International Women’s Day is due once more this year on 8 March, celebrating the achievements of women throughout history and continually pushing for equality between the genders. Bristol has once again delivered a series of events across the city to commemorate the occasion, with a mix of genres, locations and activities to publicise the cause.
We have compiled a brief rundown of events in Bristol for the weekend, with music and women at the forefront of the party.
BIMM Bristol: Inspiring Women in Music
Friday 6 March / 5:30pm – 9pm / The Crafty Egg
In association with BIMM Bristol, this student-led event combines a panel discussion, live acoustic set and networking elements to raise awareness of women in the music industry. Local and regional panelists are bought together to talk about their roles, experiences and gender equality.
This is followed by a showcase of talented local artists from the city to take us into the evening with some chilled rhythms. FREE
The Dark Side IV: Anastasia Kristensen
Friday 6 March / 10pm – late / The Island
Their first instalment of 2020 follows the success of three previous events, The Dark Side invites techno star Anastasia Kristensen for a headline set, alongside a group of fine selectors Helena Markos, Luce, IRENE and Dani Whylie. Tickets >>
Bristol Women’s Voice: International Women’s Day 2020
Saturday 7 March / 11am – 5pm / City Hall
Organised by the city’s very own Bristol Women’s Voice, this event is an interactive, jam-packed day with workshops, discussion and live performances set to bring the education and inspiration – suitable for all ages, with a two hour free creche service available throughout the day.
Once again pushing for gender equality within Bristol, Bristol Women’s Voice are ensuring female perspectives and issues are taken into account, as well as aiding in the provision of support and awareness for good causes to spread their message of support and vision citywide.
With a Q & A panel from Bristol’s mayoral candidates and live music, as well as art installations including The Red Dress and Letters from Bristol to Afghanistan, self-defence classes and singing workshops, it will be an exciting and interesting event. FREE
Attic Bar: International Women’s Day 2020
Saturday March 7th / 8:30pm – 1am / Full Moon & Attic Bar
Putting their own literal spin on International Women’s Day, Attic Bar is bringing the celebrations with a fantastic female DJ line up. With a mix of genres and style, there will be something for everyone on the decks.
Collette J Warren and Dazee are set to lay down the drum and bass influences, while Kala Cheung brings in hip hop and rap. They’re also joined by Sasha Steppa, set to showcase her reggae-inspired vinyl collection, and later Lorna King and Queen Bee take the decks to play out the night.
Embrace soundsystem culture and club vibes as these local legends bring you the best of the best with a multi-genre performance. Pay OTD
Stay Late Saturdays: Women of Hip Hop
Saturday March 7th / 11pm – 4am / The Coconut Tree
The Coconut Tree are also bringing the beats with a DJ night showcasing female talent in the realms of hip hop and R&B, with an electronic extravaganza until the early hours. Fronted by local DJ Keeley Hudd. FREE
That International Women’s Day Thing
Sunday March 8th / 5pm – 11pm / The Jam Jar
Boasting an impressive lineup, the Jam Jar join the DJ antics via That Thing. Fronted by Lucy Stoner, all the way from San Francisco and fresh out of the underground scene, expect the weighty bass and aggressive undertones supplemented by acid and rave influences. Joining will be Jameela, with her own take on vocals and bass within jungle and drum and bass.
Following up will be Bristol’s own Lady Lox for some techno, jungle and free party vibes. Closing the night will be Miss Kendal – with no recorded music or social media, every performance is said to be ambiguous and unique, with some dark influences. Tickets >>