Music lover creates ‘safe space’ group for women to attend events

A WOMAN has created a “safe space” group to help women attend concerts, gigs and festivals without having to look over their shoulders.

Shelby-Leigh Bradley, from Maryport, started the group Gals who Gig – Cumbria as a way for women to combat loneliness and find pals to attend events together.

The 26-year-old wants the group to cover the whole of Cumbria, with a future scope planned for the south and east of the county.

She said: “I started the band because I like going to live music events, but I’ve found that as I get older my friends are less available and don’t want to come to gigs anymore – they’re settled, have moved or started a family.

“It’s easy to say ‘just go out and meet new people’ but it’s a big risk to go out to places and pubs because you make yourself vulnerable and it’s not such a pleasant experience to be sober. in a room full of people while drinking.

“The Sarah Everard case is one of many women who have gone home and sadly never arrived – this group aims to bring women together and protect each other.”

She says she struggled with loneliness, amplified by the Covid pandemic. Outside of sports organizations, she thinks there are few opportunities to associate with people her own age.

There is a minimum age limit of 18 in the group, but no maximum.

She leads the group via a private Facebook group and Instagram page: @galswhogig_cumbria.

Shelby-Leigh said: “In the cities there are similar groups, there are student unions and groups for all interests, but unless you move to college you won’t be able to do it. experience.

“Living in Cumbria it is very difficult to find like-minded people and I hope this will bridge that gap for music lovers across the county. I encourage women to enjoy local music and music at across the country – hoping to reduce travel costs and create new friendships that otherwise would not have been formed.”

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