m really excited by some of the later tracks we recorded for the album. It’s taken us in a slightly newer direction and so I can’t wait to start working on some new tracks for playing live later in the year.

And aside from being the one who has to lug the most gear around… I take on a lot of the admin-y stuff – gigs, travel arrangements as well as our website and social media stuff. Maybe the less glamorous side of being in a band, but there’s definitely a lot to do and it keeps me busy!

LTW: Who were your musical inspirations growing up? And what current artists are inspiring you right now?

Zoe: I was very much into stuff my dad played me. I grew up listening to really exciting music such as Siouxsie, Bowie, Iggy, Lou Reed, Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus. Lots of men in make up, lots of expression, lots of rule breaking and history making. I absolutely loved it. Some of the artists I’m loving at the moment are Bully, Daughter and Nelson Can. Also, earlier this year, we got a bit sick of turning up to ‘alternative’ bars and clubs and only hearing male artists – sometimes there was the odd female/band played, but rarely anything current or daring. So we started a Spotify playlist of music written and performed by female artists we love. It’s not that we don’t like, or aren’t influenced by male artists. It was just in response to these experiences, and we’re quite pleased with how it’s taken shape. We’ll be definitely adding some of the LOUD WOMEN Fest artists in the coming weeks!

Leila: I was into grunge/rock and britpop when I was younger, the likes of Nirvana, Hole, (early) Foo Fighters, Elastica, Pixies etc, and was going to gigs and festivals as soon as I could. I still love seeing bands live – though don’t get to as many gigs as I’d like – but we’ve been lucky to play with some ace bands recently including Pet Crow, Heavy Heart and Cherry Hex and the Dream Church. All three are very different but we really loved their sets and what they’ve released so far, so encourage people to check them out! More established artists that I’ve loved seeing live in the last six months that have been really exciting shows include Peaches, The xx and even Arcade Fire last month in Manchester. These are artists and bands who have been around a long time and come back to do live shows that have blown me way, many albums in – what an amazing place to be!

LTW: What are your goals as a band?

Leila: Our main goal over the last few years has been to get our album finished and OUT – and after a REALLY long time we’re very nearly ready! We’ve kind of been holding back a bit this year until the album was done, so we’ll be wanting to get out and about as much as well can off the back of the album release later this year and beyond. We’ve had some incredible experiences playing gigs and festivals across the UK. So I think a big goal for us is to open up new opportunities off the back of our album release, and see where it takes us!

One goal we’d had for a while was to get some support or mentoring in some way as it sometimes can feel quite difficult to know the right things to do (or not do) as a band. We were really fortunate that Reckless Yes (in the form of Sarah Lay and Pete Darrington) approached us early last year. They’ve been a really important part of our development over the last 12-18 months, two really experienced, passionate people who have our backs, and who we’re lucky enough have been willing to put our first 7” – and soon our debut album! We love the other bands they’ve been working with through Reckless Yes too, so we knew we were onto a good thing!

Zoe: We’re really lucky to have experienced travelling around and playing in Europe quite a bit, which have been some of our best times (in life!) ever, so we’d love to get back there to tour our new album!

LTW: We’re excited to hear that your debut album is coming soon – tell us more! 

Leila: As I said, our album has been a LONG time coming but we’re really glad we’ve taken the time to do it right – we’re so proud of where we’ve ended up with it. Like most bands, we’ve had to self-fund recording the album. This has taken a few years to be in the right place money-wise, as well as song-wise. Then getting everything in place to work on the tracks and record them has taken time around work and other commitments. So it’s been a slow process, but we finally got there.

Zoe: When we signed to Reckless Yes one of the first things they recommended was to work with producer Paul Tipler. He’s got such a big track record of working with bands we love – and love the sounds of – so we were bought in immediately. It’s been a completely new process working with Paul. Whilst some of the songs have been more straightforward recording-wise, we’ve loved the development of recording others, trying some new techniques or making the tracks a bit different to how we’d play them live. I think we, and Paul, are really pleased with how it’s turned out, so we’re really excited for people to hear it.

Leila: We’ve not quite got a release date yet, but we’ll be announcing one in the not too distant future, as well as some gigs! We’ll be announcing news of our album first to our mailing list, so sign-up!

