47 Women Killing it in Music Right Now

by native, Mar 08, 2019

We take a look at some of the female artists who are running the world.

Following the news that 45 international festivals have pledged to reach a 50/50 gender split on line ups by 2022, the native team of contributors and editors from all over the UK banded together to pool our (admittedly pretty wicked) music knowledge, and pay respects to our favourite female artists and musicians.

Many festivals make the excuse that "there just aren't enough female musicians" to fill out a half a festival line up which is, quite frankly, ridiculous. There is a crazy amount of female talent out there, and if you can't find it then you're a lazy booking agent. Anyway - we've decided to do the work for them, so now there's no excuse.

From all the native team, here are our favourite ladies of the moment:

 

Madam X


Crissi Vassilakis AKA Madam X has become one of dance music's leading ladies. Flying the flag for grime, garage, dubstep and funky, arguably the most male-dominated sphere of electronic music, Madam X is now one of the scene's hottest commodities. Label head at the highly influential Kaizen, non-stop tourer, and all-round wicked person, Madam X made headlines after admirably dealing with an incredible douche at Holy Ship festival. Big up, Crissi.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Dua Lipa


Championing independence and female empowerment, Dua Lipa has been inspiring women to ditch their manipulative boyfriends and focus on self-love.

From the witty ‘New Rules’ to the sassy ‘IDGAF’, Dua Lipa has managed to knock the likes of Ed Sheeran and Drake off of the UK Singles Chart. This is even more impressive when you consider she has only been producing music for four years. Last year, the 22-year-old became the most streamed woman and in 2018 has already made BRIT Award history by being the first female artist to be nominated for five awards.

So women, please, in respect of our Lord Dua Lipa remember the commandants: don’t pick up the phone, don’t let him, and for goodness sake, don’t be his friend.

- Charlotte Miles, native contributor

Haim


Name a more iconic trio- I’ll wait. Recently selling out their ‘Sister Sister Sister’ show later this year at the Ally Pally, Haim have captured the hearts of all females out there with their refreshing and upbeat soft-rock tracks, accompanied by their edgy music videos where they never fail to incorporate a cool and effortless dance routine- an essential Haim trait. Their wonderful, witty humour and their drive to rise to the top of the music industry sets Haim apart from the rest.

- Hayley Turner-McIntyre, Portsmouth contributor

Kehlani


Okay, so take a moment to deep this. She had no one turn up to her gig with her band once and she lost on America’s Got Talent. But now, her music is featuring in films like Suicide Squad and landing her a cover feature in FADER magazine all by the age of 22. She's broken that “good girl” look by complimenting her body with tattoos (yes, even her face) and in her song ‘Honey’ she expresses how she likes women as much as she likes boys. You are so killing it Kehlani.

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

Nabihah Iqbal


Nabihah Iqbal, formerly known as Throwing Shade, is killing it. There's no two ways about it. After dropping her DJ moniker for her birth name, she released her debut album Weighing of the Heart, a hazy dream-pop journey featuring her own multi-instrumental talents and vocals. She was then responsible for one of the best beatdowns of a reviewer that the music industry has ever seen. Alongside her new live productions, she remains an utterly fantastic DJ with a regular slot on NTS where she explores music from every corner of the world. 

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Little Simz


Now we know Stormzy, Skepta and Giggs BUT you have not fully immersed yourself in UK rap without hearing Little Simz. Though she is Little Simz, her voice is not that little. At a constant, she is spitting political truth and expressing the relatable feelings we all go through. Her stage presence is unbelievable and she is killing it in the music industry without a doubt.

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

D.Tiffany


Sophie Sweetland aka DJ Zozi aka D. Tiffany is one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Vancouver's thriving and impressive electronic scene. With releases on 1080p and Pacific Rhythm – her latest EP Blue Dream, broke her into the wide world, turning heads in the electronic scene, with 'How RU Plush' featuring regularfantasy making its way into RA's end of year list for best tracks of 2017. 

D. Tiffany's productions and DJ sets span alluring house cuts, breakbeats and acid exploits while always driving a blissfully smoke-covered thump. 

