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Punk with Dream Nails

Season 2, Ep. 6

On the podcast this week Katherine and Paul welcome Mimi and Lucy from “queer, feminist, punk-witch band” Dream Nails.


We discuss what it means to be punk – in the cliched sense but also in the Dream Nails sense, which includes: writing badass music, creating safe gig spaces where everyone can dance without fear, shouting ‘women and non-binary people to the front’ at the start of every show and placing hexes on the patriarchy; all done with an immense amount of joy.


Describing themselves as ‘four punk witches from London’, we take the opportunity to summon an old Greenbelt tale about the year “the white witch” came to the field and the subsequent fallout. (Spoiler alert: some people weren’t that happy about it.) 


Plus, inspired by Dream Nails’ ‘Gig In a Box’ (complete with a handmade sticky floor tile so you can recreate that small-venue experience at home), Katherine and Paul wonder what a ‘Greenbelt In a Box’ might look like.


Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.

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ABOUT DREAM NAILS

Dream Nails are a punk force to be reckoned with. Founded by feminist activists in 2015, their debut album garnered 4/5 stars from NME, DIY and Kerrang!


The female four-piece have built a reputation across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia for their ‘fierce talent and furious energy’ (Guardian). Dream Nails have taken their riotous live shows on tour with Cherry Glazerr, Bleached and Petrol Girls. In 2019 they headlined Glastonbury's Sisterhood stage for the third consecutive time.


Dream Nails are PRS foundation and PPL Momentum 2020 artists. Having won support from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Amy Lame (BBC6), Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders (Radio 1), John Kennedy (XFM), and glowing coverage in Billboard, DIY, Upset, Independent, Guardian, VICE, Dazed, NYLON, Clash, i-D, The Skinny and Frieze, Dream Nails’ energy and youthful power promise to set your soul on fire.

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FEATURED TRACKS


Payback (25:55)

DIY by Dream Nails (30:22)

Vagina Police by Dream Nails (46:24)

Big Dyke Energy by Dream Nails (55:57)

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Podcast theme - I Can Change by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires


LINKS AND RESOURCES


Dream Nails


Feministmas & Gig In a Box


COVID-19: Shops to open 24 hours a day to boost high street pandemic recovery


Poverty in the Pandemic: the Impact of Coronavirus on Low-income Families and Children


Good Night Out


Riot Grrrl movement


Sisters Uncut


Hex the Patriarchy patch


Abortion Support Network


Lonely Star (Christmas Song) by Dream Nails


2young4punks - Don Letts at Greenbelt Festival 2011


Greenbelt at 40 (featuring the year of the witch and the willies)


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TAKE ACTION


Donate to Abortion Support Network

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00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In

00:20 - Katherine and Paul catch up

09:38 - Introducing Dream Nails and their work

10:48 - Dream Nails join the conversation

11:50 - Dream Nails on releasing their debut album during lockdown

13:54 - Dream Nails on not being able to play live

15:52 - Dream Nails on community

17:36 - Dream Nails on ‘women and non-binary people to the front’

24:07 - Dream Nails on activism and resilience

25:28 - ‘Payback’ by Dream Nails

26:26 - Dream Nails on their music

29:50 - Dream Nails on affirmations

30:22 - ‘DIY’ by Dream Nails

30:55 - Dream Nails on pushback

33:35 - Dream Nails on punk

36:29 - Dream Nails on self-care

39:32 - Dream Nails on witches

45:51 - Dream Nails on Greenbelt Festival

46:24 - ‘Vagina Police’ by Dream Nails

49:08 - Dream Nails on Abortion Support Network

52:47 - Dream Nails on Trump

55:57 - ‘Big Dyke Energy’ by Dream Nails

56:40 - Dream Nails on what’s coming up

59:13 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Dream Nails

01:15:45 - Coming up next week

01:16:30 - How to get in touch with us

01:17:18 - Thank you’s

01:17:58 - Hidden track

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A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

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