Ladyfuzz is a collective that celebrates women and trans folk in DIY music and art. Created by Lucinda Livingstone of Kamikaze Girls, they publish and distribute zines and put on gigs. The lineup for the first Ladyfuzz Fest yesterday was incredibly solid. A great mix of smaller up-and-coming bands, local heroes, and bigger bands from further afield, with a real sense of community among the bands, crowd, and stalls. It was a marathon day, starting at 3 and ending around 10.30, with a total of ten bands playing. The venue was pretty much packed from the start, with some people drifting in and out, but many staying from the first band to the last.
A raffle was also run during the event in aid of the Repeal the 8th campaign, with bands and stalls donating something to the prize. The vote in Ireland over crucial abortion rights is on the 25th of May. If you have Irish friends of family members, talk to them and support them over the next few weeks. If they can get over to Ireland to vote, do everything you can to make that happen. I also picked up a great zine on reproductive justice put together by Dream Nails (available for £2 on Bandcamp with all proceeds going to the Abortion Support Network).
I only saw half of the bands, because I had to leave for a couple of hours to take a break for my own health. I was also only able to photograph three – a testament to how packed it was, but here are all the links I can find to each band’s page, along with any photos I managed to take. All the bands I saw were great, and I have no doubt every band I didn’t manage to catch was also amazing.
The Menstrual Cramps
The Winter Passing
Thank you to Ladyfuzz for organising the event, Liv for organising the raffle, every band for playing and being great, every stall for also being great, and pretty much just everyone who made it a great day.
If anyone wants to use my photos, please feel free and just credit my blog (either the website itself of my facebook page) in the caption.