LTW: You’ve had a brilliant run so far I’d say! What advice would you offer bands starting out? 

Zoe: We’ve done ok! Obviously it’s always nerve-wracking when you’re releasing new music but we’ve been really pleased with the response so far… and now we’re nervous to see what people think about the album! In terms of advice, I would say go out any play as many gigs as you can. It’s the best way to really develop your songs and own style, as well as making friends and contacts along the way. Another thing is it’s important to be true to yourself. Write for yourself. I think it’s much better to watch an honest performance than watch someone acting on stage. I get so much more out of real emotions, when a performer has conviction.

Leila: Releasing music is obviously a big part of getting your music out there. LIINES had been around a while before we released anything – until then we only had an EP we were selling at gigs. We had a band meeting in a pub (the best meetings!) and it was one of the first times we’d taken a step back and made a plan – to release our first single, Never There. We set a release date, worked backwards to mark a few key dates and got going. We googled everything – from how to write a press release to what should be in a press kit, and trawled Facebook/Twitter and everywhere for good press contacts. And we contacted a lot of people who we knew or who had said nice things about us in the past. It was very hit and miss, but we also were really lucky with some of the support we got, and it worked better than we could have imagined – getting coverage on some big websites, like Louder Than War, and even national airplay on Radio X. It really put us in a strong place going forwards to build on for future releases and opening up other opportunities. So sometimes it’s good to take a step back and make a plan! Might not be the most inspiring advice, but we’ve found it a really important step.

LTW: I’m delighted that you’ll be joining us this year at LOUD WOMEN Fest! Do you often play with other female musicians? What are you expecting/looking forward to at the Fest? 

Leila: To be honest it varies a lot bill to bill whether we play with other female musicians. I don’t like to say it’s a pleasant surprise when we do, but often it is. We’ve played a few festivals that are focused around female artists – Ladyfests in Manchester and elsewhere, and now LOUD WOMEN Fest, and although they shouldn’t still be necessary, they clearly still are and they have been some of the most amazing atmospheres we’ve played in.

Zoe: The line-up looks so strong. I’m expecting to be completely blown way, to be honest. By the quality and energy of the music in the room, and by the people coming down to watch and dance. It sounds like LOUD WOMEN has got something really special going on, so we can’t wait to finally be a part of it. It looks mega!

Leila: We’ve heard amazing things about DIY Space for London too. Spaces like this are so important. We just played the opening of Partisan Collective in Manchester, another co-op space, and it was such a great night – actually one of our favourite gigs in a while. So we’re expecting a similar, electric atmosphere! It’s exciting to be playing so close to home for me – randomly doors down from where LIINES recorded our album, but also where I went to primary school and grew up!

We’ve been listening to the LOUD WOMEN playlist, and so far we are loving The Twistettes, Sink Ya Teeth, Dream Nails and GUTTFULL! See you in a few weeks!


Interview by Cassie Fox. More writing by Cassie on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She tweets as @cassieefox or @loudwomenclub 

Skinny Girl Diet – interview


Skinny Girl Diet

Last weekend I met up with Ursula and Delilah Holliday, the sisters better known as Skinny Girl Diet, as they prepared to take to the stage for their headline set at Decolonise Fest, at Bermonsey’s supercool DIY Space for London.

I’ve loved the band from afar for a while, a love compounded in March when I watched them rock the fuck out of the Shepherd’s Bush Empire supportingSenseless Things. Having, since then, lost their bassist cousin Amelia Cutler from their line-up, the band as a close-knit duo are delivering a more biting sound, the lyrics are more poignantly-heard, and with Delilah working harder than ever on guitar her licks are engulfing, effortless, bluesy, and very punk rock.

I wondered if I’d be nervous meeting these awesome Wunderkinder in the flesh, but found them warm, unassuming and totally charming – sitting cross-legged on the floor eating pre-performance vegan food, the sisters bundle up laughing together and, adorably, finish each other’s sentences. Their parents, Melodie and Dan Holliday, are never far away from them, and emit the same warm, positive vibes that are just on the right side of the dividing line between punk and hippie. I think I want to be adopted by the Hollidays.

