Photograph by Zoey Dang
Make Noise is a non-profit Warren Youth Project initiative and collective ran by a group of young womxn, created as a response to issues the group had experienced or heard were happening in the Hull music scene pertaining to a lack of visibility for womxn in the industry, and to the harassment and assault experienced by womxn in local venues during events. We feel that gigs should be a positive experience for everybody.
We began meeting and discussing these ideas in October 2017. We felt it was important to hear other womxn’s experiences with sexual harassment and assault at musical events, belittlement in entering the music industry, and the level of encouragement they feel they were given as a woman to work in the music industry or as a musician. We wanted to create a dialogue and make sure womxn’s opinions were being heard, respected and considered, before we made our next steps.
We launched in January 2018 - announcing an Open Meeting for womxn and non binary people. Over forty women attended our Open Meeting and we had industry professionals, music staff from local colleges, young musicians who haven’t been able to progress in their local scene, musicians who had been facing these issues for over fifty years, and young women who simply had issues when attending local gigs.
We centred our future work around the suggestions we received at this event and work with local venues and artists as a positive force to change the face of Hull's creative scene!