Indie pop rockers This Way North invite artists and industry to sass the patriarchy this month in Melbourne
Melbourne has been the centre of thoughtful discussion about women in music during February, with weekly events at Northcote Social Club highlighting artist's experiences and ways to improve the music scene.
The events are run by Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy from indie pop rock duo This Way North. Each week has so far featured musical performances and discussions centred around a more inclusive environment for women.
The intimate conversations have covered issues such as equal representation on music event lineups, how to include more women into industry roles such as sound engineers, producers, radio hosts and managers, and continuing the efforts to make places of work and play, safe and inclusive.
Leahy says, "The last few weeks of Sass the Patriarchy has been an incredible ride for the hosts, artists and audience. We have had some brilliant and powerful performances; and some insightful and important discussions about improving the music industry for women. It's a scary and vulnerable topic for a lot of people particularly men who do want to make a difference but are scared to pipe up.
We feel like we are creating a relaxed environment for all people of the community to engage with this particular political issue. So many supportive people out there actually really want to push and advocate for change. With an issue that's so multifaceted, it's hard for people to know where to start. It feels like the conversation has really begun to roll, with excellent feedback from the community about the experience so far. We want the discussion to flow on afterwards."
Three events have occurred so far with performances by Bitch Diesel, Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel and Hollie Joyce.
The final event takes place this Wednesday where you can hear from photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, music from The Twoks, and check out works by local artist Tanya Volt.