The band has crammed a staggering amount into the years they’ve been going. Their first gig (with Ursula aged 12, Delilah aged 15) was opening for Viv Albertine. Since then Skinny Girl Diet have established themselves Queens of the DIY scene. Their distortion-heavy grungey punk rock, with lyrics of feminist social commentary, draws easy parallels with the ’90s’ Hole and Bikini Kill, but the band have always been keen to point out that their music shares only some of the aspects of the Riot Grrrl movement; Skinny Girl Diet’s work is all about inclusion, and using the platforms that are open to them to amplify the other, marginalised voices around them. Their debut album Heavy Flow came out September 2016, and I’ve a feeling it will be the first of very many … these focussed young women have all the skills.

Get to see these two live as soon as you can. For example … at their headline LOUD WOMEN show at the Lexington on 20 July.


LTW: Tell us about Decolonise Fest

Ursula: Decolonise Festival is all about highlighting the fact that punk is mainly white male dominated, and it’s a space for people of all backgrounds and lifestyles to just come together and feel proud of the fact that punk can be, just whatever you want to make it.

Delilah: It’s such a good thing that it exists! We’ve played Afropunk …

Ursula: But I think this is better.

Delilah: Um … It’s different. I feel like it’s more ‘to punks’. But Afropunk’s a bit different. We were playing Alexander Palace – the main stage – so I felt more disconnected from the atmosphere. But the atmosphere here is really …

Ursula: … it’s DIY!

Delilah: Yeah, and you can just suck in more!

Ursula: Yeah. Suck it up!

What does the DIY scene mean to you?

Ursula: It’s the place that feels like home. We were taken in by so many people – taken under their wing. We used to play Power Lunches, when it still existed. I think it’s closed now maybe?

Delilah: Yeah

Ursula: Places like that really embraced us, so it’s definitely the root of everything we do, very DIY. Even now, we fund everything we do.

Delilah: … getting published ourselves, and distributed …

Ursula: yeah, all of that stuff! But it does make it more worthwhile because you’ve got complete control – that’s one thing. But it’s also a pain in the arse financially. Because we basically go to gigs, play, and put that money into what we do. Everything we earn is just circulating, so we don’t really make money. But, hey, it’s fun!

Delilah: The more we do it the more we realise that we don’t really want to be commercial, and our goals and aspirations lie more in helping people, rather than, like, being famous.

Do you see music as your future?

Ursula: Yeah, it’s the only thing that really speaks to us, and that we’re good at.

Delilah: It’s the most fulfilling thing. We just want to help people, and make them feel like they’re understood. And that’s the goal really.

Ursula: YEAH!

What’s your advice for young, female musicians?

Delilah: Have a really thick skin, and don’t give up if you get a bad review, or if the crowd don’t understand you. The more you do it, the more people will understand it, eventually, and the more other young women what you want to inspire, will respond back to you. So it’s all worthwhile when that happens.

Have you faced any negativity?

Delilah: We a really horrible review from a female writer at The Guardian who said that we were just fashion babes …

Ursula: Yeah, she started putting what we were wearing under scrutiny.

Delilah: It’s just really upsetting because, obviously not all women have to be friends, but it is nice when other women support young people making music.

Your Dad is your Manager!

Ursula: Our Dad does pretty much all of our posters and manages us. A really good manager – Dan Holliday – who we owe our lives to, and everything else! *laughs*

Delilah: He started managing us because I had my GCSES at the time, and I was like ‘Dad, I can’t do these emails!’, and then ever since then it’s like … no offence to Dad … he’s learning as well, and we all learn together, and he keeps everything glued together. It’s really nice.

And your Mum is a DIY punk too …

Ursula: She’s the biggest supporter of our band. She always comes to the front row and dances and sings along, so that’s really nice.

Ursula: We don’t really have the whole thing of ‘rebelling against our parents’ because they’re just completely supportive.

Delilah: Sometimes I get a bit insecure and I wish I could rebel in some sort of way …

Ursula: Yeah, find something, anything!

When’s the second album coming out?

Delilah: The whole second album’s finished it’s just, cos we do everything ourselves, it’s really hard to get everything mixed, and make videos … so it takes a while and it’s frustrating, but we just try and move at our own pace and hope people understand!