- Rhys Baker, native contributor

GCDJ (Girls Can't DJ)


Girls Can't DJ consists of DJ Faro and partner in crime Jordanne - between them the pair spin pretty much everything, but under GCDJ the vibes are generally R&B, disco, hip hop and garage. Their name is a playful yet sincere jab at an industry which, despite being historically renowned for its inclusiveness, still has a ways to go - but nothing shuts up the doubters more than their successes, which include a monthly slot on Peckham's Balamii Radio, a video collab project with Nike and, in January 2018, their boiler room debut

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Jorja Smith


Effortless, majestic and cool as a cucumber, Jorja Smith takes the reign as the new first lady of UK soul. Just 20 years old and from a small industrial town in the West Midlands, Jorja’s dulcet tones have blown up over the last twelve months. Her eclectic array of smooth grime-tinged tracks make her the ultimate heartbreaker whilst collaborations with Preditah, Stormzy and Maverick Sabre show off her versatility and command of the genre. It’s safe to say her humility, social awareness, and general likeability means we’ll see a whole lot more of Jorja Smith.

- Yasmin Duggal, native contributor

rRoxymore


One of Mixmag's 20 breakthrough DJs of 2017, former Berghain resident, current Rinse FM resident, and producer of 'mercyless house music' rRoxymore, real name Hermione Frank, is one of electronic music's most exciting artists. In addition to being a phenomenal DJ and producer, Frank works closely with a number of initiatives aimed at getting more women, people of colour, and queer-identifying musicians involved in the dance music scene.

Joy Crookes


At just nineteen years old, South London singer-songwriter Joy Crookes has cultivated a sophisticated sound that fuses elements of hip-hop, jazz and pop. Her live performances are captivating, commanding rooms effortlessly with her soulful voice and bright, charming personality. Songs like 'Power' combine the soulful, bluesy tone of artists like Amy Winehouse with an added punch of biting social commentary, whilst her most recent single 'Mother May I Sleep With Danger' has a laid-back, summery jazz vibe. She’s a powerhouse of talent and charisma who is undoubtedly destined for big things.

- Claudia Downs, Sheffield editor

Janelle Monae


Empowered. That’s just the way you make us feel… like, literally. Her new single ‘Make Me Feel’ encompasses a Prince vibe and is being regarded as a bisexual anthem, proposing the idea that the identity of a woman is more than just what she wears or who she likes. Janelle Monae is killing it and never fails to lead a great example for the generation of today. Being a founder of Wonderland she sparks another identity - that women are powerful and the limits we face CAN be broken. Black girl magic y’all can’t stand it, black girl magic y’all can’t handle it.

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

Syd


Just as likely to crush a guest verse on a Kaytranada track as she is to crush hip hop's outdated gender normsSyd (formerly Syd Tha Kyd) is one of the most exciting artists in music right now. Whether it's as a founding member of Odd Future, a lynchpin of RnB supergroup The Internet, or as a globally-lauded solo artist, pretty much everything Syd touches turns to gold.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Courtney Barnett


Courtney Barnett’s witty, playful lyricism will have you instantly hooked. Her deadpan wordplay and stellar guitar playing on her debut album saw her pick up 4 Aria awards, Best New Artist at the 58th Grammy Awards and a Best International Female Solo Artist 2016 Brit Award.

An effortlessly cool character, Courtney is as busy as ever releasing and touring the album, Lotta Sea Lice with Folk-rocker Kurt Vile, playing lead guitar for her wife Jen Cloher’s band, running the Melbourne based Milk! Records and recording her upcoming release in May, Tell Me How You Really Feel.

- Tom Tye, Content writer

Peach


Peach, AKA Serena Passion, is in touching distance of superstardom. Well, underground superstardom - she won't be playing Wembley arena anytime soon, but having supported the likes of Jon Hopkins, Jackmaster, Pearson Sound, and absolutely blowing audiences away every time, Peach's rise to the top seems almost inevitable. Her latest endeavour has seen her release her first track on Midland's new Intergraded label, which is not a bad place to start. We're expecting big things.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Megan Dixon Hood


Megan Dixon Hood is from Cheshire, England, and in her own quote on her website, she's "a country bumpkin at heart.” Hood studied at BIMM Manchester and combines everything from nu-folk to indie in her music to create a unique feeling within her recordings. 

She has also performed at various festivals such as Glass Butter Beach, 2000 Trees, and Trummern und Traummen festival in Berlin. Follow her on Facebook here.

