The work of trans and gender non-conforming musicians in the local underground community has become increasingly visible over recent months, thanks to the efforts of figures like Simona Castricum and June Jones, as well as discussions sparked around the LISTEN collective. These artists have been out there for a minute now, collaborating and playing gigs together, creating songs, poetry and artwork with a fierce DIY energy.
This Sunday, 3 April, a group of them are coming together for TRANSGENRE, ‘a mini music festival celebrating trans and GNC (gender non-conforming) musicians, DJs, poets, and performance artists’. They’ve made us a playlist showcasing the range of talent on the bill – from the droning, industrial synth pop of Simona Castricum and WK II (Wet Kiss) to the downer country jams of Callan and Two Steps on the Water. There’s also spoken word by Xen Nhà, experimental noise from Jack Mannix’s TERMINAL INFANT project and the incisive folk of Native Cats’ Chloe Alison Escott.