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Amy Hydes on music and theatre (and blood and guts and gore)

This Thursday we’re throwing back to Mayfest and the wonderful world of women in theatre. Amy Hydes is a theatre-maker, music-lover, actor, comedian, clown and writer. She’s got a lotta hats. We caught up with Amy to find out more about theatre, music and the benefits of collaboration. You’ve studied drama, English and clowning in…

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Salt, a not-so-quiet trauma

  My first step towards Salt, the compelling new solo show from Leeds-based artist Selina Thompson, is wrong-footed. Miscommunication has the friend I’m going to see it with thinking it’s on at Tobacco Factory, so we decide to drive. But it’s on at Arnolfini. In the centre of Bristol. At 6.30pm. On a sunny Friday….

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Women to Watch – Mayfest 2016

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It’s back! Mayfest is back. Bristol’s unique annual festival of contemporary theatre launched yesterday, 12 May, and promises to be as unusual, playful and ambitious as ever. Mayfest Radio is back too, broadcasting 24/7 from the beating heart of the festival. This year we’ve been given the honour of hosting some live shows. We’ll be…

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The Canteen is Listening – another week of women!

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Last November we worked alongside the good people of Bristol’s most frequented free live music venue, The Canteen, to bring you a week of music featuring women, plus a drop in and workshops, to present a week long residency. This month to coincide with International Women’s Day, they’re at it again, this time off their…

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Bristol Residency: Drop-In, Workshops & Gigs

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The World is Listening are pleased to present a week long residency on Stokes Croft in Bristol, join us at The Canteen each day for a free drop-in advice hub, and for gigs every night from 9.30pm PLUS workshops and film at The Arts House – full details below. To reserve tickets to the workshops and film at The…

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SAFFRON RECORDS – Bristol’s first Female Youth Record Label

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Last night we went along to celebrate the exciting launch of Saffron Records, a brand new music label dedicated to young women. The event was held up in Colston Hall’s vibey Terrace Bar, and featured some of Bristol’s most talented young female musicians, a varied crowd of young and old, with women behind cameras, mixing…

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FEMALE IS NOT A GENRE: A debate in Bristol

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And so we continue our quest to celebrate and represent women in music, and sparking the conversation about the cause and effect of the gender gap in the music industry. We are bringing our second public discussion in Bristol to Fyfe Hall, upstairs in the Trinity Centre, debating the topic ‘Female is not a genre’, lead by 3 excellent…

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TWIL TV Launching at Larmer Tree Festival 2015

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The World is Listening is joining the masses of music lovers in the UK this summer and heading off to a festival! We are super excited to launch our Youtube Channel, TWIL TV, at Larmer Tree Festival next week, in the glorious Larmer Tree Gardens round the border of Dorset and Wiltshire. Meet our TWIL…

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Glastonbury Through a Woman’s Eyes

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It’s a big week in the world of festivals and music here in the South West UK, and I think, probably across the world, I’m talking about Glastonbury Festival! I live a mere 25 miles from the festival site, but I won’t be attending this year, I’ll be sat at home watching Patti Smith via…

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TWIL Podcast Episode #4 – Electric Ladyland feat. Kayla Painter

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  FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US www.theworldislistening.co.uk Our podcast is available via iTunes This episode we catch up with Bristol based electronic producer Kayla Painter. Find out more about Kayla at her website: kaylapainter.wordpress.com/ Buy Kayla’s music here: kaylapainter.bandcamp.com/ Listen to other remixes and mixtapes on her soundcloud here: @misskaylapainter Follow Kayla on twitter: twitter.com/kaylapainter…

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New Music Monday – May the 4th be with you

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Rozi Plain is one of my favourites. The sound of her voice and songs and her quirky and often repetitive lyrics about life, resonate with me. And so, i am pleased to share, her third release, ‘Friend’, out on the Lost Map label NOW! The Quietus, who had the first listen a couple of weeks…

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New Music Monday – April 13

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Powerful songwriter and human Kate Stables and the the wondrous collection of musicians around her (including Rozi Plain) that are ‘This Is The Kit’ have just released a brand new album, ‘Bashed Out’ and it’s all we’re listening to, and it’s all we want you to listen to, and then when we get around to…

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New Music Monday with ADDED FACTS! March 30th

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Whilst recently catching up on one of my favourite Youtube channels, BD Film, I came across this absolutely gorgeous song by Nadine Carina. The track ‘Stars’ taken from the EP, ‘Things That People Love to Remember’ by Nadine Carina, available from http://nadinecarina.bandcamp.com     In addition to this wonderful new music I had a great…

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The World is Listening Podcast #3 – DIY feat. Melanie Flash & Vila Kula

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  FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US www.theworldislistening.co.uk Our podcast is available to subscribe to via iTunes This episode we catch up with Melanie Flash and Vila Kula, women of the punk and DIY world! Check out Mel’s soundcloud – @melanie-flash and her old band CRASH PARIS – crashparis.bandcamp.com/ Vila Kula’s band Nu,Pogodi! on Facebook –…

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New Music Monday – 23 March 2015

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Finally the new installation in the ever growing discography of Laura Marling is OUT! I have been waiting for this, my excitement growing with each exhilarating single release. I’ve been listening to Laura Marling since I first heard ‘Night Terror’ on the radio in Australia in 2008. I haven’t always loved all the songs on…

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New Music Monday – March 16 2015

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Week 3 and I seem to be, gladly, keeping up with this new ritual. It’s new music monday on BBC 6 Music today, so I thoroughly recommend you tune in, right now! We’ve already heard Countney Barnett’s ‘Pedestrian at Best’ on Lauren Laverne this morning… (love this song)     Last week Best Girl Athlete…

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Kira Kira and Grandma Lo-fi

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I just discovered Kira Kira via reading about her first feature film as director and screenwriter, Grandma Lo-fi – The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir. The film  has been celebrated in New York’s Museum of Modern Art; MoMA, CPH Dox, SXSW and a plethora of other festivals around the world. So then when you go…

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