Discover the Artist: Girlschool

The longest running all-female rock band from the UK and legends of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

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‘Discover the Artist’ is our new blog series where we introduce you to artists you might not have heard of yet… but need to listen to.

Girlschool is a heavy metal band originating from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Scene in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries and friends Motörhead. They are the longest running all-female rock band from the UK. Still active and looking good after more than 35 years. Formed from a school band called Painted Lady by Kim McAuliffe and Enid Williams. Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of ‘punk-tinged metal’ and a few singles, In the 1990s and 2000s, they concentrated their efforts on live shows and tours, reducing considerably the production of studio albums.

During their long career, Girlschool travelled all over the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining or supporting some of the most important hard rock and heavy metal bands. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are considered an inspiration for many succeeding female rock musicians such as The Donnas.

Genre: Heavy Metal (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)

From: UK

Latest Release:

Upcoming Show: 18 July – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin  | 19 July – The Limelight 2, Belfast.

If you like: Motörhead, Diamond Head, Raven, Tygers of Pan Tang, Warlock, Rock Goddess, Tokyo Blade, Samson.

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Listen to… ‘Race with the Devil’

Watch… ‘C’mon Lets Go’

Girlschool - C'mon Lets Go (Official Music Video)


  • Girlschool Interview for LouderSound. Here.
  • 40 years ago: New Wave of British Heavy Metal arrives. Here.
  • Guardian: The New Wave of British Heavy Metal – 10 of the Best. Here.


Girlschool will play on 18 July at the Voodoo Lounge, Dublin and on 19 July at The Limelight 2, Belfast.  For tickets, click here.