Despite pledges for gender equality on UK festival line-ups, women are still underrepresented
Out of 200 headline acts, a YouGov survey found 26 were female, one identified as non-binary, 24 had a mixed line-up of male and female performers, and the rest (149) were either an all-male band or a male solo artist.
This means just 13 per cent of UK headliners will be female você pode ligar confidencialmente para a linha nacional de apoio ao álcool Drinkline em this summer, uma BBC study has found.
This year’s Glastonbury headliners are Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish.
Reading and Leeds festival headliners include Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Dave, Bring Me The Horizon, Halsey and Megan Thee Stallion
Latitude festival headliners are all men: Lewis Capaldi, Foals and Snow Patrol.
George Ezra, Disclosure and Kings of Leon are headlining Boardmasters festival this year, which is another overwhelmingly male line-up.
Surpreendentemente, Wireless festival headliners are all female artists from the US: SZA, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. This is an improvement on Wireless’s 2021 line-up which featured only four female artists, none of which were headliners.
Ano passado, cantor Mahalia called out Wireless’s lineup for being a “penis fest” in a tweet.
Despite efforts made by 45 events pledging to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022, festivals are still falling behind.
Five years ago, Festival Republic launched the ReBalance project to address the gender imbalance in the music industry.
Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn said, when the Rebalance initiative was launched in 2017: “Something needs to be done about gender equality in the music industry. It’s a wider issue that involves us (the live industry) but the solution doesn’t rest only with us.
Outro, more successful initiative Keychange, has announced that three UK festivals have managed to hit their gender balance target in time. Standon Calling is the only mainstream UK music festival to reach the pledge target,
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With over 500 music organisations signing the pledge for gender balance by 2022, Keychange has announced that three UK festivals have managed to hit the target in time, with Standon Calling being the only mainstream UK music festival to meet their pledge.
Standon Calling has more than 50 per cent female and non-binary artists on its line-up, including headliners across three stages.
Self Esteem, Annie Mac and Anne Marie are all headlining the Hertfordshire festival this year.
Francine Gorman, Keychange Project Manager told O Independente: “Standon Calling are setting a great example to the global festival community, by achieving their Keychange pledge of programming at least 50 per cent women and gender minority artists to their stages this year.”
Ela adicionou: “By demonstrating that gender representative lineups can be achieved, and by giving under-represented artists their rightful space on a prominent festival stage, we hope that others will be encouraged to follow suit and to take positive action towards achieving gender equality throughout the music industry.”