Last year I had the delight of getting to review the rather fantastic LOUD WOMEN fest, I enjoyed it so much that I am very honoured to be able to share their announcement for this year’s line up and I have to say, it is looking amazing already! Thanks so much to Cassie for sharing this with us at Joyzine.

LOUD WOMEN Fest 2023 is set to showcase the best new female and non-binary talent rising up from the grassroots and alternative music scene. This year it’s taking place on the 16th September in London.
Now in its 7th iteration, the not-for-profit Fest is firmly established as the alternative music  women’s “pipeline” between grassroots and bigger festival stages – the same pipeline Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis recently said needed support in order to develop the female headliners of the future.

LOUD WOMEN Fest has been hailed as “the antidote to male-heavy festival lineups” (NME), and “if you’ve ever looked at a festival lineup and wondered where all the women are, they’re playing LOUD WOMEN Fest” (Kerrang!)

Tickets for LOUD WOMEN Fest are on sale now: Ticket link here

Applications to play the event have been pouring in for 6 months – nearly 1,000 applications from artists around the globe. The first lineup announcement comes today, with a few more surprises yet to come:


I, Doris
Samba Sisters
Shallow Honey
The Empty Page
Where We Sleep
Breezy (Germany)
Hipersona (Turkey)
Shy Godwin (USA)
The Dollheads (USA)
Vernon Jane (Ireland) 

The one-day showcase event will be held on 16 September at London’s Rich Mix, over several stages. For the first time, the event is all ages – allowing parents to bring children and teens along to be inspired by female-powered bands.

LOUD WOMEN’s founder, musician and lecturer Cassie Fox, said: “There’s absolutely no excuse in 2023 for festivals not to be booking at least 50% female musicians. Gender equality makes all areas of life more balanced and harmonious – especially in music!”

With activism and campaigning at LOUD WOMEN’s heart alongside the music, the Fest will also be attended by speakers:


Founded in 2015 by Cassie Fox, the not-for-profit organisation is based in London with chapters in the US, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia. LOUD WOMEN’s stated aim to “put more women on more stages, and turn up the volume”. LW activities, besides the annual Fest in London, include regular gigs in several cities, a well-regarded music blog updated daily by a team of 100+ writers, a weekly radio show, compilation album releases through LOUD WOMEN Records, and an active community on social media.

Cassie Fox is a musician (‘bass Doris’ in the London band I, Doris) and lectures at BIMM London.

Personally I can’t wait, it looks set to be an amazing event!

Published by Hayley Foster da Silva, Press Release from Cassie Fox

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