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Playlist: International Women's Day 2018

Playlist: International Women's Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day! Here at Ticket Arena, we’re delighted to have such a large number of female acts across such a wide variety of events and we want to celebrate both that and them! From features in festival lineups to extensive tours, from bands, singers and songwriters to some of the most impressive DJs and producers on the electronic music scene.

Beyond that though, there’s the women who work in the industry; the writers, PR staff, festival bookers and more who also deserve praise and tribute. These are the women behind the scenes who make your parties and live music experiences possible - so we asked them to choose their favourite female tracks and compiled them - plus a bunch of added extra treats - into a playlist for your International Women’s Day experience. With featuring the likes of CHVRCHES, Lorde, Alice MertonSZA, Hinds, Willow, Cardi B, The Internet, Hannah Wants, Wolf Alice, Deap Vally, Sunflower Bean, Princess Nokia, Mabel, Moxie, Peggy Gou and many many more, here's to over four hours of fantastic female created sounds - Enjoy!

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Nadia Rose - Big Woman
Chosen by Lorna Gray
On top of this being a big party anthem, Nadia Rose’s track doubles up as an attitude-ridden telling of her capabilities as an emcee - which is ironic since she also killing it in her delivery.

Bjork - Big Time Sensuality
Chosen by Lucy Locket, Equaliser and Love Muscle
“It reminds me that it's natural to feel the fear but you should totally do it anyway, and take others with you on the ride.”

Crazy P - Heartbreaker
Chosen by Eileen Pegg, TA contributor
“Because Danielle Moore (lead singer) really is the type of female role model that we all should be looking up to! To top it off, this is just the most beautiful, warming, soulful song that never fails to make you grin and groove.”

IAMDDB  - Shade
Chosen by Georgie Walker, TA contributor
“This track from a female artist with an original exciting sound in 2018, is an attitude soaked anthem with lines like "I'm the wave you can go home" try and not feel empowered.”

Solange - Don’t Touch My Hair
Chosen by Nicole Raymond & Soph Okonkwo, TA contributors
“Behind its seemingly chilled and relaxing demeanour, the lyrics of this song ring home and make it clear. DO not touch my crown.” NR

“This song is an embodiment of reclaiming Black autonomy and is an empowering anthem for me as a young black woman. Throughout the past 2 years I have undertaken a personal journey of beginning to embrace my natural hair, and this is the soundtrack. It is reminiscent of many moments in my life when not just my hair but, my skin colour, my name, essentially my blackness, made others uncomfortable. Solange uses our hair as a metaphor for our soul and it is the ideal symbol, as our hair has been chastised throughout history and into the present.” SO

Dua Lipa - New Rules
Chosen by Lorna Gray
“After winning a string of awards for her pop tinted with a feminist agenda, Dua Lipa is currently the epitome of empowerment, with New Rules telling her fanbase to value themselves for their worth always and celebrating yourself.”

Liz Torres - Can't get enough
Sayang, Equaliser
"Liz Torres is the queen of house. It's inspiring to listen to a woman who released tracks that were equal (if not better) than many of her male peers, considering the completely male-dominated time period and genre. Can't get enough is such a perfect example of her brilliance and works in a club today as much as it did in 88."

Maya Jane Coles - Focus Now
Chosen by Eileen Pegg, TA contributor
“I remember when Maya Jane Coles was breaking through, around 2011, and I first heard her songs like this one. Alongside Magda, she was probably the first producer that I was passionate about, who just happens to be a woman - and look at her now!”

Stefflon Don - 16 Shots
Chosen by Lorna Gray
“For most women, their mother is their inspiration, their lead into what it means to be female and for many, their best friend. Stefflon Don’s track is not only warning people that they best not mess with her mother, but solid evidence of her being a complete badass.”

Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel
Chosen by Jemima Skala, TA contributor
“Ever the innovator, Janelle Monáe has been pushing boundaries since her first appearance as Archandroid. In her new track, she embodies the groove of Prince and reworks his legacy to make you get up and groove.”

Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Chosen by Lorna Gray
“What’s more empowering than sisterhood? The disco divas are internationally renowned and this is probably their most famed track, a profound proclamation of their family love.”

The Jones Girls - Better Things To Do

Chosen by Zoya Ahmed, Equaliser, Bathtime Sessions and Brudenell Groove
“Too many times you get struck by feels and it fucks you up & you find yourself falling off and getting beat down by it,  and this song came on at a time like that and I was like heck yeah, got so many better things to do, time is precious and so is your energy & its just so empowering, like yes pick yourself up, theres so much else you could be doing with your precious time!”

Check out where you can see some of these spectacular acts in the list below!

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