International Women’s Day (IWD) is playing a key part in closing the inequality gap by empowering and celebrating women in music. From mixing engineers to A&R to label owners to booking agents to tour managers to artists to promoters and entrepreneurs. Andrea Trout pointed out a quote from Actionaid which sums it up perfectly;
“Women’s contributions to society often go un-celebrated. Whether it’s our mothers, friends or our female heroes, IWD is a great chance to appreciate the amazing women who’ve inspired us.”
This year we wanted to shine a light on key women in the Mancunian music scene, asking why IWD is important and how they’ll be celebrating on 8th March 2020. Manchester’s music scene is legendary, and the women who are making serious moves in the music industry are making it a heck of a lot more interesting.
These are the Manchester women in music that you need to know about.
Andrea TroutMartha MarthaAnna CooperaaliceRebecca Never BeckySian RobertsKatie HughesSteffi AllattRivca Burns
Andrea Ahimie-Carthy aka Andrea Trout is one of Manchester’s music scene most dynamic and integral personalities. As a DJ, radio host and hero supporting women into music via her work at Brighter Sound, new collective Eves’Drop (“we might be taking it on tour!”) and programming female DJs (We Out Here Festival) to address poor representation of female acts, particularly from different ethnicities at festivals and the music industry in general.
“IWD celebrates womanhood and supports women to stand up against human rights issues around the world. I’ll be celebrating here at Suffragette City at the Refuge.
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“IWDay gives visibility to an under-represented group of people. What started as a campaign for suffrage (among other things) has become both a celebration of strength and a pretty sick party. It’s important to remember the complexity of the definition of womxn, and to welcome members of the LGBTQI+ community to the celebration. This year NBFG is teaming up with our favourite collectives to bring you a sober event where you can meet some badass babes in Manchester’s music biz.”
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“IWD is important because it recognises the achievements of women, which are still disproportionately unrecognised and serves as a call for activism to deal with gender inequalities. I’ll be celebrating with a 6 hour AHoD takeover of Limbo Radio 4-10pm, 8th March. We’re also joining forces with Leeds-based Equaliser and FLAW Collective to host DJ workshops and after-party at Gut Level – details dropping soon on socials!”
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Alice is a force to be reckoned with as one of the Meat Free collective and powerhouse behind Under One Roof – a clubnight opening up the dancefloor to adults with learning and physical disabilities. Her series of FLOOR talks looked discrimination and intersectionality.
“We need IWD not only to celebrate the achievements of women, but to highlight injustices in our society. We’re still a long way off true equality in the music industry. I’m lucky to work with incredible women and strong male allies everyday in the Manchester scene and hope we can all continue to blaze a trail together.”
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Rebecca Never Becky
Stalwart on the Mancheseter DJ circuit (including residencies at Albert Schloss, Limbo Radio and Reform Radio) as Mix-Stress and head honcho at RNB Productions, an events collective showcasing talent from the BAME, LGBT+ & QTIPOC community Rebecca Swarray is a busy lady.
“International Women’s Day is integral for acknowledging all the amazing womxn that have come before us and paved the way for representation and inclusivity. I’ll be celebrating by spinning some tunes at the wonderful Suffragette in the City at The Refuge and Fruity Brunch the following day at Cultureplex.”
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“International Women’s Day has taken off in Manchester with all sorts of amazing talks and events taking place across the city celebrating brilliant women. This year I’ll be tuning into Reform Radio on the day and watching comedian Richard Herring’s Twitter as he responds to every single tweet asking ‘..but when is International Men’s Day?’ (it’s 19 November in case you were wondering.)”
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“IWD is an important occasion for the electronic music scene in Manchester. When I came here in 2014 club nights were almost all male headliners booked by men. In recent years the scene has blossomed into a more equal space with extremely talented women stepping into the forefront. NBFAG can’t wait to host our IWD event encouraging networking between fellow female DJs and producers in a sober environment!”
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Megastar in the making at Resident Advisor and Meat Free, Steffi is one half of in-demand DJ duo Blasha & Allatt, and a producer with features in Fabric, Mixmag and Red Bull highlighting her work in the MF collective. Steffi and her cohorts are putting Manchester’s music scene on the global electronic music map.
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