Manchester's ILL play the Royal Albert Hall on 17 March
Manchester's ILL play the Royal Albert Hall on 17 March

Manchester's ILL play the Royal Albert Hall on 17 MarchIt’s International Women’s Day this Friday, 8th March, and what better way to celebrate the musical sisterhood than by attending one of the many gigs happening up and down the UK, powered by awesome female musicians. Here’s my top picks.


8 March @ Oh Yeah Music Centre
Northern Ireland is currently the least woman-friendly place to live in the United Kingdom, thanks to the still-repressive laws governing NI women’s bodies. No coincidence then that NI is also producing some of the more awesome, heartfelt, feminist punk rock music. An all-ages gig featuring local stars Gemma Bradley, Sister Ghost, plus the graduates of Rock School NI. £5 tickets


8 March @ The Flapper
Metal fans are treated to five bands at this ‘International Women’s Slay’ gig, namely Dakesis, Control The Storm, Aonia, Devil’s Playground and Divided We Fall. Rock. £8 tickets


7 March @ The Hope & Ruin
Acid Box Promotions present an exquisitely female-led line-up: Feels (USA), Sit Down, and Gene Pool.

FemFest8 March @ Latest Music Bar
FemFest’s IWD alldayer this year has the timely theme ‘bands without borders’, and showcases female artists from all across Europe, including Tilda Allie (Sweden), Bloom (England/Scotland), Aren Drift (Czech Republic) and Luan Mei (Spain).

8 March @ 101.4FM DAB+ Tunein app and online @
If they CBA to leave home, Brightonians can stay toasty indoors and enjoy an all-female DJ takeover of Brighton’s 1BTN radio station!


8 March @ The Exchange
A gloriously raucous celebration of female punk at Punka and Grrrl Crush’s all-dayer, with IDestroy, The Twistettes and Drunken Butterfly, plus drag kings and queens, and DJs til late.


10 March @ Rockaway Park
The Sistafest team are holding an acoustic alldayer, showcasing The devils doorbells, T-Bitch, Kristina Stazaker and more.



8 March @ Henry’s Cellar Bar
Edinburgh gals and pals can continue their celebrations, after the IWD march, with a party of poetry and music, including the so-hot-right-now The Noise and the Naïve.



8 March @ DIY Space for London
The OMNII collective – champions of women soundworkers – are holding an IWD launch for thei new zine, Figure of Eight. Live performance from ACMTuffragettes and Alice And The Bugs.

8 March @ The Finsbury
Female-focussed promoter Get In Her Ears presents an immaculate IWD gig, with ARXX, The Baby Seals, Scrounge and Rainbow Corps.


SheFest10 March @ Wild Card Brewery, E17
Walthamstow’s perfectly-named feminist music promoters, She17, present the free-entry all-ages SheFest – their sixth all-dayer showcasing favourites of the DIY scene More Peas, Sulk, I, Doris, I am HER and more. There will also be performances from some local talented youth, including some Girls Rock London beneficiaries, for whom funds were raised for last year.

8–10 March @ The Book and Record Bar, SE27
The Bechdal Sound Test Weekender will be raising money for Bloody Good Period. Friday’s opening party features Emma Jackson (Ex Kenickie), Max Tundra & Kath Gifford (Ex Stereolab); Saturday’s line-up features Xylo, Art Trip & The Static Sound, and Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something; and then Sunday Skate Kitchen Film Screening & Q&A @ West Norwood Picturehouse. Screening will follow with a Q&A with Olivia and Aimee from London’s All Female Skate Crew, and Sam Bruce who helps to run Nike Skateboarding Girls Night (and Stunt Woman in training).

10 March @ The Monarch
The awesome Safe Gigs for Women organisation are hosting a special screening of documentary ‘So Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In?’

17 March @ The Royal Albert Hall

As part of the RAH’s Unstoppable Voices series of events, Manchester’s feminist punks (and winners of the 2018 LOUD WOMEN Hercury Prize, no less) ILL will be performing in the Elgar Room, raucously supported by Nun Habit, Lilith Ai and I, Doris. Tickets a snip at £5.

Newport (Wales)

9 March @ Le Pub
Wales’ finest co-operative run venue presents an IWD half-dayer, raising money for Safe Gigs for Women, with Rosehip Teahouse, She Got Spies, Body Hacker, Heartwork and more.


8 March @ Rough Trade Nottingham
Nottingham-based organisation Women in Music are hosting an IWD party, with a live set from Babe Punch, plus DJs Stiff Kittens, FAN CLUB and WIM.



9 March @ Hatch
A “The Day After International Women’s Day” gig, donating to Ashiana Sheffield who support and empower BAMER women and children affected by abuse and violence. Totally badass lineup features Crumbs, Nervous Twitch, Precious Metals, and Duck.



9 March @ The Barrel House Ballroom
Totnes XX is a local festival celebrating IWD, with an all-day line including Bryde, Pale Blue Eyes, and DJ Sista Please? keeping the party going until the small hours. £8 tickets



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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.


  1. You might want to include the Girlz Rawk! weekender. They’re running two all day events, one in Manchester on Saturday and one in London on Sunday.



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