Women Make Noise: A Discussion

Off The Shelf this year will be Off The HOOK!

We’ve been successful in receiving a community grant from the organisers to put on a really amazing event on Thursday 16th October with some really amazing women… Here’s the info:

In association with Off the Shelf Festival, we’re hosting a panel discussion at Coffee Revolution on women’s experiences of music culture: on the stage, behind the decks and around the dance-floor. The speakers will share some of their own thoughts and experiences, then open the discussion to the audience for further input and debate. Get involved!

On our panel will be:

ALANNA McARDLE, who sings in Joanna Gruesome and does all kinds of incredible things in her sadcore solo project, Ides. Alanna was interviewed earlier this year speaking out against misogyny in music and then shredded her online critics into tiny pieces.

STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, writer for The F-Word, blogger at Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, and guitarist with My Therapist Says Hot Damn and black feminist punk band, Big Joanie. Stephanie also co-runs the South London-based riot grrrl club night, Bloody Ice Cream.

SARITA KARIR, house and techno DJ by night and primary school teacher/DJ tutor by day. Sarita is a 39 year-old single mum based in Cleethorpes who you may have spotted behind the decks at Sheffield Techno Institute, Plug and Tramlines Festival since she started DJing five years ago.

Finally, leading the panel will be mega-talented JULIA DOWNES, a musician, academic and activist who has been organising queer feminist music events for over 10 years in Leeds and Newcastle. Julia is also the editor of Women Make Noise: Girl Bands From The Modettes To The Modern, a textual celebration of some of the best women in music.

Panellists will discuss a range of issues, including the representation of women in music history, the particular struggles women musicians/DJs of colour may face, the demise/reincarnation of riot grrrl, press attention to women in bands, and the complexities of the ‘all-girl band’ in relation to insidious sexism, homophobia, classism and racism that circulate in underground and popular music spaces.

Afterwards, we’ll head to Harrison’s bar where the panellists will provide special one-off DJ sets. We hope you’ll be able to join us there for more chat, dancing and hanging out!

Thursday 16th October, 7pm. Free entry to both venues. Everyone welcome. WE CAN’T WAIT.

Facebook event here. More info on Off the Shelf here.

Note: This event was inspired by Julia’s book, Women Make Noise, and will focus primarily on women’s experiences of music culture but we also welcome people attending to share other experiences relating to gender and sexuality in music, especially non-binary and genderqueer perspectives.


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(Above L – R: Alanna McArdle; Julia Downes; Stephanie Phillips; Sarita Karir)

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