Electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep will present their Suffragette Tribute at Liverpool’s Sound City festival this weekend.
The all-female performance piece is commissioned by Edge Hill University as part of its Wonder Women campaign which celebrates the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, and will feature 11 of the University’s BA (Hons) Dance students as well as 15 percussionists alongside the band themselves.
The performance will take place at Camp and Furnace on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May at 8pm, and will then tour a further five UK festivals, including Latitude, Museum of London Food Festival, End of The Road, Festival Number 6 and Head for the Hills.
Co-commissioned by Edge Hill University and Manchester based creative music charity Brighter Sound, the tribute performance will bring together female musicians from the Liverpool area with design, audio-visual and production students to create a marching band and procession featuring brand new music from Stealing Sheep.
Stealing Sheep said: “We want to work with women from different ages, backgrounds and a mix of musical influences and styles, with a shared vision for celebrating women and suffrage. This incredible anniversary has inspired us to create a new piece of music that will come alive during this residency. We want to make a bold statement, bring women together and get loud!”
The performance will be the culmination of a five-day artistic residency led by the band themselves at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory. The residency is part of Both Sides Now, an initiative led by Brighter Sound to support, inspire and showcase female artists based in the Merseyside region.
Edge Hill’s presence at the festival will also include performances from dance groups 3rd Edge and EdgeFWD. Bands from the University’s ground breaking record label including Aztex, Ceemax, Oranj Son, Fox Trap and Vain Male will take over the 24 Kitchen Street venue on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.
Edge Hill University is Sound City’s Innovation Partner and has an ongoing partnership that provides career-enhancing connections to students. Edge Hill is committed to producing industry-ready graduates with real-world experience of working in the creative sector, which is essential in the UK’s competitive job market.
Cathy Butterworth, Arts Manager at Edge Hill said: “It’s very exciting to be working with the amazing Stealing Sheep and empowering to have so many women in one ground-breaking performance.
“Our contribution to Sound City this year really establishes us as Innovation Partner and pushes the boundaries of what we think of as arts programming, how we perceive festivals and what happens at them. This work is important to Edge Hill as arts and culture is so central to the University’s student experience.”