GFS partners with feminist folk festival for 2024 event

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We’re excited to announce a brand-new GFS partnership with The Magpies Festival. This independent music festival boasts some of the finest folk, acoustic, americana and world music, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.  

GFS CEO, Laura Sercombe said:  

“GFS works with girls who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England and Wales where opportunities to try new things, such as attending a festival like this are not a reality. The Magpies are such amazing role models for the girls because they are succeeding in an industry where women are outnumbered by men. This is the perfect partnership for GFS but more importantly a potentially life changing experience for the girls.” 

The festival is run by Yorkshire-based transatlantic folk band, The Magpies, and hosted in Sutton Park, York, from 9th-10th August 2024.  

The young female management team say they’re set on championing gender equality in the music industry, achieving gender parity in both line-up and staff, and they’re dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment for female musicians and festival goers too. 

Festival Director and Magpies musician, Holly Brandon said: 

“As women in the music industry, we’ve faced obstacles in our careers, due to our gender. Women are under-represented in the industry at large, both as musicians and behind-the-scenes. It’s hugely important to us that girls see themselves represented and can realise the opportunities that are out there for them. We’re so proud to be working alongside a charity that shares our vision to inspire and empower girls to be free to be themselves.” 

We will be there all weekend, so drop in and see us in the children’s activity space or come along to our workshop in the festival children’s programme. 

Musical acts include, Molotov Jukebox, Jesca Hoop, Jim Moray, The Turbans, Rusty Shackle, Gary Stewart’s Graceland, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Charm of Finches, Suntou Susso and of course, festival hosts The Magpies. 

If you aren’t familiar with the Magpies yet, let us introduce you to a folk band that says they bring a fresh feminist voice to traditional music. The band has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Shambala, and toured internationally.  

Everyone is welcome at The Magpies Festival, including children and families. A campsite is available in the grounds of Sutton Park Stately Home, as well as food, drinks and market stalls. Tickets are on sale now from £32.50 with day/ weekend options and camping ticket options. Children under five go free. Get your tickets, and join us there: 

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