On March 8th, we’ll be hosting the launch party of a brand new arts and music project in Birmingham, Slag Mag. Slag Mag, with Slag standing for the Serious Ladies of Arts and Gigs, is a zine that will focus on female fronted arts, music, film and more in Birmingham and beyond.
The zine was started by Sophie Hack and Mazzy Snape, two women who have worked in the music industry for a number of years. They became tired of the lack of representation and acknowledgement of females, women of colour and LGBTQ+ in the music and creative industry, and wanted to take a step forward in changing the conversation.
“When I was the promoter of a large music venue, my boss once said to me: ‘Who’s the venue Slag?’ Its us. We’re the Slags. The Serious Ladies of Art & Gigs.”
The first ever issue of Slag Mag features local musicians such as the punk duo Youth Man, garage rock duo Cherry Pickles and more, plus a range of artist spotlights and opinion articles that shine a light on the ever growing female talent in the West Midlands and further afield.
The Slag Mag creators will be launching their first issue at The Castle and Falcon on March 8th, International Women’s Day, with Brum disco DJs Bad Girls. Molly Allen and Lauren Franklin ‘take the patriarchy out the party’ with their disco, indie/alternative and feminist party hits, DJ’ing all across Birmingham and often raising money for a charity. Expect lots of disco, glitter and Donna Summer all night long.
Meanwhile, two upcoming yet already acclaimed artists Sorry Grace and Sofa King will be joining the roster. Dianne Velvet is Sofa King, with a nostalgic but now approach to lo-fi indie and synth pop. Previously a solo performer, Sofa King will be joined by a brand new full band, with a few new surprise sounds in store.