The most exciting, innovative and inspiring new music right now is coming from female artists on the DIY scene. Here’s some top picks for women-led gigs around the UK in the next few weeks.

Se14grl - Guttfull, Gravey, More Peas, DJ Set w/ Fran Lobo

Thursday 26 October
SE14GRL at the Five Bells, New Cross, London
Lineup: Guttfull, Gravey, More Peas, DJ set from Fran Lobo
The second of a brand new monthly night, raising money for women’s/queer charities. This month is for Athena, a women’s refuge in Lewisham. £3 suggested entry.


Friday 27 October
Dream Nails EP launch at DIY Space for London
Support from Maya Songbird and Militant Girlfriend
Queens of the feminist DIY punk scene Dream Nails launch their second EP with a suitably witchy-themed halloween party, complete with pumpkin curry (vegan, natch)STAB present Nervous Twitch And Thee Dagger Debs

Sheilas Take A Bow at The Albion, Hastings
With Nervous Twitch and Thee Dagger Debs
S.T.A.B. put on some cracking vinyl DJ nights as well as live gigs like this corker.

Noga Erez at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
With support from Carolyn’s Fingers


Saturday 28 October
Random Artists present HOME at ExFed, London N4
Featuring: Perkie, Chuck SJ Hay, and Efa Supertramp
The opening night of a week-long series of free art and music events.

Slayerfest 3.0: Hootenanny at DIY Space for London
Featuring Doe, Slags and Drunken Butterfly
The annual halloween party thrown by Buffy the Vampire themed DIY punx, The Potentials. Huge fun!

Sunday 29 October
Girls to the Front at Green Note, London NW1
Featuring Michele Stodart, Newton Country, Xylaroo, Rosered & The Butterflies and MIRI

Witch Fest

Friday 3 November
Witch Fest at The Unicorn, Camden
With Art Trip and the Static Sound, Winnie and the Rockettes, W*llstonekraft, and The Creeping Terrors
LOUD WOMEN‘s halloween party – a free entry gig with raffle and collection in support of the Solidarity Not Silence campaign


Saturday 4 November
LaDIYfest Bristol
Featuring Screaming Toenail, Young Adventurers, Drunken Butterfly, Kiss Me Killer, Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Spunking Octochoke
A full day of workshops, then an evening of awesome new bands.

b6Sunday 5 November
She17 presents She’s Electric at the Wildcard Brewery, Walthamstow
With Julie Usher, Efa Supertramp and Finn D’Albert 

Friday 10 November
Kiss Me Killer
EP release party at The Chelsea Inn, Bristol
With support from The Menstrual Cramps, Violet Scott and Amelia Bones

Get in Her Ears at The Finsbury pub, London N4
With The Magnettes, MeMe Detroit, DIDI and Carolyn’s Fingers

Chroma at Le Pub, Newport
A hotly-tipped alt-rock 3-piece from Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Saturday 11 November
Ladies’ Set 3 at Sebright Arms, London E2
With Concrete Bones, Beth White, Judi Hench, Tigersonic and more
A event for new bands to debut original songs, form new collaborations and try new stuff in front of a supportive crowd.

Monday 13 November
Acoustic with Attitude at The Angel, Nottingham
With J’Aime Rachelle and Rebecca Trioxine


Wednesday 15 November
The Flatmates at Le Pub, Newport

Thursday 16 November
Suggested Friends‘ LP release show at The Victoria, London E8
With support from Wolf Girl and Best Praxis

Friday 17 November
Pussy Riot at the Barbican
Russia’s feminist punk heroes on tour – unmissable.

LOUD WOMENSaturday 18 November
LOUD WOMEN at the Bird’s Nest, Deptford
With Vulpynes, Duck, Militant Girlfriend and Basic Dicks
A free entry gig with raffle for Women’s Aid

Sunday 19 November
Colour Me Wednesday album preview show at DIY Space for London
With support from Charmpit and Jellie Rolls


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Cassie Fox is the founder of LOUD WOMEN, a collective championing women in music through regular gigs around the world, an annual festival in London, a monthly ezine, and record releases. Cassie plays keyboard in Thee Faction, and bass in I, Doris.


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