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LadyRock Festival

Jordan McDowell speaks to Pride's former director Jackie Crozier about her latest Manchester venture

Written by . Published on February 1st 2012.

LadyRock Festival

ON August 30 last year, Confidential published an interview with Jackie Crozier, Festival Director for Manchester Pride, after she had announced that she was stepping down from her role. I spoke with Jackie whilst Manchester Pride 2011 was in full swing but other than memories of her time at the UK’s biggest Pride, got very little from her about her plans for the future.

Female artists, female fronted bands, female hosts and even female comedians will preside over the one day festival hosted at the Manchester Rugby Club ground in Cheadle Hulme

That all changed this weekend. Jackie Crozier, the one-woman Exocet missile, has announced that she is launching her own festival. The name, LadyRock, the idea, to bring girl power back to the 21st century. For Jackie it means bringing ladies and their lads together for good music, signed and unsigned, in one of the UK’s most musical cities, Manchester.

Female artists, female fronted bands, female hosts and even female comedians will preside over the one day festival hosted at the Manchester Rugby Club ground in Cheadle Hulme - an open air event for the second May bank holiday (remember your umbrellas).

Jackie Crozier - Photo by Dawn KilnerJackie Crozier - Photo by Dawn Kilner
Whilst standing in the corner of the city’s premier lady bar, Vanilla, I was witness to the first run of photos being snapped for the launch promotion and marketing. Lady Rockers and their Rocker Boys posed for the camera whilst wearing branded LadyRock tees. After observing some of the Lady Rockers, their asymmetrical hair and sleeve tattoos, I turned to Jackie and asked, “is it a gay festival?”

Apparently not, but a women’s festival which aims to invite ladies from all walks of life (and their male friends) to enjoy a day of entertainment in Manchester. Like Park Life but with heels. “It will be the biggest and the best women’s festival in the UK,” promises Jackie, “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The UK’s next ladies festival has been on the cards for a while, probably longer than Crozier will let on. Jackie’s stepping down from Manchester Pride was a shock to the system for Pride supporters because her role had become synonymous with Pride in Manchester and the vast growth of the event over the last four years.

Photo by Holly CumminsPhoto by Holly Cummins

Jackie told me, “I always said I wanted my own festival, I never thought it would happen”, which gives some indication as to why Jackie left Pride behind: it wasn’t her baby. Still, the decision wasn’t one taken lightly and it was only after a cup of tea and pep talk with close friend Heather Peace that Jackie got the nerve to chase after her dream and launch LadyRock.

Before signing off I begged for a hint of the line-up. My attempts were futile, "no exclusives for you there Jordan," said Jackie, "you'll have to wait until the tickets go on sale".

With an enviable black book and a few celebrity mates to fill the VIP area, it looks like Jackie is on to a winner with LadyRock. We’ll all have to find out this May. Tickets go on sale from March 1st.

For more information visit www.ladyrockfestival.com or follow LadyRock on Twitter @LadyRockFest

Follow Jordan McDowell on Twitter @jordanjmcdowell

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tFebruary 2nd 2012.

I don't get it. What's the statement being made here by only putting on female fronted acts? As far as I can tell women are pretty common place in the entertainment industry, have been for years. Am I missing something?

AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2012.

What about ALL the work that wimmin have done at "Women's Tents!" at Pride events all over UK. Also how can this be 'feminist; when it's called 'Lady'Rock?!Eh???

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2012.

This seems like GoGo Festival and L-Fest, already been done and it seems a great idea but another way to make money? It states women-only, but men invited as guests!! Is it Women Only or not? A little unsure what this is supposed to be making a statement about? Not sure whether I should be, as a lesbian, getting excited about the 1st March or not?...............

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2012.

I think the point is to celebrate 'the female', specifically within the arts (music and comedy) - whether you are female or not makes no difference. I think this is a great thing personally :)

It's inclusive - and if we were celebrating the ladies and banning certain people from coming to do so, isn't that a step backwards? We're better than that surely...

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