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Women to the Front: Celebrating our favourite female and non-binary musicians

Looking for some sweet tunes this International Women's Day? We've got you covered

We are absolutely blessed to be able to celebrate all the incredible women and non-binary people doing incredible things this International Women’s Day.

And this celebration wouldn’t be complete without celebrating the musicians – both legendary and up and coming, international and Australian – that fill our ears and lives with beautiful sounds each and every day.

The below playlist is nowhere near exhaustive, in fact it barely scratches the surface of what is a beautiful, thriving and important part of our music industry. But we know there is a long long road ahead until we can ensure equal representation for women and non-binary artists across the live and recorded music industry – across the music industry as a whole.

So today, take some time to listen, to discover someone new, or rediscover someone you haven’t listened to in a while. And then go out and buy a ticket to their show, or share their music with your friends. Because International Women’s Day is more than just a 24-hour celebration – it is the beginning of a conversation that should stretch on for the next 365 days.

International Women’s Day Playlist

Take a listen to some of our favourite tracks – perfect for every hangout, road trip, and bedroom dance party.

On the road

Want to check out some of these artists in the place they truly shine? Lucky for us, there is a stack of tours coming up, ready and waiting for you.

Alex Lahey

She’s been storming across venues right around the world, now Aussie indie rocker Alex Lahey is set to play some of the biggest stages of her career when she supports Canadian musician City & Colour. Her incredible sophomore album The Best Of Luck Club dropped last year and gave us tunes like ‘Unspoken History’ (check it out above), however not one to slow down, she’s just followed the record up with a class new single ‘Sucker For Punishment’. The grungy track hits just as hard as Lahey’s live show, so make sure you get down to these shows early to check her out next month. Tickets are on sale here.

  • Wednesday 15 April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
  • Wednesday 22 April – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
  • Friday 24 April – Forum Melbourne
  • Saturday 25 April – Forum Melbourne

Ani DiFranco

The mother of the DIY movement and absolute feminist icon Ani DiFranco is getting ready to grace our stages with her brilliance and we cannot wait. DiFranco’s music brings together everything from punk to funk, hip-hop, jazz, soul, and electronica, and has seen her share stages with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Bragg, and Michael Franti, while her collaborators include legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker and Prince. If you have never witnessed DiFranco on stage, this is the perfect opportunity. Tickets are on sale here.

  • Thursday 9 April – State Theatre, Sydney

Baby Animals

With hits like ‘Early Warning’, ‘One Word’,  ‘Rush You’, and ‘Painless’ in their arsenal, Baby Animals have had a hugely fruitful 30-year career – so of course, the best celebration is to release a Greatest Hits record and package all the best bits up together. The only other way to celebrate is by hitting the road, which thankfully is exactly what the ’90s rockers have in store for us. Before you head along, make sure you check out their incredible cover of The Angels tune ‘Marseilles’. Tickets are on sale here.

  • Saturday 7 March – Mackay Park, Batemans Bay (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 14 March – Kiama Showground, NSW (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 21 March – Gateway Lakes, Wodonga (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 28 March – North Gardens, Ballarat (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Sunday 29 March – Seppeltsfield Barossa, SA (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 4 April – Lazy River Estate, Dubbo (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Sunday 5 April – Bella Vista Farm, NSW (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 11 April – The Amphitheatre, Darwin (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 18 April – Barlow Park, Cairns (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 25 April – Mornington Racecourse, VIC (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Sunday 26 April – Noosa District Sports Complex, QLD (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 29 August – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul

Bhad Bhabie

Pint-sized rapper and social media personality Bhad Bhabie is bold, brash, and puts on an incredible live show. The 16-year-old rap prodigy is making her way back to Aussie shores, and she’s locked in a run of headline shows just for her biggest fans. These will be her first headline shows Down Under in two years. After coming to international attention when she was just 13 years old, Bhabie has transformed into a platinum-selling hip-hop sensation. You don’t want to miss this show. Tickets are on sale here.

