Shirley Manson has been in bands since 1986, when, at 17, she joined the Scottish indie group Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. She then fronted Angelfish before meeting her Garbage bandmates in 1994. But this will be her first SXSW. “I think it’s extraordinary that I’ve never, ever been,” says Manson. “Ever. The whole thing is quite exciting.”
At SXSW, Manson and Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES will engage in a Music Keynote conversation in association with PRS Foundation’s Keychange campaign, which is encouraging music festivals to book lineups with 50-50 gender equality by 2022. Manson had previously signed on as a Keychange ambassador.
“Only in the last few years has there been any kind of serious dialogue in our culture about the lack of parity between the sexes in a modern context.”
“Being a woman whose vested interest is in promoting a whole plethora of female voices in the music industry — which is still very much a patriarchal system — I jumped at the chance to put my name behind it,” she says.
Garbage, which most recently released a collaborative Record Store Day single with sometime tourmates John Doe and Exene Cervenka, will soon be back in the studio working on its seventh record, for a likely 2020 release.