Another name added to Pride at the Ironworks, in collaboration with Joy promotions, is London based songwriter and rapper Girli. With her stylish pink hair and modern take on pop music, the catchy songs speak about feminism, sexuality, queer culture, and mental health. Here’s a quick Q&A about all things Pride!
Hi Girli, how are you today?
Heyyyyy I’m doing pretty fabulous 😉
You have performed all over the country, what do you love about Brighton?
I love Brighton because it is full of open-minded people who really aren’t afraid to be themselves. walking around the lanes and on the beach, I feel like I can be my pink mulleted queer weird self here and no one ever judges – Brightonians love people who are different and express themselves!
What can audiences expect from your show at the new Ironworks Studios this August?
Audiences can expect high energy, good chaos, maybe some smashing pinatas and lots of twists and turns and audience interaction – when I sing, I sing to the crowd like I’m reading them my diary entry and I get so involved with the crowd. My show in Brighton will only be the 2nd full capacity standing show I’ve done in almost 2 years, so I am gonna go WILD!
Ironworks is also home to Brighton & Hove Pride, the UK’s Biggest Pride festival. What does Pride mean to you?
Brighton Pride was always a dream of mine to attend, and can-you-believe-it, I’VE NEVER BEEN! Teenage me would be pinching herself if she knew that I was performing for Pride at its home, Ironworks. I’m really excited to show my pride and perform to an amazing LGBTQ+ (including allies) crowd.
How does it feel to be back on the stage after a year of lockdowns?
It feels like I’m back where I belong. playing shows is like a drug to me, I can’t get enough of it, the crowds, the energy, being able to sing my songs and have people sing them back; I’m kinda emotional!
What was your most memorable show – or memorable audience! – and why?
Going on my own headline tours is always so special. I remember one show in Manchester where the queues were all the way down the street to get into the show and the energy was ridiculous, the room was full to the brim and there was this giant disco ball and I crowd surfed and felt on top of the world and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face the entire night.
Are there any films or TV series that have kept you entertained over the last year?
I got really into Bridgerton, Lol. I fought it for so long and then boom I was hooked. I’m a very sensitive and romantic person so that stuff entices me. I also started re-watching The L Word. a classic.
What are your go-to songs if you want to get up and dance?
Disco Tits by Tove Lo or any Rihanna song.
What’s your favourite cocktail?
Mojito! I have a sweet tooth like a child and they also cram it full of sugar and mint. Yummmmm.
Are you ever tempted to change your hair colour from its trademark pink?
People ask me this all the time and honestly, who knows? just like you can’t predict anything in life I have no clue if I’ll keep my pink hair forever, but it’s been 5 years now and I don’t wanna change it anytime soon. cutting it into a mullet gave my hair a new lease of life I think too. I LOVE my pink hair.
Dysmorphia has been on repeat at the Pride office – what can we expect next from Girli?
LOADS more music. and videos. and shows. just expect me not to stop, because my songs are the diary entries of my life, and my life isn’t stopping anytime soon.
For Pride at the Ironworks information and line-up please visit: www.brighton-pride.org/pride-at-the-ironworks
SHOW DATES: Weds 25th August 2021
TICKETS: £13 + £1.75 booking fee + £2 Brighton Rainbow Fund charity contribution
Age Restriction: 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Any Warnings: No