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Song Bird/ Word Bird

SONG BIRD / WORD BIRD a celebration of women in music

Saturday 9 March 2019

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Part of International Women’s Day week

Marking International Women’s Day– as well as forming part of the Gulbenkian’s 50thbirthday celebrations – Song Bird / Word Birdis a mini-festival set to take over some of the performance spaces at the Gulbenkian, University of Kent, on Saturday 9 March 2019.

Song Bird / Word Birdaims to celebrate women in contemporary music across a variety of more left-field genres and is made up of two main segments: Q&As with writers, bloggers and journalists and an all-female version of the now cult hit Hutstock festival,featuring six live bands.

Local brewery Gadd’s have created Song Bird Beer (which will be available at the bar)brewed by master brewer Sue Fisher. Sue will be giving a short talk during the afternoon on the life of a female brewer and how alcohol can affect one’s appreciation of music.




4.30pm – 8.30pm Cinema / Lecture Hall

£10 single event / £20 combined ticket


Word Bird is a consecutive series of Q&As with a rare breed of women, ones who write about contemporary music, whether journalists, bloggers or musicians. Guests include writer, musician and visual artist ZoëHowe(Shine On, Marquee Moon; Lee Brilleaux, Rock’n’Roll Gentleman; Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus and Mary Chain Story; Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams and Rumours); Guardian journalist and author Laura Barton(Twenty-One Locks); author and journalist Lucy O’Brien(She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music; Madonna: Like An Icon; Dusty; Annie Lennox) and the event will close with legendary folk singer, songmaker and activist Peggy Seeger(First Time Ever) in conversation with Serena Cross (BBC Proms / Still Marching producer).

A selection of their publications will be available to buy, in the foyer, courtesy of Whitstable’s local bookshop, Harbour Books and purchased copies can be signed by the authors.



5.30pm – 10.30pm Gulbenkian Theatre

£12 single event / £20 combined ticket

Hutstock Festival began on Whitstable beach as a small musical gathering around a beach hut. Largely through word-of-mouth, over a period of 10 years Hutstock grew to become something of a cult annual event, attracting increasingly large audiences. The festival even relocated to London’s Southbank where it enjoyed a two-year run. The Songbird version, brought out of retirement for this one-off special occasion, will feature a beach hut (indoors and on the stage) but unlike previous Hutstock events, this will be an all-female line-up, including London outfit Bugeye, riotous ‘punk witches’ Dream Nails, indie pop darlings, Popinjaysand fast rising punk-pop trio The Tuts.


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