  • Wednesday 6 May – Fortitude Music Hall

Confidence Man

You haven’t been to a party until you’ve danced with Confidence Man. The Brisbane quartet know how to put on a show for the ages, and this May they’ll be performing their first Australian headline shows in two years. While Clarence, Reggie, and Sugar sure know how to put on a show, we really are here for the captivating, effervescent stage presence of Janet Planet. What an absolute team. Tickets are on sale here.

  • Saturday 16 May – Forum Melbourne
  • Friday 22 May – The Tivoli Brisbane

Killing Heidi

Aussie pop-rock darlings Killing Heidi are ready to head out on their first national tour in more than a decade and the news has us stoked. It has been two huge decades since the Hooper siblings took Australian music lovers by storm with their single ‘Kettle’. It laid the perfect foundation for their breakthrough debut album Reflector to take the world by storm in 2000. Singles like ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ ensured Reflector would go on to become one of the most loved pop-rock albums in Australian music, and cemented Killing Heidi as an unshakeable force. Fronted by the inimitable Ella Hooper, on the live stage it is like Killing Heidi never left.

  • Saturday 7 March – Mackay Park, Batemans Bay (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 14 March – Kiama Showground, NSW (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 21 March – Gateway Lakes, Wodonga (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 28 March – North Gardens, Ballarat (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Sunday 29 March – Seppeltsfield Barossa, SA (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 4 April – Lazy River Estate, Dubbo (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Sunday 5 April – City Beach Reserve, WA (By The C)
  • Saturday 11 April – The Amphitheatre, Darwin (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 18 April – Barlow Park, Cairns (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 25 April – Mornington Racecourse, VIC (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Sunday 26 April – Noosa District Sports Complex, QLD (Red Hot Summer Tour)
  • Saturday 29 August – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul

L7

Legendary Los Angeles grunge band L7 are heading back our way for another loud and powerful run of shows. The band were among the most influential of the 90s, serving as a formidable all-female force in a scene in which women were under-represented. The band were in Australia in 2016, where they proved that they have lost none of their power, and now they will return to show us how the songs from this year’s comeback record Scatter The Rats stand up in the live arena. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Friday 22 May – Forum Melbourne

Lindsey Stirling

After three years, electronic violinist, dancer and composer, Lindsey Stirling is on her way to Australia. The electronic music impresario has quietly and humbly become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music and while the studio versions are incredible, on the live stage is the only true way to experience Stirling’s magic. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Wednesday 13 May – Fortitude Music Hall Brisbane
  • Friday 15 May – State Theatre, Sydney

Mallrat

Her latest single ‘Charlie’ – written about her beloved family dog – is still getting us in the feels, and now Mallrat will take the single, alongside the rest of the glittery tracks from her recent EP Driving Music, on the road this May and June. 2019 saw her supporting King Princess, Allday and Maggie Rogers, playing festivals like Stonefest and Wildlands, and taking on what were her biggest headline shows to date. This time around she is stepping things up further, bringing her magic to some of Australia’s favourite stages. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Forum Melbourne – Saturday 23 May *SOLD OUT*
  • Forum Melbourne – Sunday 24 May
  • The Tivoli Brisbane – Friday 5 June (18+)
  • The Tivoli Brisbane – Saturday 6 June (U18 – matinee)
  • The Tivoli Brisbane – Saturday 6 June (18+ – evening) *SOLD OUT*

Patti Smith

Watching Patti Smith perform live is an unforgettable experience. When the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee last landed on our shores in 2017, for a performance at Bluesfest and a string of headline shows, we were told they would be her last Down Under. That when she said goodbye to fans and stepped off the stage, she would never return. Following that tour, Smith took home the Helpmann Award for Best International Contemporary Concert – a truly fitting farewell to a legend. But thankfully, things have changed. Don’t miss the legend that is Patti Smith next month. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Tuesday 21 April – Forum Melbourne, VIC *SOLD OUT*
  • Wednesday 22 April – Forum Melbourne, VIC *SOLD OUT*
  • Thursday 23 April – Forum Melbourne, VIC – NEW SHOW

