I guess that you may have noticed that the festivals are not very well gender balanced in their line-ups. There has been a lot of grumblings concerning this on social media, that includes the very popular Kendal Calling here in Cumbria. There are a number of reasons touted for this inequality. It’s also fair to say that Kendal Calling has improved on this issue each year. In late March this year The Guardian newspaper reported that many festivals were over 70% male dominated. So why not support this one along with your favourites. It’s called No Man’s Land and is focussed on bringing gender equality to the live music scene. Here’s all the info:
No Man’s Land was created after the team felt disappointment about the lack of gender diversity on UK festival line-ups. Taking place at Manchester multi-stage venue YES on Saturday 14th August 2021, the all day event is set to put a spotlight on some of the most exciting non-male acts in the UK right now.
Today (Wednesday 28th April) they have announced the event’s first wave of names, with some unreal acts to check out ahead of the event. London based punks Qlowski and Glaswegian riot grrrl gang Brat Coven are two of the first to be namechecked on the line-up. Hotly tipped trio bigfatbig, chillpop singer Jess Fitz, Manchester grunge 5 piece The Wine Fund, and Leeds singer-songwriter Laeeqa round off the first wave announcement.
Also, hosting the event is London based drag queen Ash Kenazi, who you may also know as the drummer of Happyness. The organisers have also paired up with Safe Gigs For Women, a vital organisation which strives to create a safer environment for female gig goers, and all ticket money raised will be going towards their cause.
The team behind the event have said: “No Man’s Land was born from anger about the lack of gender diversity on festival lineups, we’re really excited to be a force for change. Partnering with Safe Gigs For Women felt like an obvious choice to make, their work resonates within us all. With a full women/non-binary lineup, No Man’s Land is here for chaos.”
Venue: YES, Manchester
Date: Saturday, 14 Aug 2021
Doors Open: 2:30 PM Starts: 3:00 PM (until late, artists finishing around 11, afterparty TBA)
Ticket Link (going live on Friday): https://www.seetickets.com/event/no-man-s-land/yes/1842568 Early Bird Price: £12.50 plus fees
General Sale Price: £15 (DATE TBC)
Charity: Safe Gigs for Women – https://sgfw.org.uk/