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Women’s Work Announce Influential Keynote for 2016 Festival


Music critic and feminist writer Jessica Hopper has been announced as keynote speaker at the upcoming festival

Jessica Hopper is one of today’s most important voices in music journalism. Currently editorial director for Music at MTV, she was previously Sr. Editor at Pitchfork and the Music Editor at Rookie. Her latest book, The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic, anthologizes the last 15 years of her work.

Hopper’s work has been described as influential by the New York Times and has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. Her keynote in 2015 at BigSound Festival in Australia has been widely praised. 'Somewhere between Beatle-mania and Beiber-mania, we’ve lost sight of the capacity young women have to anticipate, sustain and add cultural value to the experience of music,' Hopper said. 'We need everybody to show up for women.'

Hopper’s Belfast talk will focus on the international conversation around inclusivity in the music industry, what is changing and what that means for everyone involved, as how accessibility and an equal playing field for women is the path to success . The keynote will take place at 3pm and is set to be inspiring and encouraging for any music fan.

The afternoon will also include a panel with award winning music blogger Nialler9, Jenny Wren (festival booker at Body & Soul) and Tanya Sweeny (Irish Times). Later that day the subject of women in live sound and studio engineering will be up for discussion with Julie McLarnon from Analogue Catalogue studio and Una Monaghan. More speakers are to be announced for both sessions.

The day will also feature workshops, crafts, fashion and a live showcase from Belfast music collective Go Girl and To Be Beautiful.

The event will take place at 3pm on Sunday March 6th, in the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast, BT1 2LG.

More info to come – please check for details