Playing their first London show in over a year, Findlay headlined We Can Do It Promotions’ charity gig at Hackney’s Shacklewell Arms on Thursday night; and it was a triumphant return in aid of a worthy cause. Supported by indomitable duos SKiNNY MiLK and DOLLS, Findlay performed in aid of Rape Crisis UK; and over £1000 was raised for the organisation through ticket sales and donations.
Set up by Kelly Chard, WCDI Promotions was founded on the frustration and desire to challenge sexism in the music industry. Combining gender-balanced line-ups, charity, and brilliant music is clearly something people are keen to get behind; the venue was packed out for the majority of the night.
Brighton duo SKiNNY MiLK kicked things off with a set that was crammed full of devious bass lines and knockout drumming. They performed songs ‘Come On’ and ‘Here It Comes’ from their debut self-titled EP, as well a superb rendition of ‘Y.G.D’. As the temperature rose, front man Johnny removed his t-shirt to reveal his tattooed torso and despite a malfunction with drummer Tim’s stool, the pair belted their way through a short but stellar set.
Up next were DOLLS, who kept the momentum going with their tenacious attitude and punk-inspired riffs. With a stare that could crack the face of their porcelain namesakes; guitarist and vocalist Jade performed with trademark precision, whilst drummer Belinda stomped out her beats with enthusiasm and style. The pair played ‘Kid Kannibal’ and ‘Audrey’, both of which feature on their latest EP.
By the time Findlay took to the stage, the crowd were ready to cruise through the blues with front woman Natalie and her incredibly talented band. They played ‘”real oldies” like ‘Your Sister’ as well as their most recent release; the infectiously satirical ‘Junk Food’. Findlay were enviably in sync throughout the night, and the crowd swayed and sang along until they closed their set with ‘Off and On’, and Natalie thanked Kelly for organising such a great event.
At a time when government cuts are depleting organisations designed to help vulnerable women and girls, events like this are more important than ever. If you’re looking for a way to combat sexism, support worthy causes, and meet like-minded people who are eager to change industry discrimination; head down to more of WCDI Promotions’ events.
Photo Credit: April Arabella Collins
Video Credit: Clark Kents Rock and Roll Revue