Brighton’s longest running night promoting women in music, FemRock is turning 5 years old, and to celebrate, they’re throwing a hell of a party!
A star-studded lineup and some extra-special surprises have been curated to thank you for supporting them for 5 incredible years. On Fri 2 Feb from 7pm, get yourself down to Brighton’s Green Door Store.
In the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, nights like FemRock also stand apart for vocally challenging sexual harassment and having a clear zero tolerance policy for harassment, with some bands calling for ‘girls to the front’ at the start of their sets to create a safe space right by the stage, which is often dominated by men in the wider music scene.
FemRock is known for providing platforms for important local causes, going so far as to co-organise the Reclaim the Night march last November and host the after-party to raise funds for Survivors’ Network, the local Rape Crisis Centre. The music night regularly provides space for activist groups to display their leaflets, and they sell feminist merch to fund the night.
Fronted by Vicki Cook (also the organiser of Queer Prom) Caitlin Hayward-Tapp, Elliot McCullough, Jess O’Callaghan and Sebastian Causton form the team. In the 5 years it’s been running, the event has grown hugely. Vicki tells us,
“FemRock began as a University Feminist Society social event at East Slope Bar back in 2013. It brought together musicians and poetry and politics and even though there was a relatively small audience, it was an instant hit.
We outgrew East Slope Bar and moved to Latest Music Bar in Kemptown and within months we outgrew them too. Within 1 year we made it to The Green Door Store, one of the best venues in Brighton and it’s been our home ever since! I have loved every second of running FemRock as it has led me to meet some of the best people I have ever met and some of the most talented musicians and inspiring feminists and I am in total awe of every single one of them.
FemRock is and always has been about showing that women are a force to be reckoned with and I’m so proud that it has given women a platform to scream, shout, shred and pound. We are so grateful to everyone that has supported us over the last 5 years, it means the world to us to still be able to put on these nights and we hope that you’ll continue to support us in the future!”
What to expect
The First Lady of FemRock (aka Jessica Gagnon) will be back where she belongs on the FemRock stage to host this very special show! Comparing for the entire 5 years of FemRock, prepare for sequins, sparkle and sass…
“Bloom’s is vibrant, dynamic indie pop to see you through the darkest times, and keep you dancing throughout the mess of it all” – THE GIRLS ARE
“The Nyx are four tearaways from High Wycombe, four musicians who want to make an almighty racket. Thus far, all is going to plan.” – Clash
“Klae are a female-fronted four piece hailing from the seaside town of Brighton. Consisting of driven riffs and thrashing guitars one moment and atmospheric soundscapes the next, Klae effortlessly combine harmonising styles to provide a gritty edge to their catchy pop melodies.”
Brighton’s favourite monthly, DIY, not-for-profit night, showcasing and celebrating women in music, FemRock has a safer spaces policy against sexism, racism, homophobia, biphobia, queerphobia, transphobia and ableism. Any instances of the above will not be tolerated and you may be asked to leave the event.
Green Door Store has wheelchair access, is wheelchair accessible and gender-neutral toilets.
Poster artwork by Alex Wood @onesailonesea