International Women’s Day 2019: The best of this year’s women-in-music events

From networking brunches to DJing workshops, here are the best London-based events that IWD has to offer...

04.03.19 Words by: Roberta Hickey

International Women’s Day falls this Friday March 8th, but what was originally one singular day has spiralled into an entire week of events designed to amplify and support women. “Every year I see the power of this day grow,” says Roberta Hickey, founder of Little Pink Book – a new, female-focused music consultancy, “and see more and more amazing women collaborating to pull together incredible events as well as offering help and advice to aspiring women out there.” Below she’s collated all of the best events happening in London in the run-up to IWD 2019 for women already in, or who are looking to get into music. “Girl power forever!”

4th – 8th March: Made By Women, Apple Store Covent Garden

Apple are hosting a series of events at their Covent Garden store all week, from Finding Your Voice with Julie Adenuga to a performance and Q&A with one of Britain’s hottest new acts – Serine Karthage. Find out more information here.

6th March: Full Circle with Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, RA offices

Resident Advisor have launched a free mini event series at their office celebrating female talent in the music industry. Bag yourself a spot here – places are limited.

6th March: GRL GNG, Boxpark Shoreditch

GRL GNG are going from strength to strength with their monthly parties at Boxpark Shoreditch. An added open mic element will be in place from 7pm-8pm at this special event, followed by an expertly curated line-up of all-female acts. Tickets are free – get yours here.

7th March: She.Grows x Fora Networking Breakfast, Clerkenwell

There may be no such thing as a free lunch… but how about a free breakfast? She.Grows is the mentoring arm of the international women in music collective She.Said.So, who have teamed up with co-working space Fora to bring you an empowering networking breakfast. Get your ticket here.

Then stick around after, as Fora are running lots of amazing talks as part of their #ForaHer events including ‘Her Story Matters: Feminism in the 21st Century’, ‘Balance For Better’ and a discussion on the prefix of the word ‘female’ with Soho Radio. Click here to see everything they have going on.

7th March: Lethally Her, Campfire Old Street

Get clued up on your personal branding with Lethally Her at Shoreditch Campfire. They have a panel jam packed with fierce females and tickets are less than a fiver. Get yours here.

8th March: GRL PWR Gang breakfast, White City House

The unstoppable force that is GRL PWR Gang are hosting an IWD breakfast at White City House. You can get a free ticket if you’re a member via the Soho House app. Not a member? Track down a friend who is to add you as their guest or keep an eye on @grlpwrgang’s Instagram for guestlist giveaways.

8th March: International Womens Day DJing Workshop, N-Studio

Want to learn how to DJ? How about being taught by none other than the amazing Bossy LDN gals? These two ladies are killing it atm and are hosting a DJ Workshop at N-Studio for fifteen lucky women! Get your space now!

8th March: Laundry Arts: Women, Memories & Monuments, The Design Museum

Head to the Design Museum to join artists and writers including DJ stephseeks for a free programme of readings and music responding to themes of memories, monuments and women. Head here for more information.

8th March: Jazz Cafe and gal-dem present: International Women’s Day

The Jazz Cafe in Camden have linked up with gal-dem once again to celebrate International Women’s Day with a triple bill of rising stars headed by Madison McFerrin, plus S4U and Raheaven. Tickets can be found here.

8th March: Cos You’re Fxckin Worth It, The Curtain

Let’s finish the week off in style, and what better way than with a party hosted by four amazing women collectives – She.Said.So, Girls I Rate, Sorority House and Flexx. Kicking off at 10pm, there’ll be DJ sets from Kelis’ DJ, Nikki Beatnik, Jamz Supernova, Ellie Prohan, a performance from Miraa May as well as some special guests – and it’s under a tenner! Cop your ticket here.

Little Pink Book is a music consultancy specialising in creating more opportunities for women, working with brands, promoters and venues on a mission to equalise music. Follow them here.