Phoebe Bridgers 

If you have been alerted to the very exciting The National Australian tour news, we hope you haven’t missed the fact that Phoebe Bridgers is joining the entire tour. We are always here to support the support acts, but in this case, it is an absolute must. Hailing from Los Angeles, Bridgers released her debut album Stranger In The Alps in 2017,  with haunting, introspective songs that garnered widespread comparisons to songwriters like Elliott Smith and Joni Mitchell. In the last 12 months, she has continued her roll, teaming up with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus to release an EP as boygenius and joining forces with Conor Oberst for a full-length album under the guise Better Oblivion Community Centre. Her Australian return comes off the back of a sold-out headline tour in 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Friday 27 March @ Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
  • Saturday 28 March @ Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
  • Monday 30 March @ Palais Theatre, Melbourne
  • Tuesday 31 March @ Palais Theatre, Melbourne
  • Wednesday 1 April @ Palais Theatre, Melbourne

The Preatures

High-voltage Sydney rockers The Preatures are exactly what you want a live band to be, and standing right at the front is none other than livewire vocalist Isabella Manfredi. Frenetic, energetic, spontaneous are just some of the words you can use to describe their live show. After forming in 2010, the Preatures have unveiled two EPs and two ARIA Top 20 albums, specifically breakthrough debut Blue Planet Eyes (2014) and Girlhood (2017). Now the rockers are set to bring the storm to Dylan Alcott’s Ability Fest next month, and with a stacked lineup surrounding them, it is sure to be one heck of a day in the sun. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Saturday 4 April – Coburg Velodrome, Melbourne (Ability Fest)

Thelma Plum & Kira Puru

Thelma Plum has had a massive twelve months. Following the release of her stunning debut album Better In Blak, the young Gamilaraay singer-songwriter is set to take her Homecoming Queen tour on the road. If you haven’t been lucky enough to witness Plum’s energy and tunes live on stage, now is the time to change it. From her incredible vocal, to her catchy pop tunes, and of course her relatable stage banter, you won’t leave disappointed.  Adding to the night, she’s being supported by explosive pop artist Kira Puru, making for, what’s sure to be, a stellar concert. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Friday 19 June – Forum Melbourne
  • Friday 26 June – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
  • Saturday 4 July – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane

Tones and I

Is there a bigger Australian artist right now than Tones and I? We don’t think so. Fresh off the back of some standout sets at Laneway Festival, the global breakout artist will be bringing her swag of killer, catchy tunes to venues right around the country. It’s hard not to love a single as catchy as ‘Dance Monkey’, and it seems the whole world agrees. Not only did Tones and I make history when she became the first artist to spend 24 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, but since its release back in May, the tune has reached #1 in 30 countries – including a record-breaking 11 weeks at #1 in the UK. Tones and I is one of the most in-demand artists in Australia right now, so this tour might just be your only chance to experience her catalogue this intimately. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Forum Melbourne – Thursday 7 May
  • Forum Melbourne – Friday 8 May * SOLD OUT*
  • Fortitude Music Hall Brisbane – Friday 15 May *SOLD OUT*
  • Fortitude Music Hall Brisbane – Sunday 17 May

Tori Kelly & WILSN

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocal powerhouse Tori Kelly has to be seen live to be believed. Her infectious, R&B-infused pop is sure to leave you feeling all the feels. Her latest album, Inspired By True Events, marks a striking departure from the bright and breezy pop of Tori’s 2015 debut album as Kelly shares honest and true stories from her life. Supporting Tori Kelly is WILSN, whose captivating stage presence is only matched by her vocal prowess. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Wednesday 15 April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

WAAX

It’s hard to deny the fact that Waax are one of the finest punk acts Australia currently has to offer. And fronted by the inimitable force that is Maz DeVita, the past few years have seen the band establish themselves as one of the most razor-sharp, hardest-hitting acts you’ll find. Whether it’s festival stages, small bandrooms, or national arenas, there aren’t many venues in this country that haven’t been greeted by a little blood and sweat at the hands of Waax, and now with their debut album Big Grief in hand they are ready to add some more to the list. Tickets are on sale now.

  • The Tivoli Brisbane – Friday 17 April

International Women’s Day takes place on Sunday 8 March. Don’t miss when all these incredible artists take to stages around Australia throughout the year. Tickets to all these shows are on sale now.

 

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