10 all-female bands that you need to know

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden

This March we are celebrating Women’s History Month, and in the run up to International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March), we want to celebrate the women who are doing amazing things in live music right now.

While most people may associate girl groups like the Spice Girls with girl power, there’s a certain something when women are up on stage playing their songs for themselves. The power and raw energy that all-female bands exude on stage is thrilling to watch, and it’s certainly not something anyone should miss out on. That’s why we have put together a list of 10 all-female bands that you definitely need to know. 

The Amorettes

A regular support act for the likes of Ash and veterans of festivals like Download, Scottish hard rockers The Amorettes released their fourth album Born to Break in 2018, which charted at #13 in the Scottish Album Charts thanks to its catchy riffs and solos galore.

While two of the band’s founding members the McKay sisters have left the Amorettes just in the past few weeks, the show is set to go on as singer Gill Montogomery says the band will still tour with Terrorvision this May, albeit with new personnel.

Big Joanie

London punk trio Big Joanie are a band of three women of colour started by guitarist Stephanie Phillips as she wanted to add some much needed intersectionality to the UK DIY scene.

Big Joanie released their debut LP Sistahs last year and got positive reviews from the Guardian and Rolling Stone. The trio will be playing a few shows across the UK this spring including an appearance at Manchester Punk Festival.

Bikini Kill

There are few feminist bands more famous than Bikini Kill. This fiery American group led by Kathleen Hannah were leaders of the riot grrl movement in the early 1990s.

Bikini Kill have just reformed after 20 years and are set to play two nights at the O2 Academy Brixton in London. Don’t miss out on what are sure to be viciously fun performances.

Dream Wife

London-based indie trio Dream Wife have taken the UK by storm since their debut self-titled album dropped last year, hitting #60 in the UK Albums Chart.

The trio, led by Icelander Rakel Mjöll, are starting to become known globally, having recently embarked upon their first headlining tour in the United States. Keep an eye on this band who are sure to get even more attention over the next few years.

Hinds

Madrid quartet Hinds broke into the world’s consciousness in 2015 when they embarked on their first world tour with their sunny brand of garage rock.

Now two albums into their career, Hinds are sure to hit festivals across Europe this year as the perfect band for a pleasant summer afternoon.

Let’s Eat Grandma

Childhood friends Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth have made a name for themselves after emerging from the quirky East Anglian city of Norwich with their imaginative future-pop.

Let’s Eat Grandma’s second album I’m All Ears topped a lot of end-of-year album lists last year and they recently supported Chvrches on their latest UK tour. The East Anglian duo are surely destined for even bigger things, and a testament to the power of friendship.

Savages

Savages’ name totally sums them up. The London post-punk act’s intense debut album Silence Yourself was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Mercury Prize, as was its follow-up, 2016’s Adore Life.

Savages are currently taking a break but whenever they do re-appear for live shows, they will surely pummel gig-goers everywhere into submission. 

Sleater-Kinney

Led by the dueling voices and guitars of Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, and backed by Janet Weiss on drums, Washington trio Sleater-Kinney were one of the most influential acts in the US indie scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The trio made their long-awaited comeback in 2015 with No Cities To Love and are set to release another album this year produced by St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark.

Stealing Sheep

Playful Liverpool indie pop trio Stealing Sheep have a growing reputation in the UK with their psychedelic day-glo pop regularly featuring on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The Scouse trio are releasing their third album Big Wows this April and are set to tour the UK in late April and May. It’s bound to be a glittery experience.

Tegan and Sara

Canadian identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin have been stalwarts of the indie scene for years now and they recently turned into LGBT pop sensations with their last two albums Heartthrob and Love You To Death.

Tegan and Sara’s as-yet untitled next album is rumoured to be released this year. Whenever they do tour again, rest assured that it’s going to be big.

Make sure to celebrate your favourite all-female bands by grabbing tickets and going to a show to support them. You can find all of the above bands on TickX, or just use the search to find some of your personal favourites!

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