Where to Spend International Women’s Day if you Love Music

This Wednesday (08/03/17) marks International Women’s Day, the global celebration for cultural, political and social achievements of women worldwide. All whilst calling to action the hurrying of gender equality. With the Women’s March from back in January being the largest global protest of all time, Wednesday marks a day where global celebration of creativity and diversity can kick back into action once again.

We’ve selected the gigs and music events we feel would be fitting ways to celebrate the day, including Sofar Sounds, a Rough Trade in-store and London’s finest punk night. Don’t forget to check out all the other numerous events taking place on International Women’s Day right here.


She Drew the Gun & Hannah Lou Clark, Rough Trade East

Showcasing the talents of two exceptional acts, Shoreditch’s Rough Trade East plays host to live sets from She Drew the Gun and Hannah Lou Clark in celebration of International Women’s Day. Both come accompanied with a reading from author Lavinia Greenlaw with experts from her book The Importance of Music to Girls, with free entry making the event a bit of a no-brainer.

Free Entry

Sofar Sounds, Manchester

Marking the third Sofar Sounds event for International Women’s Day, the global initiative to host gigs (practically) anywhere turns to Manchester for 2017’s event. As per with Sofar Sounds, the line-up is still under-wraps with a “fantastic all-female line-up and special host venue” being the only hint as to what’s in store. Oh, and don’t forget their wonderful BYOB rule.

Tickets available via ballot entry

Safe Gigs for Women, Tooting Tram & Social

Launched back in 2015, Safe Gigs for Women aims to eradicate sexual harassment within live music settings by working with the artists, venues and promoters. In honour of International Women’s Day, Tooting Tram & Social hosts to a striking collective of women to celebrate the evening of the event.

Tickets available from DICE

POW! Thanet

Now into their second year, POW! Thanet takes place across the three main towns of Thanet, Kent aiming to “challenge, inspire and excite our audiences with a wide variety of events” for International Women’s Day. Spread across four days, event will see the likes of Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and singer-songwriter Andreya Triana crop up alongside numerous panels, discussions and exhibitions.

Full programme available here

Dance Like I’ve Got Diamonds

Anyone down for a night of riot girl punk and feminism should look no further than London’s George Tavern, celebrating International Women’s Day with the city-based promoters Dance Like I’ve Got Diamonds. The event is run in conjunction with Girls Against, the activist group aiming to end sexual harassment at gigs and shows.

Tickets available from here

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