Bechdel Sound Test Weekender

When: March 8 2019

Where: London, United Kingdom


Three days of live music, DJs, film screenings and family fun to celebrate International Women's Day in West Norwood, London! Celebrating women* in music and raising money for Bloody Good Period.

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Friday 8th March – 8pm – 2am
The Book & Record Bar, West Norwood
Tickets £5 via Eventbrite/£7 OTD

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We’re hosting a party to kick off our International Women’s Day 2019 weekender celebrations in West Norwood. Returning to the Book & Record Bar after 2018’s success, we’re bringing back the good vibes to SE27 with a selection of DJs playing 100% women-fronted bangers. We pride ourselves on finding on providing a friendly, non -judgemental environment where everyone is welcome!

DJ Line up

Emma Jackson (Kenickie)  

Emma Jackson (Kenickie) will be playing music from The Supremes to The Slits to Solange and other stuff that may or may not start with an S. 
Kenickie, fronted by BBC 6 Music Presenter Lauren Laverne, were credited as having inspired a wave of mainstream female guitar bands that emerged in the wake of their split. She is now a Sociology lecturer @ Goldsmiths and will forever remain an integeral part of the Britpop & Riot Girrl band history. We salute you Emma and can’t wait to have you on the decks!

Max Tundra

Max Tundra aka Ben Jacobs is a London-based musician, producer and DJ. Most recently he produced, wrote and performed on Daphne & Celeste’s 2018 comeback album. A feminist and ally, he’ll be playing anything from folk (Joni Mitchell), modular synth (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith), avant techno (Holly Herndon) and orchestral jazz (Laura Mvula).

Sadly, Ben will not be wearing this incredible leotard for the event

Kath Gifford (Stereolab, Snowpony)

Bechdel DJs

The Bechdel crew will also be sure to play your favourite female fronted bangers

Saturday Live Bands

Saturday 9th March – 8pm – 1am
The Book & Record Bar, West Norwood
Tickets £6 via Eventbrite/£8 OTD

We have invited some of the finest female and non-binary fronted local talent to The Book & Record Bar for Saturday Sheningans, as we have a band line up for the first time! We will also be raising money on the night for Bloody Good Period, which provides period supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them!

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Here’s our Line Up…

Xylo Aria

Xylo Aria is a plastic bag hating, keep cup loving, menstrual cup wearing singer/producer. In her opinion, there is no better medium than music through which to discuss the issues which in some way impact all of us. She’s recently moved into self-production, allowing her to bring these goals to the forefront of her music creation and has tackled topics such as animal rights and conformity in her music

Influences: FKA Twigs, The Weeknd, James Blake & Banks 

Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something

*Solo mission by Jemma Freeman, expect high energy performances and compositions of cosmic content*

The Cosmic Something is the first solo project by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jemma Freeman. Known previously for their songwriting and guitar work with dreamy psych band Landshapes (Bella Union) and new wave art band The Fucks, Jemma has taken these two approaches and tinged them with energetic glam rock. She’s also graced the airwaves on Tom Robinson (6 Music) & Jon Kennedy (Radio X) and received praise for her recent performance at Rockaway Beach by Drowned in Sound

Influences: Throwing Muses, Captain Beefheart, PJ Harvey, Cyndi Lauper & T-Rex

Art Trip & The Static Sound

Expect Feminist Psychadellica & Acid Punk, and knack for societal commentary, righteous anger, and political rage but pulling from a broader musical palette than just ‘70s punk. They’ve caught the ears of BBC 6 Music on Steve Lamacq, Iggy Pop, Tom Ravenscroft to name a few. Lead Singer Melodie Holliday is active within Decolonise Collective & Loud Women as well as being a mother to two members of Skinny Girl Diet, themselves no stranger to healthy feminist meander!

Influences: Sonic Youth, X-Ray Spex, The Damned & Hole

Credit: Keira Cullinane

Tits of Death (DJ Set)

Tits of Death were an awesome all-girl rockband based in London.  Once described by Time Out as a cross between the Shangri-Las and Slayer, they were christened a ’10 breasted rock machine’ by The Londonist.  Their unusual line-up consisted of two basses, bad-ass guitar, synth, drum machine and a singer so powerful she once blew out a PA.  Together they rocked people’s faces off across Europe, playing shows in Barcelona, Berlin, Porto, Malmo and the UK – everything from the 100 Club to Madame Jojos to co-headlining Hawkfest on Hawkwind’s personal request.  Their raison detre?  Blood red lipstick, fishnets, hairspray, plentiful snacks and a killer heel.

T.o.D.’s very own Titania Tornado and Miss Kitty Darling are reuniting to grease the wheels of steel with the very best female-fronted tracks and girl-rock-heroes.

Sunday Film

Skate Kitchen (15) & Q&A featuring Nefarious Crew & Sam Bruce
Sunday 10th March – 1pm
West Norwood Picturehouse
Tickets £8 from Picturehouse Site

In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, falls out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skater boy (Smith) – but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. Crystal Moselle immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them to give the film authenticity. Skate Kitchen precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.

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