This Saturday (16 September), Brisbane will host the brand-new event, Vocal Vixens, created to highlight women in country music.
Arriving with the tagline, “We’re more than boots and bows”, three of Australia’s finest country music artists, Hayley Marsten, Tyla Rodrigues and Ruby Jane, will join forces for the inaugural Vocal Vixens event at The Junk Bar on 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove, on Saturday afternoon. You can find tickets for $20 here.
Labelled as a showcase and networking event, Vocal Vixens is the first-ever event of its kind in Brisbane. It will focus on female empowerment and support within the Australian country music scene.
Emerging music manager Bridget MacDonald drives the event. She comes with years of insight and previously lived in regional Queensland. MacDonald explained the concept of Vocal Vixens in a press release, “This has been traditionally a very male-dominated industry, and there have been few platforms for female empowerment and gender equality within the Australian country music industry.”
How can Vocal Vixens actually provide a space for change? “Vocal Vixens will help change this and give women in the Australian country music industry an opportunity to stand up and speak their minds about the male-dominated nature of the industry,” MacDonald continued.
“The event will aim to build a stronger sense of community where emerging female artists can meet and learn from more established artists within the Australian country music industry.”
The networking and showcase event, featuring performances from Marsten, Rodrigues and Jane, runs from 1:30 pm until 4:45 pm this Saturday.
In June, Marsten released her new album, Girlhood. Crowdfunded with over $20,000 from fans, the release encapsulated “the album I wanted and needed to hear when I was younger,” Marsten commented in a press release.
“Everything from the songs down to the way the album looks was really inspired by who I so badly wanted to be when I was a teenager, and I’m really proud of what I made for that younger self.” You can check out Countrytown’s exclusive track-by-track breakdown of Girlhood with Marsten’s insights here.