Win A Chance To Play At Ladyfest Ten

the girls are is proud to launch Just A Girl, an all-female battle of the bands style competition, with the winners securing a live slot at Ladyfest Ten! The judging panel comprises Annette Barlow (Founder & Editor of the girls are), Ruth Barnes (The Other Woman radio), Camilla Pia (Live Editor, The Fly) and Viv Albertine (The Slits).

Open to unsigned, all-female bands and now, due to popular demand, the competition is now open to all female bands and AND solo acts.

The competition consists of three stages: online submissions and panel judging, shortlist and readers poll, and the live finale, taking place in October. The winner will be announced at the live finale, and will secure themselves a live slot at The Relentless Garage for Ladyfest Ten, performing alongside major names. For more info on how to enter, dates and regulations, visit

Not only does the competition hope to encourage young women to form bands and share their music, but also raise funds for Ladyfest Ten, the non-profit, independent cross arts festival taking place in various venues in Highbury on 12, 13 and 14 November 2010.

Annette Barlow, founder of the girls are says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for fledgling bands to promote their music and be a part of the Ladyfest Ten legacy. There is a wealth of latent female talent within the UK, often without a platform from which to launch. Not only do we hope to discover exciting new bands, we also hope to encourage young women who have perhaps not had the confidence to pursue their musical ambitions, a chance to be championed.”

More about the girls are ||
the girls are
is an independent, collaborative project, celebrating and supporting women in music: comprising everything from record store clerks and emerging musicians to iconic artists, the girls are aims to act as both a resource for readers, and supportive platform from which artists and contributors alike can gain recognition. Whilst celebrating the achievements of established female artists, we also encourage women to embark on their own projects, actively seeking out unsigned acts and promoting grass roots projects.

More about Ladyfest Ten ||
As well as
a varied programme of music, arts, performances, talks and workshops, Ladyfest Ten will also include an exhibition charting the Ladyfest legacy, including art, film, zines and testimonials from the iconic women who have been involved in Ladyfests during the last decade.

More about the history of Ladyfest:
The first ever Ladyfest took place in August 2000 in Olympia, Washington. Born from the influential riot grrl scene, bands that played included critically-acclaimed acts such as Sleater-Kinney, Bratmobile and The Gossip. Since then, Ladyfests have taken place in cities all over the world. An independent, non-profit and community-based festival, Ladyfest is organised entirely by volunteers and aims to be an inclusive celebration of diversity, support and discourse across feminist communities. For more details, see:

xo Tom Tom

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