- Conall McLaughlin, Manchester contributor

Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean)


Fronted by Julia Cumming, a woman with a formidable stage presence, armed with a Rickenbacker bass and a Stevie Nicks-esque voice, this trio are setting the bar for rock music with their recent releases 'I Was A Fool' and 'Crisis Fest'; two stand-out singles doused in 70s nostalgia with a modern twist and the most politically relevant lyrical content seen in while.

Their new EP, King Of The Dudes them take a side-step away from the psych-rock sound that originally defined them and into an exciting new territory, honing in on a more mature, more refined sound; a punk-charged Fleetwood Mac for the modern age.

- Tom Tye, Content Writer

IAMDDB


IAMDDB has been killing it over the past 12 months. The Manchester singer and sauce provider has blown up in recent times with her most recent of three EPs, Hoodrich Vol. 3 enveloping bangers 'Ooo,' 'More' and the irresistible 'Shade.' Her sound captures the essence of jazz and soul yet with a strong helping of modern hip-hop and trap, whilst her attitude her style and her swagger stems from an exciting young music scene up in Manchester.

Diana Debrito was invited to bring her self-proclaimed 'Mermaid Season' to the Brits this year, making plenty of cameras flash on the red carpet by proving she really is a 'bad bitch, no underwear.'

- Greg Stanley, Brighton contributor

Ruth Radelet (Chromatics)


Chromatics’ pulsating 'Tick of the Clock', which featured in the cult sensation film, Drive, had everyone caught up in their own reverie cruising around Los Angeles in their finest satin jackets. Fronted by Ruth Radelet and her irreducibly swooning voice layered over the dripping synth goodness of Johnny Jewel (whose other bands, Glass Candy and Desire both feature incredibly talented lead female vocalists and are equally worthy of a feature on this list), Chromatics' music is an ethereal experience like no other. Check out their covers of Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper, as well as their appearance on Twin Peaks last year performing Desire's, 'Saturday'.

- Matt Galliford, Brighton contributor

Cardi B


Now we've all heard about Cardi B, it's a name we cannot forget! From Love and Hip Hop, the reality show, to actual hip hop. First via absolute anthem ‘Bodak Yellow’ reminding all of us: ‘don’t get comfortable’, then with ‘Motorsport’ alongside some A-lister artists, Cardi B's rise to the top has been rapid. What is more empowering than a woman stereotyped, stigmatised and growing up in a less privileged area making it big? Nothing. Cardi B only comes with surprises and we can only imagine how she is going to kill it in the future.

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

St Vincent

Annie Clark, or St Vincent, as she is known to her fans is one of the most unashamedly divisive figures in this industry. Her recent album masseducation holds a mirror up to society and, in its bizarre and surreal reflection, she pokes fun at the absurdity of the modern age. 

St Vincent uses her music in all its synth-pop, indie rock gloriousness, as a vehicle to provoke conversation on serious issues like consumerism and gender identity. This juxtaposition of accessible melodies and challenging lyrics have an almost uncomfortable, jarring effect on the listener that will make you sit up and take note of the genius that is St Vincent. 

- Liz Johnson, Cardiff contributor

Mica Levi

Mica Levi started her career playing her own brand of electronic sounds under the name Micachu, before forming the experimental pop band, Micachu and the Shapes - their sound was offbeat, a touch out of tune and distortedly sublime.

Levi’s signature sound became the score of the cult, sci-fi sensation, Under the Skin. Her classical composition is festered with jarring strings and otherworldly noises that embody our fear of the unknown but, at the change of a chord, Levi has the audience sunk into their seats overwhelmed by the strange beauty of it all. Her unmistakable sound has even earned her an Academy Award nomination for her score of the critically acclaimed Jackie in 2015.

- Matt Galliford, Brighton contributor

Nao


Nao has almost created a whole new genre with her authentic sound. It incorporates funk, house, soul and many, many synths. She is an upcoming artist, but her music has been noticed worldwide after being used in How To Get Away With Murder, in a scene where a character was partying with themself whilst incredibly drunk. That scene only serves acts as an example of the versatility of Nao’s music - whether you're partying alone or with a huge group of mates, Nao’s music fits every situation. Nao, you are killing it!

