F. Festival 2019

a platform exhibiting equality in the arts

F. Festival is aimed at exhibiting Equality in the Arts. Our free festival starts at noon this Saturday 11th of March 2017 with events running right into the night. Iconic and well-loved Dublin venues Hangar, The Grand Social, Wigwam, Filmbase and The Back Loft will host an Eclectic & Broad spectrum of Women working in Art, Comedy, Spoken Word, Music, Film, and our Talks series which are free and open to all.

The Mercantile

28 Dame St, Dublin

18:45 - 19:15

Founded by Deborah Byrne (lead vocals/electric guitar/production) with Suzette Das (lead vocals, synths/keys, production) in 2016, Hvmmingbyrd is a singer-songwriter/producer duo based in Dublin, Ireland. They fuse warm sensual vocals, electronic pulses and shimmering pop sounds with heartfelt lyricism. 
Releases include their first single ‘If Love Was Enough’ which was played by all major Irish radio stations and selected for in-store H&M playlists worldwide from their first EP ‘Know My Name’ in September 2016, and their second single ‘Legacy’ in March 2017. They have performed at several notable Irish festivals such as the Body & Soul stage, Electric Picnic, and Indiependence and have supported established Irish acts The Young Folk and Ryan Vail.



My Fellow Sponges

My Fellow Sponges are an independent band from Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. After four years of touring and writing together their sound incorporates elements of Minimalism, Folk, Bossa and more recently synth-heavy electro with influences that include: Kate Bush, Devendra Bahnhart, Joanna Newsom, Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Django Django. 
Founding members Anna Mullarkey and Donal McConnon met in theater while in University in Galway. After working on some plays together the pair decided to accompany each other on their original songs and form a band. Over the years they have worked with brass ensembles, story tellers, dancers and actors in their live shows



20:15 - 20:45

Kevyn are an exciting and emerging Alternative Rock quartet from Dublin, Ireland. Their combination of honest emotive songwriting, raw and gritty vocals with booming performances means that they can both grab an audience by the heartstrings or catapult them into a high energy experience. 



21:00 - 21:30

LAOISE is an Irish electro-pop artist hailing from Galway, Ireland. Incorporating elements of synth, indie and alternative pop, she was brought up on a diet of theatrical, iconic pop – and deeply inspired by household names like Kate Bush and David Bowie.

Growing up playing the violin and piano before teaching herself the guitar at 11, LAOISE began writing at the age of 15, experimenting mainly with the above, before exploring the shiny buoyancy electronics can offer.



Vernon Jane
21:45 - 22:45

A collection of expressive and eclectic musicians based in Dublin. Vernon Jane live and breathe for their craft. Live shows are where they flourish, taking influence from every bit of musical and visual beauty around them. Emotive and memorable music for the senses, the term pysch-jance is the only genre that suits their insatiability. 

'If Jeff Buckley And Janis Joplin had a love child and Frank Zappa was the godfather there you would find Vernon Jane'



Smithfield Square




12:00 - 12:40

With a long history of musical training and experience, Hoodoo Reelin came about through Sheila's want to create music based around three vocal harmony parts in soul, funk, latin, jazz, blues, reggae, ska and dance styles.  Studying a masters in Music and Media in Trinity College Dublin, Sheila met Emma Brennan who was to be the second vocalist in the band. Emma quickly introduced Aine Kerrigan to the band and the basis for Hoodoo Reelin was formed. Soon joined by Kev McNicholas on bass, things started to get groovy. Playing as a reggae act they performed at Electric Picnic's Trenchtown and many well known music venues in Dublin including Whelans, Sweeneys, Sin E, The Grand Social, The International among others. Now, with a new vocalist, Eimear Chaomhánach, and drummer, Oleg Negru, Hoodoo Reelin have expanded their musical styles to include Jazz, Soul, Funk, Dance, Latin and Ska, and they continue to play gigs, spreading hoodoo happiness to anyone who manages to catch them.



13:00 - 14:40

ELLYD (Elaine Doyle) is an Irish singer- songwriter hailing from West Dublin and has been writing songs since she was 11 years old. After years of recording demos in her home studio and touring Ireland and parts of Europe with another musical project, ELLYD finally decided to undertake a solo venture and record her debut EP called “Rise”. ELLYD debuted her new material in Berlin, playing various stages across the city she describes as one of her favourite places in the world. After her successful travels to Germany, ELLYD released “Rise” on 30th May 2016. The highly anticipated EP was recorded, mixed and mastered in Jam Studios with Martin Quinn. “Rise” reached number 8 in the itunes charts and has been played on various national and local radio stations. It has received, and is still receiving wonderful reviews. 



