You have to admire the proactivity. Rather than being consumed by the frustration and negativity around the lack of female representation on many of the festivals being announced, three friends decided to create their own with the Girls Firmly To The Front. And so the No Man’s Land festival was borne. It will take place in Manchester on 14 August. All proceeds to Safe Gigs for Women. The first bands announced include 3-piece Riot Grrl band Brat Coven from Glasgow, Big Fat Big, 5-piece rock/grunge band The Wine Fund, and Qlowski who release their debut album ‘Quale Futuro?’ on 4th June. More bands are to be added to the line-up.
I put some questions to the ‘No Man’s Land’ team. I wanted to know how easy it was to arrange, what the response has been to the creation of this new festival, and perhaps most controversially, are men welcome?
Welcome, ‘No Man’s Land’ team! Please can you introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about your background…
‘No Man’s Land’ all started within me (Katie) and it travelled to Eden through a voice-note which she ignored because she was watching Tik Tok’s and thought it wouldn’t be anything of importance. From there I sent a very similar voice note to Niamh and it’s honestly grown at an alarming pace since then.
Yeah of course men are welcome, so long as they support the cause! We want this festival to be a safe space for everyone, everyone’s welcome, just don’t be an idiot!
We were approached by the majority of the bands and artists that are on the line-up. There were so many people wanting to be involved that we actually had to reject some. When it comes to some of the ‘bigger’ artists that are in the second wave, we approached. Some of them rejected us but their support was overwhelming still!
Very very early days but we’re hopefully making this an annual thing. ‘No Man’s Land’ will only get bigger from here and it’s definitely going to be here forever. Also, who knows, it may be more than just a festival.
‘No Man’s Land’ Festival is on 14 August at YES, Manchester. Early bird tickets are available now to mailing list subscribers.