On July 16th, 2016 Pandora Fest will host Scotland's first Women's Music Festival at DunCarron Medieval Fort in Carron Valley near Falkirk. In its debut year, the festival aims to redress the balance of female artists playing within the festival scene.
'In 2015 - the major festivals displayed a massive gender imbalance. Of the 87 acts that were announced, 78 were all male, 3 were female and 6 were mixed groups. That, was an 89.6% all male line up!' * The Guardian Newspaper Music Section by Alexandra Pollard, Feb 2015
Headlining are the all-female London band Courtesans, also from London comes singer-songwriter Sofia B. From afar are California Electronics artist ContainHer, Texas singer-songwriter Erin Bennett, New York rapper Flapjack and Australian melodic lyricist Emaline Delapaix.
The spectrum of different musical styles ranges from the Yorkshire neo-punks Arcane 39 to afro/psyche alt rock Vodun, from classic jazz fusion duo Syntonic to indie pop trio Bugeye.
A handful of Scottish young singer-songwriters are given their first shot at a festival stage including the 2016 Soundwaves Winner, Alannah Moar. From our very own songstress Caroline Gilmour to the rock outfit Bravado and the all female funk band One More, both from Dundee, and more; Scotland is thoroughly represented.
Pandora Fest's website lists all other confirmed artists with more to come. The festival is also calling for submissions from female artists across the UK and beyond. Pandora Fest is family and LGBTI friendly, will be running two stages of live music of all genres from 11am to 11pm andplans on becoming an annual event.
Miss Daalmeijer and Mrs Duchat formed Pandora Fest in collaboration with Attack Agency who are based in Central Scotland and whose aim is to deliver world class artist management, event organisation; talent development and recently, a record label primarily for women and female led musical enterprises. The festival is also collaborating with The Clanranald Trust for Scotland who raise funding for Duncarron through their educational activities and their work as combat performers for the film and television industries.
Pandora Fest is Scotland's first and the UK's premier women's music festival; supporting women musicians and celebrating female musicianship across all genres. The assumption that it is a woman only event would be wrong! Any criticism of being anti-male is entirely unfounded; the festival stage is open to male musicians and the audience will be a traditional summer blend of everyone who loves good music.