Early Bird tickets £10 (only 30 available)
Regular tickets £15 (120 available)
Ahead of its first-ever music and wellness festival in September, live music curator, Secret Sessions is joining forces with Tokyo Industries to host an intimate warm-up gig at Manchester gentlemen’s club, Whiskey Down, on Sunday 25th July.
Celebrating inclusion and diversity, the evening’s entertainment is curated by women-first programming organisation, GIRLS TO THE FRONT, and will present a breathtaking lineup of artists from a range of genres, 60% of whom identify as women or non-binary.
Traditionally, the names of Secret Sessions performers are kept secret until audience members arrive at the venue, however, for this special festival warm-up gig, and to whet local appetites, the organisers are announcing the evening’s headline act: OneDa.
OneDa is a female rapper and vocalist born and raised in Manchester UK, whose sharp-witted lyricism and melodic vocals have gained her a loyal and growing following over the past two years since she entered Manchester's music circuit. Fusing old school rap with contemporary vibes, OneDa’s latest single ‘YoYo’ was made Track of the Week on BBC 1extra and BBC Introducing.
The event is being hosted by Harriet JW, founder of the Secret Sessions live music platform, who has worked with hundreds of influential artists including Bastille, Mahalia, Arlo Parks, Freya Ridings and Kacey Musgraves. Harriet hopes the event will reignite the spark of togetherness that we have missed for so long, whilst tackling the gender bias in the music industry by championing women and non-binary artists in a venue where women can reclaim their power.
Harriet JW comments: “Unfortunately, in the late-night industry, particularly in gentleman’s clubs, there is still a sense that women are not welcome. At Whiskey Down, this is not the case. Whiskey Down is a high-end cabaret venue that welcomes women and non-binary people and is part of a forward-thinking group largely managed and operated by women. The club has featured amazing performers, such as Dita Von Teese, and before lockdown hosted a wide range of events aimed at both men and women.
“Through this takeover, we are looking forward to dispelling the myth that there are places that women cannot go. Our first-ever music and wellness festival, The Secret Sessions Festival will also be taking steps to provide a platform of opportunity for underrepresented artists by pledging a 60% women and non-binary lineup. The Festival is taking place in a secret Cheshire location from September 2nd-5th and tickets are on sale now.”
Charlotte Felton, Area Business & Corporate Development Manager, with Tokoyo Industries, adds: “Whiskey Down is frequently misunderstood by some facets of the general public and the mainstream media. We have created a beautiful immersive venue that has hosted some amazing events, including an intimate performance with the world-class burlesque performer, Dita Von Teese. We treat all of our customers, performers and our team with kindness and respect. We are really looking forward to delivering an amazing event with Secret Sessions, an event that will be free of the stifling restrictions of lockdown."
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