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It’s fair to say that female musicians are shamefully underrepresented at UK festivals, but not so at Muma Moonshine

Hosted from Friday 30th August-Sunday 1st September at the picturesque Drybeck Farm in Cumbria, and created by local musicians and friends Sarah van Jellie, Gem Andrews and Nicky Rushton, Muma Moonshine is organised, programmed and run entirely by women (cis, trans and non-binary people). “[The region] is home to an incredible network of lesbians and other queer women and non-binary people who work together, support and look after each other.” Gem explains.

The festival features an exciting and musically diverse line-up including hip-hop/rock act Ajah UK, vocal group Kissed, ‘northern sensation’ The Camp Vamps, Afro-Latin percussion duo Ladies of Midnight Blue, alternative Americana from Gem Andrews herself, plus the haunting sounds of Lady Caroline Mary, lush pop from Cat Apostrophe and Beccy Owen’s inspirational pop-up choir.

“Ultimately it’s the audience who don’t get to see the breadth of creativity and talent the UK music scene has to offer,” says Gem. “That’s why we’ve chosen to showcase queer women – it gives our audience a chance to see a line-up of artists they might never see altogether in a festival setting otherwise.” 

And as well as amazing music, delicious food, drinks, a big bonfire and a disco, the festival also prides itself on its inclusivity and friendliness. “Everyone is welcome, Muma Moonshine is open to all-comers. It’s a festival where everyone can have fun, camp, swim, enjoy the music and spend quality time together, and hopefully make new friends.”

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