This International Women's Day, we've pulled together some of our favourite female artists we'd love to see live for our made-up IWD Festival... Although this festival line-up is fake you can, in fact, see some of these amazing women live this year, and for anyone else, we'll just need to use the power of manifestation.
For International Women's Day and beyond, let's all fully embrace women. Let us know who you would love to see live!
Who? Taylor Swift
Favourite Song: ‘tis the damn season
Over the past decade-and-a-half, Taylor Swift has risen from acoustic-folk beginnings into arguably the biggest pop star in the world right now. Never content with pigeon-holing her sound, Swift has consistently defied genres – my favourite being when she worked alongside The National, Bon Iver and Haim across ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ back in 2020 – and is now at a point where she’s selling out stadiums across America with global stars like Paramore and Phoebe Bridgers opening.
‘The Eras Tour’ has been teased for a UK leg since her comeback with ‘Midnights’ last year, so whilst there are only US dates confirmed right now I don’t think it will be long before I can finally tick Taylor Swift off of my ‘must see’ list.
Who? Sincere Engineer
Favourite Songs: Trust Me, Ceramic Tile, Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7
Off the back of supporting The Menzingers on their UK tour, Chicago-born Sincere Engineer is set to play Slam Dunk later this year. Starting as a solo project of Deanna Belos, Sincere Engineer has evolved into a four-piece, delivering raw and relatable slices of everyday life in an alternative/punk package. Sincere Engineer has a lyric for everyone, whether you’re agonising over the direction your life is supposed to be going or falling asleep on the sofa, corndog in hand even though it’s nice out.
You can see Sincere Engineer at Slam Dunk festival this year.
Favourite Songs: altar, everything, F&MU, Honey
Two-time Grammy Award-nominated icon Kehlani has been storming R&B for years now, first coming onto the music scene in 2014 with her commercial mixtape 'Cloud 19'. She has worked with and supported amazing artists like Charlie Puthe, Demi Lovato, Chance The Rapper, Justin Bieber Cardi B, and more! She is someone I'd love to see live and if you don't listen to her already you are missing out.
Who? Lana Del Rey
Favourite Songs: Video Games, Brooklyn Baby, Happiness is a butterfly, Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
OG sad girl Lana Del Rey is hailed for her musical exploration of tragic romance, glamour and melancholia all with that delicious 50s/60s inspiration. Set to release her ninth studio album 'Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd’ later this month, I’m personally praying for a UK tour.
Lana has toured five times since 2011. In 2019, she was set to bring her 'Norman F****ing Rockwell' tour to the UK and Europe but was forced to cancel due to illness. Her previous two tours were not brought to the UK, meaning she hasn’t toured the UK since her 'Paradise Tour' in 2013. Typically, tours follow an album release, and she'll already be heading to the UK for Glastonbury Festival later this year so there’s hope that she could bring her upcoming album to UK stages...
Who? Destiny’s Child
Favourite Songs: Survivor & Say My Name
It’s been nearly 19 years since Destiny’s Child released their last album – ‘Destiny Fulfilled’ as a group but their tracks still continue to be some of the most iconic and recognisable. After making an appearance as a trio at Beyonce’s iconic Coachella performance four years ago, there’s no doubt that seeing Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce reunite again on stage would be incredible! They would be guaranteed to get fans (and me) singing at the top of our lungs.
Who? Lily Allen
Favourite Songs: 22, The Fear, LDN, Apples
Lily Allen was a crucial piece of the noughties soundscape. Her first two albums ‘Alright, Still’ (2006) and ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ (2008) exploded through the help of MySpace, with her distinctive voice, and her direct, unapologetic lyricism at the forefront. She was the female star that said what most girls might have been too afraid to say themselves. She has since released two further albums, with 2018’s ‘No Shame’ exploring her adult life and struggles. While she has (for now) turned her back on music in favour of acting, her guest appearance during Olivia Rodrigo’s 2022 Glastonbury set has left us hoping for a comeback in the near future. Whether it’s a one-off Glasto set, or a full tour, getting to hear her iconic tracks live is something on the bucket list.
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