The Vulture Collective
14:00 - 14:40

Funky crusty swing.


Sin & Sister
15:00 - 15:40

From the depths of the seven to the harmonious highs, listen close as these siblings sing you life tales of blissful familiarity and bottled truths.


Beatrix Nova
16:00 - 16:40

Nova (Saoirse Lawlor) has been writing songs since she was 10 and is currently writing her first album. Nova's music will take you on a journey... the music has elements of pop, is quirky, alternative, and original. With incredibly mature vocals, Nova's capabilities as both a singer and a songwriter will impress all.



Gemma Bradly
17:00 - 17:40

Gemma Bradley is a singer/songwriter based in Derry and Dublin, Ireland. 
 Recent festivals she has played at include: BARE in the Woods, Glasgowbury, Foyle Folk Festival, Culture Tech, Women of the World Festival, the Red Sails Festival,RTE's Other Voices Music Trail and Stendhal Festival. She was a finalist in the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Writing Competition for which she co-wrote a song with Paddy Nash, 'The Old Country'. Gemma also won the 'Best Youth/Under 18' category of the City of Culture/Resonate music video contest in December 2013 with her song 'Wicker Men'. This song was also voted best song by the judges at the 2014 Irish Youth Music Awards. Gemma also reached the final of the Big Music Project, which was held at the Indigo at the O2 in London in February 2015 where she impressed a panel of industry judges with her unique vocal and songwriting abilities.  She released her debut single Wicker Men in February 2015 and has released her EP 'Firewalk', which is availble to download on itunes.






19:00 - 20:00

Caz9 is the electro pop reincarnation of an acoustic singer songwriter turned producer. Her debut solo EP is due for release this winter.



El Gray
20:30 - 21:10

“She has the potential to soar." Hot Press Magazine
"One of the stand out acts for me of any of the sessions I frequent, haunting melodies, beautiful vocals and a really intriguing act that literally had the hairs standing on the back of my neck." Anto Kane 2uibestow Music Blog "ethereal ... cosmos" John Byrne (103.2 Dublin City FM)

Haunting melodies, passion, distinctive vocals & vocal improvisations are characteristics of the El Grey sound. Her songs are all colours and tones.. of Grey. Very few people sing like she does. El Grey's only recently found the courage to share what she's got.



21:20 - 22:00

Ruth is a Dublin based artist, hailing from Co. Kerry, Ireland. Having brought a classic sound with a modern twist to the Irish music scene, she has very quickly come to prominence within the music industry. Spring 2016 saw her support English band ‘This Is The Kit’ in association with MCD promotions on their sold out Irish tour. Her debut single ‘Who Are You Living For?’ was quickly featured on the renowned BBC Introducing, The Irish Times and RTÉ after it’s release. Tipped as one of the highlights of the annual Whelan’s Ones To Watch festival, she is armed with anthemic songs that have been said to possess "early 1990s vibes, with a modernly bewitching touch”. Summer 2016 saw the release of her single’s remix by Wastefellow premiere on Nialler9 and was received with warm appraisal from blogs and websites all over the world. Her new single Queen Of The Con premiered on Nialler9 on October 21st to much acclaim. Musical influences originated at home, with Leonard Cohen serenading her during car journeys, and Elvis singing from the kitchen at night time. Having started her training as a classical musician at the age of eight, Ruth began composing her own songs on the piano when she was twelve, and has been honing her craft ever since. With conflicting interests in Hollywood film, classical and electronic music, she translates an eclectic mix of influences into one modern, cohesive sound. This has merited her an ever growing fanbase, as well as a high level of respect from her contemporaries. A natural performer, she boasts an energetic and enchanting set. Catch her at one of her live dates, below.



22:20 - 23:00

SYLK are an electronic duo based in Dublin. Formed in 2016, they showcase a distorted black and white sound along with noise, harmony and visuals while drawing on inspiration from experimental electronic sounds. Controversial. Distortion. Manipulation. Currently SYLK are producing their debut EP which will be released in 2017.



23:20 - 24:00

Indie-electronic-pop artist. Launched with her debut single 'Neoprene' on 21.01.2017. Premiered on @CLASH_music and played as a @BBCR1 'Future First'.


