WIMIN Festival paves the way for female artists, responding to the call for equality in the music industry.
The UK music scene is set to experience a seismic shift this summer. In response to the industry’s gender disparities, WIMIN Festival unveils the first wave of a pioneering female lineup. Headlined by unforgettable pop performer Katy J. Pearson, who is revered for her songs that slide effortlessly between lovelorn country, glittering pop, and lo-fi folk”. The festival – described as a movement – with an all-female production crew and – is managed by Scrapyard Studios CIC, a Bootle-based non-profit, working with a skilled team of partners across Merseyside and beyond to deliver WIMIN Festival to music-lovers of all genders, on Saturday 29th July when the extensive ground of the Lock and Quay, Bootle will be transformed into a 3-stage festival site.
The festival is a direct response to the needs expressed by the women who work and create in the music scene as revealed in the results of Scrapyard Studios 2022 Women in Music survey. Shockingly – or perhaps not so – 64% of women who responded said they feel unsafe in Liverpool’s music venues and 88% sought better career opportunities, marking WIMIN Festival much-needed beacon of progress – as well as an incredible, family-friendly day out this Summer.
Leading the parade of talent from the main stage, festival goers will get to experience Katy J Pearson’s singles Talk Over Town and Alligator, taken from her album Sound of the Morning described as “captivating” by The Guardian and “a sweet elixir” by NME. No stranger to the festival scene, Katy played the main-stage at Green Man 2022 as well as appearing at Latitude, Deer Shed and Blue Dot. The star’s presence at this grass-roots festival highlights the magnitude of feeling around gender inequality in music.
With the impressive first-wave also including Hushtones, Liverpool’s sparkling indie-pop 5 piece, Mica Sefia who melds neo-soul and rock influences, SOFT LAD, a multi-instrumentalist turned pop songstress, Lazygirl, an emerging pop artist with infectious tunes, Seagoth with their ethereal indie rock soundscapes, Americana/Folk-Rock band Motel Sundown, introspective and melodic performer nil00, dynamic pop artist Micayl, and Liverpool’s own dream-pop singer/songwriter, Niki Kand – WIMIN Festival is set to be the event of the Summer is one not to be missed.
We have an incredible line-up of trailblazing female artists leading the charge for the first WIMIN Festival – with loads more to come. We are so excited to be working together to forge a more equitable music scene for women.Holly Tulloch, Director of Scrapyard Studios CIC
You can buy tickets for the festival here.