Slag Mag returns with International Women’s Day Festival

The Serious Ladies of Art and Gigs are fundraising with an all dayer on Saturday, March 7th.

Birmingham’s arts and gigs collective Slag Mag (Serious Ladies of Art and Gigs) are close to their first year anniversary. The self funded magazine, which focuses on wxmen and LGBTQ+ in the music and arts industry, is coming full circle on Saturday, 7th March with their second International Women’s Day event, fundraising to design and print future issues.

Taking place at independent live music venue The Night Owl in Digbeth, the all day event will see live music, poetry, art and DJs all under one roof. Gritty rock and roller Harry Jordan will headline the festival, followed by the soulful Namiwa Jazz, grunge influenced Low Red Moon, brand new band The Bitter Lemons and more.

Side Step Nine will be DJing a mix of psychedelic, progessive and far out sounds, along with glittering electro pop from Issy Holmes, math-fuelled post punk and indie pop from Emelia Eagles and 60s and 70s rock and roll from The Night Owl’s own Jessie Scutts.

Covering the artistic side of Slag Mag, Carys Hannah will be performing live spoken word, whilst on The Night Owl’s mezzanine balcony will be a host of wxmen creatives. Bado the Creative and Killr Bangz will display a range of handmade earrings, whilst Old Bort (Emily Doyle, part of Low Brow Brum) will have a range of stickers, prints and Diary Of A Short Lived Drag King zines on sale. Last but not least, Hannah Al Shemmeri and Koo Arts will sell bespoke and limited edition collages, prints and art pieces.

Slag Mag started in March 2019 by Mazzy Snape and Sophie Hack, who were tired of a male dominated music and arts industry with little representation for wxmen and LGBTQ+. They launched their first magazine, along with a party featuring artists Sofa King and Sorry Grace, on International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, 2019. Since then, Slag Mag have created four zines in total, one being a International Men’s Day special which featured LGBTQ+ mxn and openly challenged toxic masculinity. Slag Mag donated their profits to CALMzone, a helpline supporting mxn who feel suicidal and supporting grieving families.

Slag Mag’s International Women’s Day Festival takes place on Saturday, March 7th from 1pm at The Night Owl. After paying expenses such as band’s travel, drinks and promotion, all money will go into the running costs of Slag Mag which include printing and designing new zines and merchandise. No profits will be distributed amongst any individuals. Tickets are available from www.theticketsellers.co.uk

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