Girls Rock Glasgow Minifest Fundraiser

Kinning Park Events

Hello, I'm Naomi, and I'm writing my first blog for KPC! Kinning Park Complex have recently engaged a couple of volunteer bloggers to write about some of the many brilliant projects going on in the building. There's so much going on that it's mind boggling.


On Saturday, I went along to a loud and lovely fundraising party for Girls Rock Glasgow (GRG). If you don't already know, Girls Rock Glasgow is a non-­profit, week­long summer school where girls aged 8­-16 can find their own voice through music ­making and performance. GRG promotes “feminism, noise making with confidence, and friendship”. If Saturday's fundraiser was like a mini taste of what happens at the week­long summer school, then I reckon the summer school is like this:

Little girls and older teenagers run along the street towards the venue, already giddy with happiness to be going;

Everybody's a bit dressed up and sparkly and punky, but there's no pressure to dress up in any particular way;

• The adults are very good at taking care of the kids;

• The music and performances are really exciting.

Playing on the day were the young girl bands Bratakus and Velveteen Riot, along with sisters Beth, Sophie and Grace McLeash, and (playing for the first time together) Jasmine McPhee, Rowan Moore, Susan Bear and Lamaya Ogunlesi. Many of these young performers were participants at the first GRG last year, and it was so cool to see everybody feeling so comfortable and confident with the mic, the electric guitar, the drums... It's easy to understand what GRG mean when they say they promote “noise making with confidence”: they're giving girls permission to take up space and make noise, which feels exciting and new.

The fundraiser had a clothes swap, an alteration table for customising your clothes, a zine ­making and badge­ making station, and a room entirely dedicated to experimenting with electronic and acoustic sound (an experience that left me grinning my head off.) It also featured the one ­woman business MightyBeast, selling sturdy, vegan, beautiful guitar straps (you can find them on Etsy!).

Girls Rock Glasgow are enrolling, on a pay-­what-­you-­can basis, for this year's Rock'n'Roll Summer School in August. To find out more, check out the Rock 'n' Roll Summer School For Girls on Facebook.


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