Skinny Girl Diet’s next LONDON gig is LOUD WOMEN …

Ursula: We can’t wait to play! The 20 July, The Lexington! Skinny Girl Diet – woah!

Delilah: LOUD WOMEN rule!

Ursula: Loud women are the best kind of women!

Delilah: Oh yeah!


Find Skinny Girl Diet on Facebook and Twitter

All words by Cassie Fox. More writing on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive.

The Baby Seals: The Baby Seals – EP review


The Baby SealsThe Baby Seals – The Baby Seals
7 April 2017

The self-titled debut from The Baby Seals is full on female empower pop. Cassie Fox reviews for Louder Than War. 

You can’t help but love The Baby Seals. An all woman trio – consisting 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 again last week, 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
Catch them live at one of their release party gigs: 4 April Brighton Prince Albert , 5 April Shacklewell Arms London.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

All words by Cassie Fox. You can read more from Cassie in her author profile on LTW here. 



Published on June 2016

Resist Psychic Death, Women-led music nights, women in music, live music LondonWomen-led music nights are springing up fast and loud all over London – and beyond. Celebrate talent, champion women and have a great time – grab your mates and get yourself along to one of these nights showcasing some of the best of women in music.


Where? Hope & Anchor, 207 Upper Street, N1 1RL; The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB; Veg Bar, 45 Tulse Hill, Brixton

When? Multiple dates at multiple venues

Sound Punk, pop and riot grrrl

Loud women, Women-led music nights, live music London, women in music

Photo by Keira Anee

LOUD WOMEN gigs were launched in October 2015 by Cassie Fox of The Wimmins’ Institute, as a not-for-profit DIY collective dedicated to putting talented women on stages who might otherwise have struggled to get heard, and having plenty of fun while they’re at it. In that time, they’ve showcased 42 women-led acts (including The Ethical Debating Society, above) via 17 shows, and raised nearly £1,000 for Women’s Aid. Shows are mostly in London, but not exclusively so: recent dates included events in Newport and Brighton. In February, the LOUD WOMEN eZine was launched to over 1,000 subscribers, featuring news, interviews, videos and music reviews. All-ages matinee gigs are also proving popular with parents. A festival featuring 25 acts is planned for September: the line-up so far includes VodunDesperate JournalistDream NailsLouise Distras and Grace Petrie.

Tegan Christmas, of The Ethical Debating Society, says LOUD WOMEN shows are the “best shows in London for grrrl fronted guitar action! Inclusive, friendly and inspiring.”

Bob Oram wrote in The Morning Star that “Loud Women will undoubtedly be the beacon for all the best new female talent in 2016”.


Twitter @loudwomenclub

Instagram @loudwomen



Where? Apples and Pears Bar, 26 Osborn Street, E1 6TD and Muse, 23 Frith Street, W1 4RR

When? Monthly shows at multiple venues

Sound All sorts! Acoustic, rock, pop, soul, blues, metal, riot grrrl, punk.

Who Run the World, Women-led music nights, live music London

Musician Beth White (above) launched Who Run the World (WRTW) in August 2015, and since then she’s hosted around 25 gigs, with 10 in the pipeline at the time of writing. She’s a woman on a mission: “To help improve visibility of women in music in London’s grass roots scene”. Past gigs have seen the likes of ARXXBerriesSalwa Azar and Nova Twins. As well as the regular LGBTQ night at Muse, and acoustic night at Apples and Pears, WRTW will be helping bands with their Summer tours, and teaming up with LOUD WOMEN for a sisterly contribution to the We Shall Overcome events in October.


Twitter @wrtwuk

Instagram @wrtwuk



Where? The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road, N6 5AT

When? Second Monday of each month

Sound Singer-songwriters

This well-established and popular acoustic night for LBQT women performers has been going for six years, run by musicians MIRI (@miriofficialuk) and Rosered (@lydiathepixie). Everyone is welcome, and the night is straight-friendly. Past performers include Nia WynMinnie BirchXylaroo and Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band. Watch out for their ‘Girls to the Front’ night at the Green Note on 16 October.


