Nicola Meighan didn’t quite put it like this in her recent feature for The Herald, but now is probably the best time since I’ve been a part of it to be a woman in Glasgow’s indie music scene. I really should get around to writing about my involvement with feminist collective TYCI at some point soon (not least because I am – eek! – co-presenting our next radio show at the end of the month while our esteemed founder is off somewhere being a massive pop star), but in the meantime the revival of Ladyfest in the city after I believe more than a decade is worthy of excitement in its own right.
Ladyfest was born in post-riot grrl Olympia, Washington as a community-based female-focused arts and music festival, and has since established itself in cities all over the world. Its 2013 Glasgow incarnation sprang from frustration at the male-dominated line-ups of at least one other festival in the city, and will feature live performance, practical and political workshops and an afterparty with Lock Up Your Daughters DJs.
Ladyfest Glasgow will take place at Kinning Park Complex on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March. Musical events are open to all with doors at 5:30pm each evening while workshops, which in line with the event’s ‘safer spaces’ policy are open to those who identify as women (cis or trans), genderqueer or non-gendered. A range of ticket packages are now available, with two-day tickets (not including workshops) £7.
The team are also keen to hear from anybody who can help out at the events, with flyering and promotion or who would like to display leaflets, zines or posters – so get in touch!
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[Image of Ladyfest performers Hector Bizerk at the top of this post by Euan Robertson.]