International Women’s Day is a wonderful, and incredibly important, way of recognising and celebrating the achievements of women all over the world – whether you have fought for political change, brought up a family, ran a marathon or just achieved anything at all, no matter how big or small – all women deserve to be celebrated.

Here at Broken Arrow, we wanted to celebrate women in alternative music who use their incredible talents to provide us with new music to listen to. Fortunately, there seems to be more and more female groups – or female fronted groups – that we have the pleasure of listening to nowadays. So let’s have a little look at some of them.


The Empty Page are a Mancunian group making sweet sweet music with “big smiles and wonky tunes.” Singer Kelii Compulsive provides highly contagious vocal melodies that soar and adds immense charm to the group. The guitars range between clever chord changes to crushing heavy chord progressions in expert fashion. Calling this group refreshing in a world of regurgitated bullshit (especially in the rock and metal world) would be an understatement. The band released their debut album ‘Unfolding‘ via PledgeMusic last year and it’s definitely worth a listen.

Check out ‘Wardrobe Malfunction‘ here:


Maid Of Ace is an all sister punk band from Hastings. These girls are incredibly hard working, constantly touring Europe and have had the honour of playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury as well as playing the established punk festival, Rebellion. This year Maid of Ace has been announced to play Boomtown too.

Check out ‘Made In England‘ here:


Arch Enemy has been fronted by two of the most dominant females in metal. Angela Gossow pushed Arch Enemy to the forefront of the genre in the mid-2000s, while Alissa White-Gluz has continued to carry on the banner as one of the most ferocious vocalists out there.

Check out ‘War Eternal – Live At Wacken 2016‘ here:


Fronted by the fierce Sever – who is not only gorgeous but also an awesome singer/song-writer, Sumo Cyco are an independent, punk metal band from Toronto in Canada. Some of their successes include a PledgeMusic campaign for their sophomore album, teaming up with Skindred‘s Benji Webbe for a single and touring with the likes of Fozzy and Devilskin.

Check out ‘Move Mountains‘ feat Benji Webbe here:


If you took everything rock music needs right now, London’s Nova Twins definitely tick all the boxes. They’re gritty, angry and heavy; the Nova Twins are certainly making some noise! Amy Love and Georgia South get a kick out of writing songs and playing shows wearing custom made clothes and stack heels. South’s thunderous bass and unique combination of FX pedals underpins Love’s urban lyrics and unique rockin’ yowl. It’s serious girl power motivation.

Check out ‘Wave‘ here:


Describing their music as ‘Pop Cock Rock’ on their social media, Motherfeather are an all-female duo providing us with anthemic riffs, powerful vocals and an ‘independent woman’ vibe we just can’t get enough of. The ladies released their debut self titled album last year via Metal Blade Records and recently announced some festival dates.

Check out ‘Mirror‘ here:


Millie Manders and The Shut Up has gained a lot of popularity on the UK ska and punk scenes for her fun and energetic live shows. Manders is usually a friendly face and a regular at Boomtown, whether she is playing or just a punter.

Check out ‘Teddy‘ here:


PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn is a role model for being who you want to be, since she spoke to Alternative Press about her sexuality. She also created a Spotify playlist detailing ‘Iconic Women In Music’. Not only is she a brilliant artist, if being yourself isn’t a achievement then I don’t know what is…

Check out ‘You And I‘ here:

These incredibly talented women are just a snippet of how much musical talent is out there. Here are some others that you need to check out:

Kobra And The Lotus
Bloom Twins
Muncie Girls
The Interrupters
Christina Rotondo
Code Orange
Employed To Serve
Rolo Tomassi

Who have we missed? who are some of the most inspiring women in alternative music? and who are the next big female artists? let us know in the comments below