Women On Vox is our series highlighting talented ladies in music by tipping over 100 brilliant bands where women take centre stage.
With female artists still underrepresented on major platforms, radio and festival stages, especially those performing in alternative genres, there’s so much boundlessly great music that isn’t given the same chance to be heard and loved.
That’s one reason why, more so than ever, we’ve been celebrating female flair.
We’ve profiled no less than 125 artists in total – mostly bands, with a few solo selections thrown in – that represent a diverse range of styles, from alt-pop to vicious punk.
Originally published across five installments from 12-16 March, each edition of Women On Vox highlights 25 essential artists around a specific genre or mood:
• Part 1 – A guitar-drawn opening 25, starring a mixture of styles, some of our favourite talents of the moment and a few big tips for the future;
• Part 2 – A sugarier selection, featuring electropop and alternative pop picks and the band we most expect to achieve colossal success in the future;
• Part 3 – A heavier showcase of brilliant punk, rock, grunge and riot grrl bands, from the highly political to the ridiculously bizarre;
• Part 4 – Music of a more melancholy nature, including dream pop, darker pop and shoegaze, three of which you won’t find on Spotify;
• Part 5 – An overflow assortment of the artists we had to include but couldn’t fit elsewhere, including some of the biggest hitters.
As explained on the first day, the final picks were made from a shortlist of close to 400, constructed with the help of a tip or two from friends around the UK music scene.
We set a few criteria for inclusion. We decided to not feature the obvious bands we’re sure everyone has heard of, omitting the likes of CHVRCHES, Daughter and HAIM despite being big fans of all of them.
Likewise, we opted to only include acts that made their recorded debut this decade, the vast majority very recently, ruling out long-runners like Tamaryn. We lastly skipped a number of groups in which women only provide some vocals and not as the only lead, making just three exceptions along the way.
As for the name? Women On Vox reflects that, while we’re promoting women in music here, band lineups often include men and non-binary people too. (If you’re interested, 70.7% of band members on our list are women.) We’re strong believers that “female vocalists” is not a genre.
Each installment features profiles of every artist from FEISTY editor and Women On Vox assembler Katy Blackwood. We’ve also included vital statistics plus the key discography you’d need to collect to gather everyone’s entire essential output.
Overviews of each part, including the full list of artists featured in Women On Vox, follows below. We’ve also put together a Spotify playlist of all of our picks, minus three (all from Part 4) that aren’t currently available on streaming services, that’s ideal for diving straight into the music:
(Not on Spotify? There’s also a sampler of 50 free-to-stream tracks on SoundCloud.)
Finally, like what you hear? Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover yet more great music by women and keep in the know about our upcoming features with some of the artists we’ve included. Thanks for listening!
Published: Monday 12 March 2018
Synopsis: A guitar-drawn opening 25, starring a mixture of styles, some of our favourite talents of the moment and a few big tips for the future.
Dream Wife, Calva Louise, Anteros, Yonaka, Black Honey, Nova Twins, Bang Bang Romeo, ZZ Tiger, BLOXX, Our Girl, Thyla, Frøkedal, Pink Kink, Harlea, The Van T’s, L.A. Witch, Honeyblood, Girl Ray, whenyoung, Yassassin, Family Friends, Tokyo Tea Room, Baby in Vain, Dead Naked Hippies and Pink Milk
Published: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Synopsis: A sugarier selection, featuring electropop and alternative pop picks and the band we most expect to achieve colossal success in the future.
Pale Waves, Anna of the North, Kitten, Fickle Friends, Skott, Wild Ones, Kristin Kontrol, Nelson Can, Gothic Tropic, Ardyn, CRONICLE, HALIE, Pixey, Peaness, Charly Bliss, Miss World, The Regrettes, Thea and the Wild, ASTR, La Lusid, The Marías, Cajsa Siik, Sheila and the Kit, Let’s Eat Grandma and GIRLI
Published: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Synopsis: A heavier showcase of brilliant punk, rock, grunge and riot grrl bands, from the highly political to the ridiculously bizarre.
Deap Vally, Estrons, Hey Charlie, False Advertising, BERRIES, Babe Punch, Shit Girlfriend, Petrol Girls, Skinny Girl Diet, Dream Nails, Dronningen, Dilly Dally, Kamikaze Girls, Destroy Boys, Bitch Falcon, The Franklys, Goat Girl, Angelic Milk, ShitKid, TEAR, Bethlehem Steel, Sœur, VUKOVI, Sløtface and Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
Published: Thursday 15 March 2018
Synopsis: Music of a more melancholy nature, including dream pop, darker pop and shoegaze, three of which you won’t find on Spotify.
Amber Arcades, Pale Honey, Chastity Belt, Misty Coast, Dama Scout, School ’94, Seapony, Agent blå, Yumi and the Weather, Pumarosa, The Machiavellis, Dream Rimmy, Sin Kitty, Blushing, Strange Hellos, Saltwater Sun, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes, San Mei, St. South, Overcoats, Fiordmoss, The Hanged Man, Vök, Raindear and La Rissa
Published: Friday 16 March 2018
Synopsis: An overflow assortment of the artists we had to include but couldn’t fit elsewhere, including some of the biggest hitters.
The Big Moon, Desperate Journalist, Hinds, The Beaches, The Courtneys, Alvvays, INHEAVEN, Gurr, Diet Cig, Ørmstons, PINS, Zuzu, The Seamonsters, Dear Rouge, Leggy, Dolores Haze, Kindling, Anti Pony, Soccer Mommy, Bruiser Queen, Thunderpussy, Sheer Mag, Bonander, Pixx and Wolf Alice