With a female focused line up, Boudica Festival (named after the warrior queen thought to have stood her final battle against the Romans just north of Coventry) is a unique event that gives a platform to and celebrates the wealth and diversity of womxn and non-binary talent in the music industry both on the stage and behind the scenes.
Womxn and non binary artists have always been underrepresented in all aspects of the music industry. Low womxn representation is an industry wide problem, with a growing awareness seeing many festivals being called out for their male dominated lineups. The response from some festival organisers has been there are not enough womxn musicians out there to book. Boudica Festival however seeks to change this opinion by showcasing womxn and non-binary musicians from across a wide spectrum of musical genres across 3 stages showing this is more than possible.
This year’s festival will the launch of a new Music Video Competition, which invites filmmakers/musicians to submit music videos that they have worked on which celebrates womxn in front of and behind the camera. During the festival the shortlisted entries will be screened, followed by the announcement of the best music video which will be judged by an all-female panel of creatives. The winner will win a prize of £100. More information on the music video competition can be found here: http://boudicafestival.co.uk/
This year will see three stages of live music including a local artists stage, showcasing the best up and coming talent in Coventry. Alongside the live music there will be DJ and music coding workshops for budding musicians as well as stalls filled with arts and crafts from local artists.
A long term aim of the festival, in addition having a stellar female line-up, has been to form an all womxn events crew, using the expertise of womxn sound engineers, lighting technicians and stage managers. This year we are very proud to have reached that goal. As well as providing a platform, we want to highlight the opportunities available to womxn within the music industry other than performing.
Boudica Festival is a project run by The Tin Music and Arts, which is PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner.
“Women make up 60% of interns, 59% of entry-level business roles, but only 30% of senior executive positions in the music industry.” UK Music Diversity Survey 2016
“Women make up only 14% of PRS for music writers and performers.” PRS For Music Foundation
“Women account for about 5% of all audio engineers and producers.” Women’s Audio Mission (www.womensaudiomission.org)
QUOTE FROM THE ORGANISERS
“As women who have worked in the music and events industries for numerous years, this is a subject that’s very close to our hearts. It is great to see that positive steps are being taken to bring equality to the music industry, however we don’t think this is happening fast enough which is why we want to challenge the festival industry by running a specially curated music festival that showcases the best up and coming female and non-binary artists across a wide range of genres. If we can host an entire festival of female artists what is stopping them from upping their female representation on their lineup?
We hope that the event provides people, whatever their gender, a place to discover new music, try something new at one of our workshops and ultimately inspire individuals to kick-start a career in the music industry!”
FULL LINE UP INFORMATION
SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER: LIVE MUSIC
£13 Under 18s & Students / £16 Advance
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MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
* Womxn is used to express gender fluidity and inclusivity