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FEMALE IS NOT A GENRE: A debate in Bristol

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 guest speakers and our host, TWIL co-founder, Emma Hooper. The talk will be followed by an open forum where you can ask questions of our panel.

Expect a hands on discussion looking at the culture of musicians being labelled ‘female’ (‘female drummer’, ‘female singer’, ‘female songwriter), the sexism behind the craze (as Caitlin Moran says, to figure out if some sexism is happening at you, ask if the same applies to men), and also the benefit, need or desire to identify as female in the music industry, or just, as a human. 

Tickets available here for £4 from
6pm Meet & Greet
7pm Debate
8-11pm DJ set with Miss Radida!

Fyfe Hall
(upstairs) Trinity Centre
Trinity Rd

Your speakers for the day:

Emma Hooper:
TWIL co-founder will be mediating and leading the discussion. Emma lectures in commercial music at Bath Spa University, and has written and presented papers internationally on the topic of gender in music. She plays viola (mostly) for her own project Waitress For The Bees and sessions in many others, and her debut novel ‘Etta & Otto & Russell & James’ is smashing it on an international stage with Penguin!

Anya Pearson:
In 2013 Anya was the first (we think), to edit the Reading and Leeds music festival poster to reveal the female performers on the line up, and wrote this piece on women’s presence at festivals for The Guardian:
Anya was Assistant Editor at the Fabian Society, has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and LabourList. Plus Anya is a Songwriter and guitarist for London band @LeisureBand and Policy Communications Adviser at @soapboxcoms.

Roxanne de Bastion:
A wonderful singer songwriter born and raised in Berlin and now a resident of London. Roxanne recently wrote this piece on our topic! published by The Girls Are (GREAT London based online mag, check them out!) in response to this years release of the Reading and Leeds line up

Eva Lazarus:
A singer and rapper in a huge variety of bands and session work including Dub Mafia, Mr Benn, Snareophobe, Eva has recently been developing her solo work. She has also been seen as the face of Bristol clothing line ‘Dutty’ and No. 7.