Plymouth festival to showcase under-represented musicians

Plymouth's We Are Here Festival is taking place on Saturday May 11, from 2pm - late at Leadworks
Plymouth's We Are Here Festival is taking place on Saturday May 11, from 2pm - late at Leadworks -Credit:Stacey Edgecumbe

A Plymouth festival is being held at a popular community venue in the city this weekend. The We Are Here Festival is a half-day event following last year’s “sell out success” when the festival launched.

Organised by We Are Here Promotions, the event is run by a collective of local female and non-binary musicians. The festival, on Saturday May 11, will showcase musicians from under-represented genders and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the We Are Here Festival.

We Are Here Promotions aim to put on events and create opportunities for artists that “don't get the same profile as male performers”. The organisers say the “collective aim” of the We Are Here festival is to “create a safe and accessible event for all to enjoy”.

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Held at Leadworks in Stonehouse, this year’s line up consists of eleven South West based acts. Music ranges from folk, indie, grunge, funk, and punk. Local musician, Simon Walker is also bringing his SeaBin podcast to the festival, airing live interviews with acts and attendees.

Organisers of the We Are Here Festival described the event online: "This half day Festival will showcase local musicians and bands from under-represented genders. Expect a jam packed line up of riot grrrl and non-binary punk, grungy sludgy tones and alternative vibes with acts performing across two stages. We'll also have stalls with band merch, and information."

The festival is in its second year and is supported by the Arts Council and National Lottery funding. Following the "sell out success" of the first festival in 2023, We Are Here Promotions were successful in securing funding to "support its delivery for the next two years.”

The organisers said: “It's encouraged to pre-purchase tickets as last year sold out. Included on 2024 bill are women who took part in the Fearless Women Song writing Programme - a collaboration between, We Are Here Collective, Play As You Feel workshops and Plymouth Music Collective.

"This six-week programme brought women together who were interested in song writing and performing but not sure where to start, encouraging and empowering more women to join the local music scene. Each artist will perform an original song they wrote whilst taking part in the programme.”

The line-up includes The Other Woman Band and CreepCave from Plymouth, The Maisonettes from Exeter, Leonard and the Zombies from Totnes among many other acts.

The We Are Here Festival is taking place on Saturday May 11, from 2pm - late at Leadworks on Rendle Street in Stonehouse. Tickets are £15 full price, but there's also a "pay as you feel" option. You can view the full line up and purchase tickets here.

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