2019 is all about UK music festivals mixing things up. And that can be anything from adding in a wellness offering to being hosted in unexpected locations.
And one music festival that definitely fits into this mould is the HearHer Festival.
Taking place from 11-13 October 2019 this pioneering festival for women in music is the only UK festival to boast a 100 per cent female bill and will be headlined by Manchester synth-pop star SHURA and Derry-born indie-folk prodigy SOAK.
Brit-Award winning singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will be curating Friday night at the event and acting as DJ, joined by X Factor and Eurovision singer Saara Aalto.
Other confirmed acts include YouTube star turned cross-over indie artist Hannah Trigwell and Sheffield-based band Bang Bang Romeo – with lead singer Anastacia dazzling with an awe-inspiring vocal range – who’ll join the festival fresh from supporting P!nk on her European stadium tour.
Cat Burns, LANTA, Lots Holloway, Toya Delazy, Kal Lavelle, LAKY, The Coaltown Daisies, Charlotte Carpenter, Katey Brooks and Xylaroo will also be lighting up the stage at the festival.
And if all that wasn’t enough the festival will be set in acres of beautiful Dorset woodland close to miles of glorious sandy beaches. The perfect excuse for a mini-break anyone?
The range of accommodation options on offer include everything from camping to a range of stylish lodges at Dorset’s Sandford Holiday Park.
Co-founded and produced by singer-songwriter and actor Heather Peace – who’ll also perform at the end of this groundbreaking weekend – the festival aims to ‘promote female empowerment and diminish inequality and discrimination in the music industry’. The HearHer company is also looking to help female artists with bursaries towards record production costs.
Curator and Festival Ambassador KT Tunstall said, “I am incredibly proud to be a founding supporter of the HearHer Festival. It is an enormous challenge to launch a new music festival, and with only approximately 19% of festival acts having a female member, vastly more challenging to do so with an all-female line up. By being a curator at this year’s festival, I am thrilled to be able to play my part in working towards gender equality on festival line-ups.”
Co-founder Heather Peace adds, “Being the co-founder and artistic director of the HearHer is one of the things I am professionally most proud of. We’ve created a festival that nurtures new talent alongside established, brilliant female artists and female led bands. It’s time the major festivals realised that the gender imbalance just isn’t good enough.
“There are brilliant women making music all over the world and not being heard. At HearHer, I believe we have created an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can feel safe to enjoy themselves and party. I want HearHer be a place where women support women in their careers, in front of and behind the scenes. When we all work together, with the support of our brothers too, we can really make a difference for girls and women.”