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

SZA


The only female signed under Top Dawg Entertainment, one of America’s most up-and-coming record labels, in just a short time SZA has risen to be an irreplaceable figure in Contemporary R&B and hip-hop. Since the success of her debut album CTRL released last summer, SZA has been nominated for 5 Grammy awards and has featured on the soundtrack for blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther. This queen is making waves in the music industry and you can rightly catch her across numerous festivals this summer.

- Emilia Cox, native contributor

Girl Ray


North London trio Girl Ray had a tremendous 2017 and are showing no signs of relenting in the new year. Their winsome and deftly crafted indie-pop wowed many a listener both in a live setting and on record, with the band enjoying a string of sold out shows around the UK and releasing a stunning debut album in Earl Grey. If you consider yourself a sucker for anything with jangly guitars twinned with lyrics penned straight from the heart, you’d be doing yourself a serious disservice by sleeping on Girl Ray.

- Reuben Cross, Brighton contributor

Laura Mvula


She is said to be the next Nina Simone, her voice is rich and you can feel the heartache in her music. She channels the sage of music and poetry - the likes of Simone and the powerful literary empress Maya Angelou, with her song ‘Phenomenal Woman’. She brings in her African heritage with the patterns and colours in her music videos, and the consistent motif ‘phenomenal woman’ being echoed throughout her music is a mantra to all women - that we are phenomenal and phenomenal we are. Ms Mvula you are killing it.

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

Honey Dijon


There aren't many DJs as awe-inspiring as Honey Dijon. Born in Chicago, Honey Dijon is now an ambassador for New York's exceptional electronic music and fashion circuits, bridging the gap between the two worlds by working closely with fashion designers, and even curating the music for Louis Vuitton's menswear shows. Known for curating cross-genre sets, she released her debut album The Best of Both Worlds in 2017 and, as a trans-rights activist, Dijon frequently gives interviews and participates in panels that focus on trans-visibility in the media. Queen.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Kelly Lee Owens


Since the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album last March, Kelly Lee Owens has only gone from strength to strength. Fusing together elements of house, techno and ambient, KLO is simultaneously a mesmerising listen for anyone interested in electronic music and an excellent entry point for first-timers looking to explore the genre. Not only has her original output been garnering attention, but her remixes for the likes of Jenny Hval, Aaliyah and St. Vincent have also put the Welsh-born producer in the spotlight, and deservedly so. If this is anything to go by, Kelly Lee Owens is destined for great things.

- Reuben Cross, Brighton contributor

Solange


So imagine being born and realising that Beyonce is your sister! That could stop others from wanting to pursue any career in the music industry. But Solange Knowles knows no barriers! Beyonce is her sister, yes, but it is no competition between the two. Solange released her album A Seat At My Table, a catalyst to all those black women, a wakeup call to their white counterparts and black men, she has created an anthem where black women can feel safe to be ‘Mad’, a song from the album featuring Lil Wayne.

She is not one for those who are sensitive and easily bothered. You can’t handle this if you want to keep your eyes closed from the Black Woman’s struggle, but you will be reminded of Black Girl Magic. Solange you definitely have a seat at the table of this article, you are so killing it.

- Abigail Busenze, Portsmouth contributor

Weyes Blood


Take a pinch of Carole King, add a touch of The Carpenters, then finish with a sprinkling of Enya and you’ve got yourself Weyes Blood. In an age when so many strive to create something entirely new, Weyes Blood (née Natalie Mering) produces a wonderous aural experience by taking cues from the greats of the past and putting her own modern spin on it. Her last album, Front Row Seat to Earth dazzled in late 2016 and the collaborative EP released with Ariel Pink last year means that there is still a distinct buzz around what’s to come from the singer-songwriter.

- Reuben Cross, Brighton contributor

Dodie


Dorothy Clark, more popularly known as Dodie Clark, is a popular English YouTube content creator, and singer/songwriter hailing from Epping, Essex. Going by the stylised version of her name dodie with a lowercase d, dodie has exploded in popularity in the past two years, producing 2 EPs, 
Intertwined, and You. Both EPs saw massive success both in sales and popularity with Intertwined reaching number 35 in the UK Albums chart in 2016, and ‘You’ reaching number 6 in the UK Albums chart. Dodie is currently on tour promoting her latest EP, ‘You’. Follow her on Youtube here.

