All-male group, Girl Band, change their name

Better late than never.


Irish all-male four piece, Girl Band, have announced they are changing their name to Gilla Band.

In a statement, the band recognised that their initial name was chosen from a place of “naivety and ignorance”.

“We are changing our band name.

We will no longer be performing or releasing records under the name Girl Band. We apologise for choosing a misgendered name in the first place and to anyone who has been hurt or affected by it. 

When we were starting off it was chosen without much thought, from a place of naivety and ignorance. We had no grasp of the weight of it at the time and in the past few years have found it impossible to justify or explain this choice. 

Regardless of our intention the effect of the name has been damaging to individuals. To try and negate any unfortunate role we’ve played in propagating a culture of non inclusivity in music or otherwise, we have decided to change it. 

Thank you to those who spoke up about it and educated us on this, either directly or indirectly. Moving forward we will be performing and releasing records under the name Gilla Band. Gilla being a given name taken from Old Irish”

Gilla Band will be playing a residency at Whelans in Dublin across three weekends in January 2022 where they’ll be performing new music. Tickets will go on pre-sale to mailing list subscribers on Wednesday 17th November at 10am and will be on general sale on Thursday 18th November from 10am. They will play a sold-out NYE show at Dolans in Limerick on Dec 31st 2021. 

They will also be supporting IDLES on their February 2022 European Tour. 

Forthcoming Tour Dates:


31 Dec 2021 – Dolans NYE Show, Limerick – SOLD OUT

14 Jan 2022 – Whelans, Dublin

21 Jan 2022 Whelans, Dublin

29 Jan 2022 Whelans, Dublin


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