“But when is International Men’s Day?” If that sentence induced an eye-roll, you’ve probably only seen it in the context of the ‘Meninists’ (remember them?) or from people taking a jab at anyone forming an opinion on gender equality. Well, its time to put our Slag Mag spin on it.
You all know us as the Serious Ladies of Art and Gigs; we like to take the conversation about art and music representation and open the floor to those who may not normally have a voice. Now its time for the conversation to be multi-faceted. We’ve always been inclusive to everyone, and want to make sure no one feels like they aren’t ‘lady’ enough to be a SLAG.
That’s why, on November 19th, we’re launching the ‘Men’s’ issue. This is the chance for us to open the door those who may have thought that they weren’t femme enough to join in, to celebrate the LGBT+ men/mxn in our community and to give a nod to our allies who have supported us in this journey.
Don’t fret, we will resume to our regular Slaggy behaviour soon, and we plan to do another zine before the year is up. But we couldn’t resist another celebration in the meantime.
Bringing the noise to our International Men’s Day party are Felix Shepherd, Modern Literature and Brain Food. Felix Shepherd is a name known up and down the country, with thanks to his incredibly powerful X Factor performance. Now, Felix hones alt-pop and RnB melodies in a brand new way heavy in grooves and melody.
Next on the bill are Modern Literature, anti-patriarchy post punks who are just getting started. The four piece are in the process of releasing their debut EP ‘Nordic Fiction’ into the world, and if its anything like their previous “funky grunge” sets across Birmingham, you’re in for a treat.
Finally, Slag Mag allies and Kaleidoscope creators Brain Food complete our billing. Their mind-winding and twisted psychedelic opens doors and explores Americana, rock and roll and super sweet 60s psych. Brain Food are also the brains behind Kaleidoscope, a monthly psych and arts night that celebrates Birmingham talent from all walks of life, all for free.
Music is not all that is on the Men’s Day menu, as we’ll be including the first ever drag workshop, hosted by Hurst Street’s finest Blü and Yshee Black. DJ sets by yours truly and Dan Brown (Birmingham Pride) will soundtrack the night, whilst local art will be available to buy from a selection of artists including Slag Mag’s cover artist Ginger Dan.
Profits raised from ticket sales will be donated to CALM (Campaign For Living Miserably). CALM offer free, confidential and anonymous helpline & webchat service is open 5pm-midnight, every day of the year. Their helpline focuses on men but they also accept calls from women contacting with concerns about a man, and from anyone bereaved by suicide.
Slag Mag International Men’s Day takes place at 7pm on Tuesday, November 19th at Hare and Hounds. Tickets are £6 and include a mini zine with profits going to charity. Tickets are available from Skiddle now.