New Festival Highlights Local Womxn in Music

Bust Out BostonMelissa Ferrick will headline "Bust Out Boston." Photo courtesy of Melissa Ferrick.

For the team behind Bust Out Boston, the music festival is a sign of support for the #MeToo movement.

“We wanted to create a platform and a safe space for womxn, non-binary, trans, and marginalized individuals to perform,” Alyssa Spector, a producer of the five-day festival, told Scout in an email. “It’s important for our community to recognize that many of Boston’s talented artists do not fit into one category, and that’s what makes our music scene so diverse and exciting.”

Bust Out Boston, which organizers plan on making an annual event, features female-identifying and non-binary musicians including Melissa Ferrick, The Devil’s Twins, Oompa, Lily Black, and Shepherdess. It will run from Sept. 19 to 23 at The Burren.

“I look at this as an opportunity for Metro Boston to have a national lens put on it for the fact that it has this incredibly thriving music scene, and that there’s a huge community supporting that, and that it’s dominated by female-identifying and non-binary [people],” festival producer Erica Mantone says.

Organizers emphasize that the lineup of Bust Out Boston is diverse, “with genres ranging from hip-hop, to folk, to pop, to metal, and everything in between,” according to Spector.

Bust Out Boston will run Sept. 19 to 23 at The Burren. Tickets for each time block of the festival are $15, and can be purchased on the Bust Out Boston website.