Alongside the festival, LOUD WOMEN’s online presence is especially important, with a 6,000-strong public Facebook group. Within you'll regularly find people searching for band members, connecting with regional promoters and sharing projects centred around women playing heavy music. It's a genuine communal space where women and non-binary musicians, industry professionals and music fans can connect without fear of being patronised.
LOUD WOMEN Fest and its surrounding community has become a vital stepping stone for female-led punk and rock bands on their way to bigger things: Dream Nails, Petrol Girls and The Menstrual Cramps have all featured on the line-up, and gone on to play the likes of Truck Festival, 2000trees and Boomtown Fair.
In fact, Dream Nails' first-ever gig happened to be the inaugural LOUD WOMEN showcase. Since then, the London band have become a staple of the UK's punk scene, recently releasing their debut album, which reached 100,000 streams in its first week.
"Dream Nails and LOUD WOMEN have both blossomed together. We refer to Cassie as our ‘fairy punk-mother,’” says vocalist Janey Starling, who has left the band since our interview. "We've been encouraging women and non-binary people to form bands, and she's very much created the infrastructure and support to make it a reality."