Two city students are to hold a festival to encourage more women into punk, rock and metal music.
Simone Walsh, 22, and Megan Devenney, 21, who are both at university in Aberdeen, have organised the Girls To The Front event.
The two-city music extravaganza will take place on Friday, April 28, at O’Neill’s pub in the Granite City and on Saturday, April 29, at The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh.
A total of eight bands, all of which have at least one female member, will play across the two nights of the event, which is being held for the second year.
The pair, who met while attending the same gigs in Aberdeen, decided to arrange the festival after becoming frustrated with the lack of female representation in the music scene.
Simone, from Glasgow, a final year medical student at the University of Aberdeen who plays bass guitar in thrash metal band Flesh Storm, said: “We want to prove that there is no shortage of talented women in music and hopefully this will encourage more women to do the same thing in the future.
“Even if we get more women interested in punk music and attending more shows, that would be a big bonus.”
For Simone, and Megan, of Largs, who studies contemporary art practice at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art as well as being a part-time carer, this is their first experience of hosting a festival and they are running it as a non-profit event.
Simone said: “The majority of punk bands are made up solely of male members.
“The same goes for the audiences at these shows, and we find this particularly apparent in Aberdeen.”
Girls to the Front festival was inspired by a speech given by Kathleen Hanna of 90s feminist punk band Bikini Kill.
The singer encouraged her female fans to push to the front of the crowd, in order to create a safe space for women at her concerts.