The first week of August was all about “feminism, noise making with confidence, and friendship” at Kinning Park Complex. We were happy to host the second Girls Rock Glasgow Summer School all week – last years was held at The Glasgow School of Art – and now that the show has (literally) gone on, we’re taking a look at what Girls Rock is all about.
Girls Rock Glasgow lets girls aged 8-16 experiment with making music and performing, all whilst promoting friendship, feminism and female empowerment. The project is non-profit and was given funding from Awards for All to help with running the week long programme.
During the week long summer school, which ran from the first to the seventh of August, the girls took part in a variety of workshops; singing, lyric writing, learning to play the electric guitar, the bass guitar, keyboards and drums.
After forming bands, the newly formed girl groups visited Empire Studios to rehearse and see what recording their own music would be like. Adding to the band experience was merchandising – the groups had their own band identities with names and t-shirts being made to suit their image.
With their songs written and their identity as a band created, the groups then began rehearsing for their first gig – at The Art School, no less - which took place at the end of the week. Friends and family were invited to see the girls’ hard work in action and see what could potentially be the next generation of rock stars.
It wasn’t all about living the rock’n’roll dream, though. Girls Rock Glasgow is based on the 90’s riot grrrl movement, which is all about inspiring and empowering girls. The summer school featured workshops on zine making, body positivity and mindfulness, allowing the girls to be creative and express themselves without any pressure or fear of judgment.
The walls of our hall were decorated with inspirational women, from well known names like Joan Jett and Debbie Harry to singers from across the world like Germany's Anja Huwe. With powerful figures like these to look up to, who knows, perhaps Girls Rock Glasgow will produce the next big thing in rock music?