If you're a metal queen, a rocker girl, a fierce female of the stage, there's a spotlight calling for you.
The Metalocalypstick Festival will return this coming summer for its fourth year featuring females. Founded by former Prince George/Robson Valley rock diva Kaija Kinney of Vancouver metal band Anarcheon, Metalocalypstick doesn't exclude men but it definitively includes women.
"Taking place in the scenic community of Lone Butte, this two-day festival brings in high quality metal acts from around North America (and beyond) each with at least one powerful female member," said a statement issued by Kinney and her team of festival organizers. "Camping while surrounded by mountains and great music, it is the perfect setting to enjoy a vast array of talent across metal, punk and hardcore."
The next edition happens June 28 to July 1 and submissions are now being accepted to get your music at that microphone. Some of the highlight acts that have already performed at Metalocalypstick include the likes of Brazil's Nervosa, Egypt's Massive Scar Era, Mexico's Cabrakaan, Hollywood's The Maension, Valfreya, Scythia, Mortillery and many more.
"Now is your chance to join the ranks of the talented alumni that have rocked the stage at this empowering event," said the Metalocalypstick team. "Submissions to play the festival are now open until Nov. 17."
The application form is available on the event's website.
In addition to showcasing the diversity of females on the harder edges of rock, the event also raises money for more of that momentum. Proceeds raised by the show have been donated to charities like Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, and Earth Protectors plus they sponsor an independent band picked by Metalocalypstick Fest judges.
"This festival means the celebration of both sexes coming together and creating something amazing," said Kinney. "People like to say women in metal aren't a big deal anymore and that we are all the same. I feel that is untrue, this is still a male dominated world and women are still looked upon as lesser. I want to showcase all these bad ass ladies and celebrate the differences of men and woman rather than pretend we are all equal. Truth is we are different why can't we celebrate that?"
At the same time, it draws positive attention and infusions into the local economy since the festival is attracting international eyes onto the Cariboo region.
FOR THE WEB:
The application form for Metalocalypstick Festival is available at this link: http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks/artists-2018/bands/band-submissions/