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Dip a toe into Hutstock – the cult festival-in-a-beach-hut, relocating from Whitstable to the Gulbenkian stage for a one-off only evening featuring seven female bands including Bugeye, Dream Nails, Popinjays & The Tuts.
Marking International Women’s Day weekend, Song Bird / Word Bird is a mini festival covering the theatre, foyer and performance spaces of Gulbenkian and designed to celebrate women in music, whether you want to explore what makes a female icon or enjoy cutting edge sounds from the musical fringes.
Song Bird / Word Bird is a day celebrating women in music, through song and through words. You can book a ticket to either element, or buy a ticket that gets you into everything!
Bugeye are a disco punk band residing in the birth place of punk, Croydon. The band interweave late 1970s New York post-punk style basslines with sharp and bouncy guitars, with lead singer Angela Martin’s vocals constantly teetering on the verge of boiling over into a furious yelp, reminiscent of the sounds of Seattle in the early 1990s.
Dream Nails are renowned for their riotous live shows and powerful punk songs. Over the last three years the four punk witches have already built a name for themselves far beyond the DIY punk circuit and toured across Europe and headlined the Sisterhood stage at Glastonbury. Encouraging girls to the front and declaring all profits from their releases will go to Abortion Support Network, they’re fearless in their beliefs throughout – and their political passion is matched by their brilliant musicianship.
The Tuts have long been one of the best and brightest new bands in the UK, for what they do and what they represent. This all-female, all-feminist, DIY “3-Tone” trio (of proud Caribbean, English and Indian/Pakistani origin) are avatars in the ongoing debate over inclusivity in the music scene, as well as a powerful musical unit by any standards. The Tuts have conclusively confirmed that a band can still survive and thrive on today’s terms with the right combination of graft and tenacity, building a fan base so strong that they hit their album crowd-funding target on Pledge Music within 5 days of the launch. They met as teenagers and learned the fierce working-class work ethic that has them literally doing-it-themselves. The Tuts’ ambition to write the greatest, catchiest songs they can within the parameters of a stripped-down sound results in a series of pop punk nuggets on their debut album, Update Your Brain.
Indie veterans, The Popinjays, return after a 21 year hiatus. After a critically acclaimed John Peel session, three albums on One Little Indian Records, a US College Radio hit “Vote Elvis”, and tours with They Might be Giants, The Fatima Mansions, and the Kitchens of Distinction, The Pops called it a day in 1994. Since 2015 they have shared bills with The Darling Buds, The Wonder Stuff, and The Wedding Present. Back with their original set of 90s Indie Pop, Wendy, Polly and the drum machine are currently working on a special limited-edition, legacy release, again with O.L.I.
Word Bird – £10
Immerse yourself in Word Bird, featuring a selection of luminaries from the world of music journalism and authorship. Featuring Zoe Howe, Laura Barton, Lucy O’Brien and Peggy Seeger. Book your Word Bird tickets here.
Song Bird / Word Bird Festival Offer: £20
Why choose, when you can attend Song Bird and Word Bird for only £20. Click here and select both events.