LaDIY Tramlines Picks!

A recent Guardian article highlighted that “47% of women in music earn under £10,000 a year, compared with 35% of men”. While at the NME awards, although Blondie won one of this year’s biggest accolades, “[it] marked only the third time [in 19 years] a woman has been included as a winner of the Godlike Genius  award. A solo female artist has never received it”. If you are a woman off stage “you only have a 15% chance of owning a label  or becoming a manager and in 2010 PRS announced that out of all the writers on their books, a mere 14% were women.” Another article points out that only 17% of bands at Reading/Leeds 2013 featured women, 21% at Bestival and 34% of Glastonbury. This isn’t very encouraging…

'For Whatever Reason'..(Access); Annie Gardiner, 2012 Installation of copies of NME magazine from 1989-2008. Piles of magazines divided by gender of artists depicted on the cover, as follows: Woman - Man - Both - None

‘For Whatever Reason’..(Access); Annie Gardiner, 2012
Installation of copies of NME magazine from 1989-2008. Piles of magazines divided by gender of artists depicted on the cover, as follows:
Woman – Man – Both – None

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We’re not keen on binaries but this visual provides a rough idea of how stark the gender gap is.

So, to do our bit to highlight all the talented women, non-binary and LGBTQIA people making awesome music, and with so many acts playing over the weekend in Sheffield as part of Tramlines (as well as fringe events all over the city), we thought we would help with a few suggestions of bands/acts you might like to go see (click the names for youtube videos!) :-

(Thanks to Jo H, Joan P and Nick P and Robbie M for their suggestions!)

Plus our Audacious pals are putting on a great fringe show (five quid in, no ticket required!) on Friday 25th July with Cowtown, The Jelas, Fever Dream and Night Flowers which will be brilliant! (FB event)

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Lastly, don’t forget to join us on the Hollaback! Tramlines chalk walk, which starts on Devonshire Green on the afternoon of Sunday 27th July.  If you have any other tips to share, do let us know what’s going on, where and when!

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