As you may be aware, at Get In Her Ears we celebrate wonderful female and non-binary artists every single day! So, you may feel that there’s no real need for us to remind you on International Women’s Day to recognise them. But, as much as we try, days like this still seem necessary for society to take a minute and recognise not only the achievements of all the fantastic womxn in the world, but also to draw attention to the ongoing injustices and ingrained sexism that still sadly exists in 2020.
And so it only seems right that there are plenty of incredible events happening across the country this weekend to celebrate this official day of womxn. Here’s just a few that we’d strongly recommend!
The Bechdel Sound Test Weekender – Brixton, 6th – 8th March
South London’s ultimate female fronted music weekender is back to celebrate International Women’s Day.The party kicks off at the Bechdel Sound Test’s spiritual home – the Book and Record Bar right next to West Norwood station, with South London bass and garage DJ Rosie Riot. She will be supported by genre spanning Bechdel DJs ensuring the party goes on in to the early hours. Saturday is live music night at iconic Brixton venue the Windmill, headlined by CHROMA and supported by Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something, Foundlings, Rookes and Faultress. Festivities will come to a head on Sunday with an International Women’s Day party upstairs at The Ritzy. Promising an afternoon of chilled acoustic vibes and DJs it’s the perfect way to round off the IWD weekend. There will also be some small pop up stalls with records and feminist gifts supplied by The Book and Record Bar and Brave Girl Gifts. The event is free entry and raising money for Samaritans and Refuge. Sounds like a perfect celebration of all things female! Event info here.
BBC 6Music Festival – The Roundhouse, 8th March
Where you can expect to find me on Sunday, BBC 6Music bring their annual festival to an epic close on International Women’s Day with a line-up of some of the most incredible females in music at The Roundhouse in Camden. Headlining will be total favourite Kate Tempest with her perfectly poignant and stirringly honest offerings, along with the legendary Kim Gordon, the cinematic sounds of Anna Meredith, the seething power of Jehnny Beth and the gritty musicality of Nadine Shah. I cannot wait! More info here.
Southbank Centre – WOW Festival, 6th – 8th March
Southbank Centre’s annual Women Of The World festival is always an incredible and inspiring collection of events, and this year promises to be no different. Over three days, WOW’s line-up of world class speakers, activists and performers including Naomi Wolf, Shazia Mirza, Scarlett Curits, Sandi Toksvig, The Guilty Feminist, Svetlana Alexievich, Mary Robinson and more will be joined by thousands to explore the state of gender equality across the globe and tackle the subjects that matter most to women and girls across the world today. With a range of both free and ticketed events, it’s definitely worth a visit. More info here.
GRL 2020 – Base Camp Boro, Middlesborough, 7th March
Featuring GIHE faves Bugeye, as well as other awesome bands such as Dead Naked Hippies, Bad Bug and Eve Conway, this family-friendly Middlesborough event brings together some of the UK’s best female/female-identifying performers & artists, in addition to live art, street food, a feminist market + more! If you’re in the area, get your tickets now.
BSWA Fundraiser – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, 8th March
Indie Midlands have collaborated with Loud Women to host this Birmingham event. Taking place at The Sunflower Lounge, it aims to raise money for Birmingham & Solihull Womens Aid (BSWA). With music from The Sunset Beach Hut, Glass Ceilings, Fawner, Gray Wave and Shanghai Hostage, it sounds like a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day, and all for a good cause. More info here.
WCDI International Women’s Day Special, Peckham Audio, 8th March
Female promoters We Can Do It celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale, who will play a special solo set. With support from The Pearl Hearts and more, it’s going to be awesome! More info here.
Punka International Women’s Day Show, Zed Alley, Bristol, 8th March
If you’re in the South West, you should be aware of promoters Punka by now. Championing womxn and LGBTQ artists of all genres in Bristol, their events always like a lot of fun! For International Women’s Day they’re hosting a special show at Zed Alley with performances from solo artist Emily Breeze, Lucy Reynolds and drag kings such as Isaac Dix. More info here.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY w/ WXMB 2, Colours Hoxton, 8th March
London collective WXMB 2 are celebrating International Women’s Day by hosting an all day event at Colours in Hoxton. With a programme full of great live acts, DJs, workshops such as sound engineering, music production, freelancing and zine culture, panels, a sustainable creatives fair, yoga, a balancing feminine energy course, and much more, it really sounds like an inspiring day for all! Including live music from Elsa Hewitt, Austel, Rory Sky, Evie Balfe and more. Ticket info here.
Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Ghost Car, 13th March
Ok, so this one’s a bit late, as our Finsbury gig doesn’t quite fall on International Women’s Day this year… but we’ll be celebrating some incredible womxn in music as always at our gig the following Friday! With a headline set from the quirky bubblegum indie of Ghost Car, there’ll be support from The Other Ones, Gaptooth and Minimals. We cannot wait! Get In Her Ears celebrate women every day, we welcome everyone at our gig who supports our ethos, but especially aim to create a safe space for female identifying and LGBTQ+ people. Come and keep the IWD celebrations going with us on the 13th, and all for FREE! More info here.