Photography: Mike Massaro

Last November, Manchester-based music charity Brighter Sound launched a three-year campaign to support emerging women artists across the North of England. BOTH SIDES NOW hopes to increase access to opportunities in the music industry by offering mentoring, industry training, apprenticeships and digital resources for schools. Their objective is to have a “sustained and tangible impact on women’s representation in the music industry”.

 

"We want to make a bold statement, bring women together and get loud!" Stealing Sheep

At the centre of Both Sides Now is a number of artist residencies in cities across the North of England. After successful launches in Manchester and Leeds, with Beth Orton and Shiva Feshareki respectively, Brighter Sound have chosen Liverpool as their next location. The five-day residency at Invisible Wind Factory is being led by surreal art-pop trio STEALING SHEEP. The Liverpool-based group have issued a call out for 15 local female drummers and percussionists, who will help put together a new performance piece entitled Suffragette Tribute.

The band explains: “This incredible anniversary has inspired us to create a new piece of music that will come alive during this residency. We want to make a bold statement, bring women together and get loud!”

Suffragette Tribute is co-commissioned by Edge Hill University as part of its ‘Wonder Women’ year of celebration. Those selected for the Both Sides Now residency will work alongside design, AV and production students and choreographer Kate Cox to create an original and immersive production. The final performance will be showcased at Liverpool Sound City on the 5th of May, and at Festival No. 6 and End Of The Road later on in the summer.

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Stealing Sheep are looking for women of different ages, who come from different backgrounds and bring with them a mix of musical influences and styles. For details on how to apply for the Both Sides Now Liverpool residency, head here.

 

Brighter Sound and Both Sides Now use an inclusive definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, cis-gendered or trans.

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