» My Marvellous Musical Weekend – Bedlam at Jamboree, Sunny Soho Clit Rock She Makes War
The last instalment of my whirlwind weekend was a night at The Lexington for Clit Rock II – a night organised by my dear friend and collaborator Dana Jade (whose debut album is out tomorrow, wahoo!) to raise awareness of and funds for Daughters Of Eve, a group campaigning to end female genital mutilation (FGM). This is a very real and current problem, a barbaric practice that happens in the UK today and needs to be brought to light, so it was a real honour to be part of a night of eclectic music.
As I excitedly shouted between bands (this is what a compere does, apparently), not only does Clit Rock provide a space to raise awareness about FGM but it’s an important platform to present an eclectic and excellent selection of female-led music. On my recent 22 date tour around the UK there were less than 10 female musicians on the bill (probably more around 6 or 7), so I continue to believe that alongside working hard and integrating ourselves in to the fabric of this country’s music scene it’s our responsibility to make things easier and more fun for younger women by making things happen – putting on shows, going to shows, blogging, taking photos and just generally being nice… Hats off to Dana Jade for showing once again that you can have a consistently brilliant bill of music and – oh, yes! – most of the band members can be women.
As I also said on stage last night, all these artists need your support! If you like what you hear you can TELL THEM / buy their music / click “like” / follow them on Facebook/Twitter / go and see a show / tell 5 friends – more suggestions in my “A Call To Arms” post here.
What a wonderful weekend – thanks to everyone involved!! X