Gypsy Rose

5 Ashton Key

With Claire Percivel [Dead Label]

The Turn
17:20 - 18:05


Alien She
18:15 - 18:50

Alien She consists of 3 friends with a shared affinity for punk music. They write their songs together, some coming from poems and short stories, some from personal experiences. The band has a wide range of influences, from 60s melodic girl bands such as The Ronettes, to 77 punk bands such as Penetration, along with the riot girl movement of the 90s and New York bands such as Vivian Girls. Aoife, poet and writer, and Katie, artist and solo performer found something magical in playing music together. Darragh, writer and musician who plays power pop under the solo moniker Jon Dots, ties their vision together. The band are about to release their debut album, 'Feeler!'



19:05 - 19:40

2 piece punk rock band making lots of noise. 
Polite Society Records



Dissension Rising
19:55 - 20:30

Dissension Rising are bringing new things to the Rock scene in Ireland and further afield. Essentially a Hard Rock Band who can play sleezy Rock with a Bluesy undertone. They have a strong fan base in many countries, they performed their first US Tour in 2015 and just completed their very successful 2016 US Tour, arrangements are already underway for their 2017 US Tour.



Sub Motion
20:45 - 21:20

“Meet the band of unashamedly serious rockers defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland” - Hotpress Magazine



Pillow Queens
21:35 - 22:25



22:40 - 23:30

Mother Mooch are a Psychedelic Doom Grunge band from Dublin, Ireland.

"‘Nocturnes’ is an astounding album from a band that have the potential to conquer the world." 
- The Sludgelord

“The music flows seamlessly through grungy Alice In Chains style vocals, up-beat Venom-esque tempos and groovy psychedelic solos… A full spectrum of heavy music – from psychedelia to doom to grunge – wrapped up in one beautiful package.” 
- Doomed & Stoned

“A desert blues that oozes ominously from the speakers...” 
- Hot Press Magazine



Claire Batt [Bitches Brew] DJ Set
01:30 - 2:30

The Hub

23 Eustace St, Temple Bar

Kate Brennan Harding
23:00 - 01:00

Ruth Kavanagh
01:00 - 03:00

€5 entry before midnight



The Grand Social

35 Liffey Street Lower


The Loft

Maggie Rose
11:30 - 12:30
Maggie Rose Dubliner Mix - District Magazine

Plutonic Dust
12:30 - 2:00

Maggie Rose
2:00 - 3:00


The Beer Garden

Colin Devine + Just Damian
(Tribute to Women DJ Set)
10:30 - 2:30


Floor Zero

11:00 - 2:30


Sin É

Hosted by Bitches Brew
20:00 - 02:30


Bang Bang 'Caoimhe' Barry
21:45 - 22:15

THE BANG BANG BAND WILL BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT! This bright young outfit uses clever and unique techniques that transports the listener from the Jackson 5 to En Vogue and everything in between in a non-stop enslaught of mashups that transcends genre, eras and National barriers. This enthralling ensemble is generally a four piece group, but, they can also accept bookings as an acoustic trio for more intimate venues. The Bang Bang Band are also the resident band for the Saucy Jack Burlesque troup which has been delighting audiences this summer. The Bang Bang setlist is mainly loaded with an arsenal of nineties, naughties and current century pop hits. However, to keep these mash-ups interesting, seventies soul, funk, disco and popular hits from the eighties keep the song changes smooth and seemless.



Leila Jane & The Healers
22:30 - 23:30

Leila embraces the magic of the Delta Blues and combines it with sweet sounding tones of 50's rock n’ roll and country music. Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson and John Lee Hooker are among her influences. Her raw and heartfelt lyrics display a deep emotional intelligence rarely found in someone of her age. After a performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival her voice was described as ‘’somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny’’. Last year she received the Imelda May Scholarship to study in Dublin at ‘the Uk and Europe’s most connected music college’, BIMM.



Montauk Hotel
23:45 - 00:45

Dublin based band with a glimmer of eighties.



Pretty Beast
01:00 - 02:00

Pretty Beast have been operating out of the Greater Dublin Area since early 2015. All colliding from different ends of the city and differing ends of the musical spectrum, they come together with their unique brand of Alternative-Dance-Rock. Each band member draws on their diverse influences to create a high octane, electronic/rock sound that ranges from the likes of Royal Blood to Massive Attack.




Caoimhe Lavelle [DJ Set]
22:30 - 01:30



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