- Conall McLaughlin, Manchester contributor

Lorde


Lorde has made herself at home in the music industry by means of talent and success, particularly so after the release of Melodrama in 2017. Her skyrocketing career has led her to win two Grammys, NME Best International Solo Artist and two Brit Awards. The 2018 Grammys controversially claimed that female musicians ‘need to step up,’ but Lorde was very vocal in her disagreement. Like so many other female musicians right now, Lorde is absolutely killing it and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her. Watch out for the girls, Grammys.

- Becca Drage, Portsmouth contributor

Nadine Shah


If Britain truly needed to hear one album from last year, it was almost definitely Nadine Shah’s Holiday Destination. Tackling themes of race, the refugee crisis and the aftermath of Brexit, Shah, a second-generation immigrant of Pakistani and Norwegian descent, takes her personal accounts of her experiences with these issues and presents them in her most powerful record to date. Alongside the thought-provoking lyrical themes, the record is underpinned with hard-hitting grooves and adopts a snarling, post-punk feel quite separate from her previous work, making for an ultimately challenging but incredibly captivating listen. 

- Reuben Cross, Brighton contributor

Frankie Cosmos


Melody and melancholy are the two facets that underpin the music of Frankie Cosmos AKA Greta Kline. Her 2016 album Next Thing was a huge critical success despite largely flying under the radar compared to other indie records of the same year. But low-key is Kline's style. The album comes in at just 28 minutes, the instrumentation is sparse, and the vocals are understated, and yet the music is somehow deeply, seriously, affecting. Kline has dropped two singles in 2018 ahead of her forthcoming album Vessel, out March 30th.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Ellie Rowsell (Wolf Alice)


Born and bred North Londoner Ellie Rowsell is not only the frontwoman of alternative-rock band Wolf Alice, but also their very skilled guitarist and songwriter. She started the band as an acoustic duo with guitarist Jeff Oddie when she was only 18 and, at 21, she was already playing Glastonbury. But Ellie is more than a talented musician: she is a passionate human being who promotes compassion and solidarity. For instance, last year she put together her London indie connections to create Bands4Refugees, a gig to raise awareness and money for the refugee crisis. Nice one, Ellie.

Giada Nizzoli, native contributor 

Sigrid


Norway’s pop princess has had a pretty successful couple of years. Hailing from a musical family, Sigrid’s debut EP is nothing short of upbeat pop gold, laced with an unrivalled confidence, charisma and self-assuredness that is so rare in young artists. With her recently bagging the BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 award, a mega-tour on the way and even hints at an album before the year is through, Sigrid is fast becoming a formidable and unstoppable force.

- Jake Oliver, native contributor

Sarah Midori Perry (Kero Kero Bonito)


Sarah Midori Perry is the lead vocalist of London-based bubblegum pop trio Kero Kero Bonito
. KKB are known for their unique brand of Japanese influenced electropop and Perry’s cutesy bilingual vocal style lends itself perfectly to KKB’s sugar-coated J-pop inspired instrumentals. Perry is also a visual artist and designer, check out some of her artwork via Instagram.

- Danny Hines, Portsmouth editor

Halsey


US singer-songwriter Halsey shot to global fame when she featured on The Chainsmokers hit single ‘Closer’ back in 2016. Since then, Halsey has produced her second studio album Hopeless Foundation Kingdom, which scored No.1 on the US Billboard 200 in 2017. Her 2018 is shaping up to be just as implausible, as she debuted her video for “Sorry” in February of this year and the track has already received over 15 million views on Youtube, despite only being released for a matter of weeks.

Jason Baker, native contributor

Izzy Bee Phillips (Black Honey)


You may not have heard of Black Honey now, but with this year seeing the expected release of the band’s debut album and a support slot with Queens of the Stone Age at Finsbury Park on June 30th, you'll certainly be hearing about them soon. The indie rock band’s frontwoman, singer and guitarist Izzy Bee Phillips, is paving her own way to become Britain’s next big rock star. Izzy often voices a strong critique on the gender imbalance within the music industry, offering herself as the perfect candidate to be a voice for women in music.

- Tim Strange, Nottingham contributor

Mabel


Since the release of her debut track ‘Know Me Better’ in 2015, Mabel has focused on creating her own RnB sound and has collaborated with the likes of Kojo Funds and Not3s. Her track ‘Finders Keepers' spent five weeks in the Top 10 and if you haven’t heard her track, ‘Fine Line’ where have you been this year? Born in Spain, raised in Sweden, Mabel now resides in London town. This month Mabel will be opening for Harry Styles on all 21 European tour dates. 

