Risen, ‘the divine feminine’ – London’s newest all-female festival

Articles, News // Tue 25 Jan 2022 - 13:34pm

Diversity has become increasingly paramount within the music industry, especially in recent years. Many promoters miss the mark on representation within their line-ups, without a single female, non-white or LGBTQ+ artist in sight.

The kindling for this conversation can be backdated to 2015. Early that year, music blog Crack in the Road tweeted a doctored version of the Reading / Leeds line-up. The image highlighted an unjustifiable lack of featured female acts and caused quite a stir within the music scene.

Since 2015 it’s clear that diverse line-ups are becoming an essential element to many. People demand artists who represent their identity — not just the music they love. However, it must be noted actual change is still moving at a glacial pace. As recently as 2019, indie festival End of the Road featured an abysmal lack of female headliners.

Kent’s Native festival, North London’s Loud Women Fest and now Hackney’s Risen Festival are all spearheading this major issue. These projects aim to give women and non-cis artists the representation they truly deserve. Women in music are finally being given a platform to display their undying talent and we are all for it.

News of Risen’s debut on the music scene is a delight to many. Their brand-new, all-female led, one-day electronic music festival kicks off on Saturday the 9th of April. Artists will be breaking beats in some of the best venues Hackney Wick has to offer.

Branded as a celebration of ‘the divine feminine’, their truly unmissable line-up features an abundance of London’s most hyped emerging DJ’s and dance music collectives. Some of the most-prominent confirmed features include: Hannah Holland, Ambient Babestation Meltdown, Girls Don’t Sync, and Tash LC.

If that wasn’t enough for you, Intervention founder Ifeoluwa, Bristol-based DJ workshop crew Mix Nights and Parisian female-only record label RA+RE are all making an appearance.

Here at Tribal we value diversity, ensuring representation within our staff and inclusivity for all. Another all-female festival making moves right here in the UK is another great step towards equity and equality. Keep on fighting for the representation you deserve.


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