Twitter @bluemondayldn



Where? Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ

When? Quarterly

Sound Riot grrrl, feminist punk, female-led rock and pop

Genesisters, #genesisters, Women-led music nights, live music London

This feminist art night has been running since September 2015 at the Genesis cinema, each time screening a feminist music film, hosting all-female or female-fronted bands, and also including feminist zine or merch stalls. Past performers have included Dream WifeFightmilkFresh, and Majorettes. On Thursday 30 June, they’re screening Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, the tale of the feminist anti-establishment punk band in Russia, with a special introduction from the documentary’s co-director, Mike Lerner. The fourth #genesisters night is on Saturday 20 August with The Wimmins’ Institute, and further ahead they’re also planning a whole weekend festival of films, bands, zines and workshops from 21 to 23 October.



Where? The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP

When? Last Saturday of every month

Sound R’n’B, hip-hop and pop DJs from the Nineties to present day

Girl Power, Women-led music nights, live music London

A glittery, fun party night with all-female DJ line-ups playing mostly women artists. A range of amateur and professional DJs, including Zoe LondonFabienne and
 GCDJ. Look out for future DJ sets from Rosie Lowe, and film screenings.

The night has been going since April. Organiser Jenny Cotter says, “We are not aiming to be exclusive or anti-guy. We just want the girls to be running the fun and the music, and to create a space for the feminine and girly to be celebrated by everyone.”


Twitter/Instagram @girlpowerldn


Where The Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU

When Two or three events per year

Sound Rock n’ roll, afrobeat, pop, soca, and all in between!

Clit Rock, Women-led music nights, live music London

Clit Rock has been going since 2011, with the twin aims of addressing the gender imbalance in the live music scene, and raising awareness and funding for the anti-FGM campaign. Past acts include Deux Furieuses, Blindness, Madame So and Feral Five. Clit Rock 9 returns this Autumn, and there are plans to curate a Clit Rock stage at a major festival next Summer.


Twitter @clit_Rock



Where? DIY Space for London

When? Irregular

Sound Riot grrrl/punk

Skinny Girl Diet, Resist Psychic Death, Women-led music nights, live music London

Run by Karis, this DIY night has only put on a few shows so far, but with line-ups including riot grrrl royalty such as ShoppingThe Ethical Debating Society and Skinny Girl Diet (pictured above performing at Resist Psychic Death in January), they are sure to be ones to watch for the future. RPD gigs are benefit shows, which have raised money some amazing causes and groups, including Focus E15 Mothers, the Women’s Project at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant NetworkSolace Women’s Aidthe Good Night Out campaign and DIY Space for London.



Where? Ziferblat, 388 Old Street, EC1V 9LT

When? Irregular

Sound Solo and duo singer-songwriters, poetry and spoken word performances

A new event showcasing female and LGBTQ+ musicians and spoken word artists. All genders and sexualities welcome. Performers have included Daniel Versus the WorldRiver Harper and Baby Arms (the solo project of Jennifer Doveton from Colour Me Wednesday). The next show is 29th July with Cath Elms.


(And then we couldn’t miss out these two down in Brighton, which is London-on-Sea, yeah?)


Where? Artista Studio, 18 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD

When? First Friday of every month

Sound A mixed bag. Expect loop artists, punk bands, singer-songwriters, rap/beatbox, folk, blues, jazz and rock.

The event was launched by French musician Cess (of the band Greenness) in March 2016 for International Women’s day as ‘FemFest’, which then became a monthly event. The aim is “Showcasing and promoting female musicians in a fun and inclusive atmosphere”. Past performers include Brighton locals Yazmyn HendrixLaura and the BassDirty Scavenger and Chuck SJ Hay, but word is spreading up the M23 and London-based acts are starting to play too.



Where? The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA

When? Three mini-festivals a year

Sound Punk, electronica, Femme-C, hip-hop, tekno, riot grrrl, soul

New to Brighton, this latest addition to women-led music nights has been running for six years in Dublin. Past events featured Punkture Sluts, Ophelia MC and My Bad Sister.


Twitter @fallopiantunes

List compiled by Cassie Fox

Photos: Tegan from The Ethical Debating Society @ LOUD WOMEN, Veg Bar, 30/10/15: copyright Keira Anee, 2015 | Girl Power London