- Rebecca Newman-Matthews, Nottingham contributor

Björk


Whilst younger artists play it safe, Björk is 52 and still pushing the envelope in the music industry. Her recent album, Utopia, made in collaboration with experimental genius Arca, proves that the singer is far from done, and there's no indication that she intends to move towards a more conservative sound anytime soon. One of the absolute greats.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Pale Waves


Indie pop newcomers Pale Waves, have been making a name for themselves in the music industry over the past year. The female-fronted four piece, met in Manchester and are signed to Dirty Hit (label mates with The 1975 and Wolf Alice.) After the release of singles, ‘There’s A Honey’ and ’Television Romance’ Pale Waves released their debut EP last week, titled All The Things I Never Said. Currently on a sold out UK tour in association with DIY magazine, the band are set to play Live at Leeds, Community Fest and Reading Festival this summer.

- Rebecca Newman-Matthews, Nottingham contributor

Anna Meredith


Having already made a name for herself in the world of classical music, Anna Meredith took a lot of people by surprise with her 2016 album Varmints, a melting-pot of everything from minimalist electronic to progressive pop. While on paper this might sound somewhat chaotic (and at times it can be), the album was a huge success and is a must hear for anyone who likes to dabble in experimental music. From the parping tubas on opening track ‘Nautilus’ to the soothing cello on closer ‘Blackfriars’, there’s moments where you’ll be grinning ear to ear and having shivers sent down your spine alike, all making for a thrill-ride of a listen.

- Reuben Cross, Brighton contributor

Yaeji


Kathy Yaeji Lee, better known as Yaeji, is a Korean-American electronic music producer who blends house-style 4x4 beats with hip-hop textures, singing over her tracks in both Korean and English. Her signature track 'Raingurl' has received DJ support from the likes of Mall Grab and is an irresistibly groovy piece of music, which absolutely nails her singular and innovative aesthetic. With two EPs out at the moment, both released in 2017, we expect there's a whole lot more to come from the 25-year-old. Keep 'em peeled.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Bonzai


Sometimes an artist comes along that just absolutely slam dunks the pop genre - Charlie XCX is one of them, Bonzai is another. With signature bassy production, an RnB/hip hop vocal style and some utterly mad tunes, Bonzai's body of work speaks for itself. From the borderline electro-sounding 'No Rest' to summer pop anthem 'I Feel Good', Bonzai has only impressed in her short career thus far. Plus, frequent collaborations with Mura Masa and appearances at Manchester's Warehouse Project make Bonzai an exciting music prospect no matter what genre you listen to.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast)


Responsible for one of the best albums of 2016, and one of the best debut albums of the decade, Michelle Zauner released her sophomore Japanese Breakfast album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, at the tail end of 2017, taking on a new, futuristic persona. The album is written as a cybernetic lovestory and the floaty, space-inspired sounds that the album title refers to have offered up an entirely new dimension to Zauner as an artist. We can't wait to see where she will take the project next.

- Kieran Mallon, native contributor

Safe Gigs for Women


With the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as prevalent as ever, there has never been a more important time for us to look out for each other. Safe gigs for Women is an initiative established by regular gig-goers with the aim of creating a safer environment for women at gigs. Working alongside venues, many major festivals, and countless artists, SGFW works to:

- Spread the word that it is not okay to grope, threaten or harass others throughout the industry.

- Encourage victims to speak out, and supporters to advocate that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

- Work with venues to ensure they take reports of sexual harassment and other threats to women seriously.

- To create a standard in the industry for safe venues and events.

- Get bands on board to recognise their standards, to talk about their work and get their audiences recognising and spreading what is acceptable and what’s not.

In a society where women are made to feel guilty for the things we’re told that we ‘should have avoided’ when we’re assaulted, such as drinking alcohol, being on our own in the dark, being in a different city and wearing ‘too much make up’, this organisation is challenging and conquering the issues in the music industry that have been the norm for far too long.

To find out more about how to get involved or to make a donation, click here 

- Hannah Nicholson-Tottle, Cardiff editor

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