Are you sick of seeing festival line-ups that are mostly guys? Fed up with Brighton gig nights with not a single woman on the bill? Tired of feeling concerned about your own or your gal pal's safety when attending shows? At Smashed Vinyl, we certainly are.
Smashed Vinyl has a new editor. Hi, I'm Jenny. Lovely to e-meet you! As woman in the music industry, stats about the inequality that goes on hit close to home. PRS for Music report that their membership of over 95,000 songwriters and composers is only 13 per cent female and AIM's 2012 membership survey revealed that only 15% of label members are majority-owned by women. Last year, Haim fired their agent after finding out that they were getting paid just a tenth of what a male equivalent was being paid to play the same festival. Last summer, I did a social experiment for Smashed Vinyl (issue three) comparing my experience in guitar shops with the experience of a male friend and the results were pretty shocking. Women are excluded from musical spaces, making it not only difficult but at times dangerous for women to participate.
When Ewan passed Smashed Vinyl over to me, he passed over a platform that I can use to help make a change. That's why I'm making my first official event as editor of Smashed Vinyl a celebration of the female talent that Brighton has to offer. We've got a fantastic all female/female-fronted line-up, something which unfortunately is a rare sight in most music scenes.
At first, it was advertised that all money raised from this event would go back into supporting the bands. We've decided that the best use of this money in supporting female musicians is to donate it to Safe Gigs For Women, an initiative established by regular gig-goers with the aim of creating a safer environment for women at gigs. Live shows are beautiful channel through which to share, rejoice in and celebrate music, and everyone should be able to experience that safely.
Come down to Girl's Night at The Bees Mouth on 22nd February. It's only a fiver entry and you'll be seeing 5 incredible bands while knowing that your time and money is being spent on fighting the inequality in the music industry and giving some well-deserved attention to Brighton's best female musicians.
Read more below about the incredible artists we've got on the bill!
Josey Marina is a singer and writer from Stockport, UK. Her signature sound showcases haunting vocals and vivid, haiku-inspired poetry, with themes ranging from same-sex love and lust to the devastating effects of climate change. Aside from Marina's solo work, collab projects include a new jazz-inspired duo with composer Jack Beech and TV work commissioned by Sky.
Greetings From The Beloved Ghosts
Those two forsaken souls met in a black hole where an average gig was given. They got bored and started talking (music) and that was way more interesting. She wanted to play Omnichord so bad, he was born songster. Here are the awkwardly soupy but somewhat catchy songs they got out of their laid back music sessions.
The Case Of Us
Prog meets grunge at a disco somewhere between the 60's and the year 3000.
Local Brighton 4 piece creating R&B influenced alternative rock with tones touching on the dark sounds of the 90's. Throne have a song about sexual harassment and creating safer gigs for women. It's called "Don't Touch Me", and they'll be performing it on the night, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes.
A modern psychedelic mix of funk, jazz, dub, and hip hop.