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Gals Fest: Queen Colobus + Hannah Rodríguez
Launching the first ever Gals Fest, Queen Colobus and Hannah Rodríguez will be headlining on Friday 11th March! Expect jazz and RnB, neo-soul vibes, and more…
Led by do-it-all front woman Beth Hopkins on saxophone and vocals, Queen Colobus are a unique band. The group’s songwriting reveals vulnerability and anger, whilst also giving the finger to fitting into tiny genre boxes. They mash together jazz with indie rock, neo-soul, and Beth’s teenage obsession with Dave Grohl. Their raw and emotionally honest lyrics, epic and engulfing build-ups and polished production will appeal to fans of Nilüfer Yanya, SAULT and Arlo Parks.
Following a childhood listening to jazz, Hannah Rodríguez began writing songs with her guitar in the serene hills of the Lake District. As her years progressed, so did her taste in music. At 18 she moved to London and began channeling her varied music taste into her own repertoire, resulting in a house collaboration with Confessionals, hip-hip collaboration with Bristol-based Caravan Collective and R&B/soul collaboration with London artists Kadz Woodz, Bambo and Joe Gladman. Rodríguez now continues to cross genres, with influences of jazz, electronic music, R&B and hip-hop all being apparent in her music. 2021 saw the release of some of the 23-year-old’s best music to date, such as the moody but sensual ‘Land Of Ice’ and the Amy Winehouse reminiscent ‘B2in1s’.
If you love jazzy influences and women who defy the boundaries of genre through music, this double-bill performance is not one to miss.
Gals Fest aims to celebrate emerging female artists in the London jazz scene and beyond, platforming talented artists who are unique and yet underrepresented. Our headliners represent a diverse array of musical influences, and we hope that our audience will constantly be learning something new in listening to them. Women make up only 21.7% of artists, 12.3% of songwriters, and 2.1% of producers in the UK music industry – Gals Fest is here to try and change that.