LOUD WOMEN Fest, the biggest female-fronted festival in the UK, has announced its return for 2021.

The fifth edition of the event will take place on Saturday 20 March at 229 The Venue in London, with the volume turned up higher than ever thanks to an Arts Council project grant.

Founder Cassie Fox said: “The aim of the festival is to show how many incredible womxn-powered bands are out there, as a counter to every other festival – those that struggle to even book 50% female acts.

“In starting and growing the LOUD WOMEN community, I wanted to curate top quality, safe-space gigs that showcased some of the awesome womxn-powered bands in the scene, and to create a community of womxn musicians to support each other.” 

Bang Bang Romeo will headline LOUD WOMEN Fest 5.

Headlining LOUD WOMEN Fest 2021 will be Bang Bang Romeo, a four-piece rock band from Doncaster/Sheffield way. In summer 2019 they played a 24-date stadium tour with Pink across the UK and Europe, as well as selling out their own UK headline dates last year. The band’s debut album is out now and reached No. 4 in the iTunes chart.

Fox said: “I am super-excited that Bang Bang Romeo are coming to play LOUD WOMEN Fest 5. They are just explosive live, and Stars is such a driven and inspiring frontwoman, with a phenomenal voice – the perfect headliner for a festival celebrating female musical power!”

Early bird tickets for LOUD WOMEN Fest are available now HERE at a special price of £16. More than 20 other artists are set to be announced, with the event taking place across two stages.

Hands Off Gretel are among the bands who have previously played LOUD WOMEN Fest. Pic by Neil Chapman.

Previous incarnations of the Fest, which started in 2015, have showcased some of the most exciting newcomers on the DIY, punk and indie scene, such as Vodun, Grace Petrie, Desperate Journalist, Hands Off Gretel, Petrol Girls, Pleasure Venom & The Menstrual Cramps.

Building quite a following over the years, LOUD WOMEN received over 500 applications from all over the world from artists wanting to play the forthcoming Fest. 

The organisation has grown through word-of-mouth to become a thriving global community, with new chapters springing up in the US, Canada, Australia and Ireland, and an influential new music blog. In London alone, LOUD WOMEN has hosted over 100 gigs, showcasing over 300 artists.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner