Big Joanie

PRS Foundation are #ProudToBe supporting: Big Joanie

In line with the Black History Month 2021 theme, we’ve teamed up with PRS Foundation to highlight some of the outstanding Black Music Creators they’re #ProudToBe supporting. First up: Big Joanie.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 15 Oct 2021
  • min read

Big Joanie are a Black feminist punk band formed in the heart of London’s DIY punk scene in 2013. Their first live show was at First Timers; a space where members Stephanie Phillips (singer/guitarist), Chardine Taylor-Stone (drummer) and Estella Adeyeri (bassist) felt they could be ‘completely themselves as Black women.’

In June 2018, the three-piece were spotted playing live by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and his partner Eva Prinz. By the following morning, the pair had created a record label specifically to sign the band and release their debut album, Sistahs. They have since been signed by US record label Kill Rock Stars, the home of many of the riot grrrl acts who inspired Big Joanie to make music. They have toured the UK and Europe extensively, receiving features in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the Guardian alongside radio play on BBC 6 Music and KEXP.

Following delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Big Joanie are now set to launch their highly anticipated follow-up to Sistahs in 2022.

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