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Big Joanie are, objectively speaking, one of the coolest bands in Britain today. There’s no point in arguing, it’s just a fact. The London trio, formed nearly a decade ago, have ground and grafted their way from DIY rookies to towering heroines of the punk scene, challenging a notable lack of intersectionality in the process. Black, feminist, and unapologetic, the band channel the furious spirit of the ‘90s riot grrrl movement and borrow from the synth-heavy inclinations of post-punk to craft a sound that is as nuanced and thought-provoking as it is distinct.

Debut album Sistahs, released through Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz’s Daydream Library Series, catapulted Big Joanie to a streak of prestigious support slots, with the group sharing bills alongside the likes of Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Gossip and Idles, among others. Sophomore record Back Home was released in early November to a similarly enthusiastic reception, and found vocal champions in Pitchfork, The Guardian and many, many more. Urgent and propulsive in their intelligence, their return to Newcastle’s Cluny on Sunday 15th January is not to be missed. Trust us.

Big Joanie play The Cluny, Newcastle on Sunday 15th January.


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