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A groundbreaking new female-led music festival is coming to Hackney Wick this April

Risen will tackle the lack of diversity in electronic music with an exclusively female and non-binary line-up

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson
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Diversity in the music industry has become a pretty hot topic in recent years. These days it feels like barely a month goes by without another festival being (rightfully!) called out for a woeful lack of non-white, non-cis or non-male artists on its line-up. But as much as it’s great to see people talking about diversity and representation, it sometimes feels like actual, measurable change happens at a pretty glacial pace.

Which is why we’re pumped about the arrival of Risen, a brand new one-day electronic music festival happening in venues around Hackney Wick on Saturday April 9. Billed as a celebration of ’the divine feminine’, Risen features a programme made up exclusively of female, trans and non-binary artists. Amazing, right?

And it’s a properly exciting line-up too, featuring loads of London’s most hyped emerging DJs and music collectives across the dance music spectrum. Female DJs Girls Don’t Sync will be there. Peckham-based radio station Foundation FM will be putting in an appearance. Intervention founder Ifeoluwa, Bristol-based DJ workshop crew Mix Nights and Parisian female-only record label RA+RE will all be rocking up in east London for the occasion. 

It’s basically set to be a massive celebration of the wealth of female talent within London’s electronic music scene and beyond, and we reckon it’s a huge step forward when it comes to making nightlife and festival line-ups a bit more representative of the diverse range of people who attend them and help put them on. 

Think that sounds pretty epic? Then sign up for the presale here and stay tuned for further details soon!

And in the meantime, check out our round-up of the best club nights happening this week.

Body Movements festival is returning to London in July. 

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