To celebrate International Women's Day, we’ve highlighted five key performers who shouldn’t be missed at inner city electronic 2019. This year we have also signed up to Keychange, a pioneering international initiative which empowers women to transform the future of music and encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. In our first year, we have increased the percentage of women artists on our line up from 18% to 37% and are working to discover more exciting talent from all genders within the world of electronic music.
Kelly Lee Owens
Kelly Lee Owens has to be amongst some of the most exciting artists we have come across in recent years. The London producer and singer stepped forward in 2017 with a self-titled debut album of minimalist techno cuts that couldn’t be ignored. Mentored by the scene giants Daniel Avery and Ghost Culture, Owens crafts subtly stunning dance tracks anchored by her wispy, compelling vocals.
Afrodeutsche is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German composer, producer and DJ based in Manchester. Her productions cross a wide range of styles including classical solo piano, techno, house and electro. Afrodeutsche's DJ style is a selection of Drexciyan delights mixed with tough UK techno mainstays such as Claro Intelecto and Randomer.
Over the past six years, Josey Rebelle’s Rinse FM show has become a Sunday morning haven of quality electronic music and hangover soothing chat. Josey has shown year on year that she’s a force to be reckoned with, proving herself as an artist that can seamlessly ride countless genres with a raw and brutal underground energy while keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. All with one overwhelming priority: heavyweight selection first and foremost.
Mor Elian is a Berlin-based DJ and producer originating from Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. Elian has involved herself in almost every aspect of music, releasing a string of quality electronic productions, running the ‘Fever AM’ label, regularly appearing on London’s NTS radio and promoting her ’Into The Woods’ underground electronic parties in LA. Over the last three years, she’s consistently put out solid club releases, which have been appearing in DJ mixes, on underground dance floors and in high profile editorials. Her wide-ranging DJ sets, her tracks effortlessly drift between stripped-down house, bare techno and minimal electro.
Equaliser is a Leeds-based DJ collective that has become a firm fixture within the city's underground electronic music community. With the aim of nurturing and promoting the talent of all women, trans men and non-binary people, Equaliser is one of many emerging non-cis male collectives making a huge impact on bringing about gender equality in the electronic music scene.
As well as being key ambassadors for gender equality, Equaliser has also been forging a strong musical reputation with resident DJ’s & mentors including Lucy Locket (Love Muscle), Zoya (Bathtime sessions), Mariiin (Melted Beats), Sayang (Love Muscle / Flesh in Tension), LUCE_ (Brotherhood) and founder Ranyue Zhang (Brudenell Groove), solidifying themselves within the underground electronic music scene.