Check out our #DIVAMusicFest18 best bits!

As we all begin to recover from the first ever DIVA Music Festival, we gather (just some) of our highlights from the #womeninmusic bonanza...


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As #TeamDIVA recover from that what-day-even-is-it post-DIVA Music Festival feeling, we can’t help but reminisce...

 

The inaugural DIVA Music festival in Great Yarmouth was a weekend jam-packed full of lez/bi/queer #womeninmusic and, just one day after DJ VYLIT span her last track on the closing night, we share with you some of our favourite moments from the wild, women-filled weekend... 

 

 

The day before, trio Red Sky July rehearsed their set of alt country before performing to a packed-out main stage. If you’re in the mood for some festive Americana, give Save Christmas Day For Me a listen for all the hot-chocolate-in-front-of-the-fire-type feels.

 

 

DIVA were lucky enough to have the Grammy nominee and BRIT award winner KT Tunstall grace both our main stage (headlining on Saturday) and our cover this month — but that doesn’t mean we’ve had enough. KT's latest album is number two of a trilogy and we’re gonna have Wax on repeat 'til we get our hands on the next instalment... 

 

 

Twenty-two-year-old Caitlyn Scarlett (with a Y and two T’s, thank you very much) has been featured in the likes of Wonderland since she was 18. The soulful singer-songwriter has a new single out now, Nightmares, available now on Spotify, YouTube – and anywhere else that plays the best music.

 

 

We don’t know what possessed that damn good liar to break Emily Burns' heart, but her lyrics about the inevitable back stabbing of ex-lovers 100% resonated with the crowd (we've all been there...) The pop revolutionist wrote the song after a spell of disillusionment with a would-be girlfriend, so she knows what she’s on about. Also, we all want pink hair now thanks.

 

 

Labelled one of the finest singers in Britain by Q Magazine, Horse McDonald made all of our #dreamscometrue. Catch her moving vocals live when she goes on tour in 2019. Perfect Christmas gift, anyone?

 

 

DIVA Music Festival co-founder and artistic director, Heather Peace is one of a team of bloody brilliant women (not forgetting those behind the scenes) which we have to thank for this all-woman talent haven. Give her latest album, Hey Mayhem, a listen and travel back to Friday night with us (what we can remember of it, anyway...)

 

 

Of course the wonderful Kal Lavelle would secure a standing ovation. Caitlyn and Kal even had a moment, very much like our fangirling-shaped moment when we saw Kal on stage. Get your paws on her latest album, For the Loved and Lost, here.

 

 

The South African, two-time SAMA award winner took our breath away this weekend. We’ll be watching Toya's latest music video until we next see her live — sooner rather than later, hopefully. One to watch if you're not already, folks.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Folk singer-songwriter LAKY went straight from DIVA Music Fest to playing a gig in Shoreditch – which we'd have all been at if we didn't still have a festival to run. We can’t get enough of this young old soul. Keep up with teasers of her new singles (and great sense of humour) on her Instagram while we all patiently wait to see her again. 

 

 

Who else to close our first-born Fest but the spectacular Gabrielle? The Hackney born-and-raised icon has been topping charts since her first single, and if you missed the magic this weekend you can catch her in her 2019 tour, all the way from Glasgow to Brighton.

 

The ever-so-cool Mrs Claus didn’t even wait till Christmas to give us the best present of the season — listen to This Christmas, her first ever holiday single, and prepare to have it on repeat while you put up your tree. 

 

If we could tell you all about the festival, we would, but we’re still reeling (and need to go to bed). Here’s hoping we dream about the weekend. And also, yes, Kiki Archer. We feel you.

 

 

To all who came... THANK YOU. See you there next year?

 

 

 

Only reading DIVA online? You're missing out. For more news, reviews and commentary, check out the latest issue. It's pretty badass, if we do say so ourselves.

 

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