5. See a legend
BETTY is a band that divides opinion. But love them or loathe them, the fact remains that they’ve been trailblazing a path for all-female bands for more than a decade with their tough, rompy pop songs and that is to be applauded. And despite, what you may like to believe about yourself, we guarantee that when you’re drunk by 10:30 p.m. feeling emotional because it’s the last day of the festival and you and your new girlfriend won’t see each other for a whole week before you move in — you will sing along to every single word of that infamous L Word theme tune. You think that you won’t, but you most definitely will. We say this from experience.
Photo by Lana Yanovska
Another trailblazer on the bill is Scotland’s Horse MacDonald. A bluesy singer-songwriter, once described by Q Magazine as “the finest in the UK,” she is a live act that will whip the crowd into a dancing frenzy with more albums and hit songs in her repertoire than anyone else on the bill. (We’re not good at checking facts, so there’s a chance that this isn’t definitely true, but the point is you shouldn’t miss her.)
photo by Dawn Kilner
6. Meet the stars
After watching your favourite bands on stage, you can go and meet them — in actual real life — at the signing tent. Here is a little thing you might not know: Asking to have your breasts signed is not that cool. CDs, T-Shirts, even arms are perfectly fine. Breasts are best left for your new girlfriend rather than thrust into a musician’s unsuspecting hand, however arousing the thought might be.
7. Laugh at ladies
A year ago, we tried to write a column about 10 of the best out comedians in the UK but it turned we could only find three on the circuit at that point so our column was far shorter than expected. In one year however it has been a joy to see many more new out female comics arrive on the scene – and they are pretty much all playing at GOGO. Our absolute must-sees are Zoe Lyons, one of the best stand-ups in the UK, bar none, Jen Brister, who will be previewing parts of her Edinburgh Fringe show and Suzi Ruffell who was once told she’s pretty enough to not mention she’s gay – she choose not to listen and it turns out she’s still pretty, still funny and still gay.
Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister, Suzi Ruffell
8. Discover your new favourite artist
There are numerous new, emerging artists worthy of your attention over the weekend. We’d especially recommend you take a look at post-rock quintet Midas Fall, pop-rock starlet Christina Novelli, pop-soul purveyor Zemmy, acoustic singer-songwriter Jasmine Kennedy and melodic rockers JOANovARC.
Christina Novelli and Jasmine Kennedy
Zemmy and JOANovARC
9. Stay up late and party
When at a music festival, our mantra is: Sleepin’s Cheatin’. On Friday, the Opening Night Launch Party will kick off with the Freemasons and Katharine Ellis on the Main Stage, while the GOGO Big Top will play host to late night parties on Saturday and Sunday with sets from some of the country’s best female DJs including DJ Lil Jo and DJ Lady Bex. We’ll see you on the dancefloor til we drop lesbians.
10. Buy a ticket
Obviously to have all this fun, you first need a ticket to go and they are running in fairly short supply, so don’t miss out. You can buy them at www.gogofestival.com, where you can also find the full line-up and travel information.
“Great LezBritain” authors Sarah, a Londoner, and Lee, a Glaswegian, met in a gay discotheque one bleak mid winter, eight years ago and have been shacked up together ever since. When not watching Tipping The Velvet, they find time to write, run a PR company, DJ at their own club nights and love a bit of jam on toast. Follow them on Twitter at greatlezbritain.