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Glastonbury 2019: All the amazing women to watch at this year’s festival

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As the festival’s organisers work towards a 50/50 gender balance in the line-up, here are the female performers to catch this weekend. 

Whether you were lucky enough to secure tickets to Glastonbury or plan to watch the event unfold from the comfort (and cleanliness) of your own home, this year’s line-up is set to show-off a whole variety of incredible performances by women.

Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis has publicly spoken about her efforts to achieve gender balance in the line-up, after a 2017 study by the BBC revealed that 80% of headliners that year were male. And she’s making strides - 42% of the first line-up announcement was female.

And although Glastonbury was not one of the 45 events which signed a pledge in 2018 to achieve a 50/50 gender balance in its line-up by 2020, the world-famous music festival is making progress anyway. 

If you’re not able to attend the festival in person, the BBC will be broadcasting over 30 hours of coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four, and over 100 performances from across the main stages will be available on BBC iPlayer.

So without further ado, here are all the female performers you need to watch this weekend.

Pyramid Stage

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow last performed at Glastonbury over 20 years ago in 1997. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock and country - and we’re sure she’s set to entertain crowds when she takes the stage.

When: Friday, 14:30-15:30.

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill will make her Glastonbury debut when she takes the stage this weekend. The performance follows last year’s 20th anniversary tour for her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

When: Friday, 18:00-19:15.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

American country music star Carrie Underwood will stop off at Glastonbury in between the other UK dates on her Cry Pretty tour.

When: Saturday, 13:15-14:15.

Anne Marie

Anne-Marie

British singer and songwriter Anne Marie, who is behind recent hits such as “FRIENDS” and “2002”, will take an afternoon slot at the festival.

When: Saturday, 14:40-15:30.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson will take the Glastonbury stage for the first time in 2019, and the appearance also marks the first time she’s performed in the UK for eight years. Earlier this year she iconically photoshopped her name to the top of the Glastonbury line-up poster. 

When: Saturday, 17:45-18:35.

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

The American gospel and blues singer takes the stage at Glastonbury after the recent release of her 14th studio album, We Get By.

When: Sunday, 12:15-13:05.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Pop queen Kylie Minogue will play the teatime “legend” slot at Glastonbury 2019, which has previously been filled by stars including Dolly Parton and Dame Shirley Bassey.

When: Sunday, 15:45-17:00.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus performing

Following her appearance on the new season of Black Mirror and the release of her new EP She Is Coming, Miley is set to take on the closing day of Glastonbury. 

When: Sunday, 17:45-18:45.

Other Stage

MØ

The Danish singer and songwriter smashed her last Glastonbury performance in 2016, so we can’t wait to see what she brings to the stage this time. 

When: Friday, 12:30-13:30.

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers was a student at NYU’s Institute of Recorded Music when she went viral, thanks to a clip of Pharrell Williams looking speechless after listening to her single “Alaska”. She’s making her second appearance at Glastonbury after first appearing in 2017.

When: 14:30-15:30

Sigrid

Sigrid

Following her performances at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the Isle of Wight Festival, Sigrid will entertain crowds at Glastonbury with hits from her debut album, Sucker Punch.

When: Saturday, 19:00-20:00

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish was moved to a bigger Glastonbury stage earlier this year in response to her growing popularity. The 17 year-old is known for singles such as “bad guy” and “bury a friend”.

When: Sunday, 18:45-19:45

Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens

French singer Christine and the Queens released second album Chris in September 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. We’re sure her Glastonbury set will be just as impressive.

When: Sunday, 22:00-23:15

West Holts Stage

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith

English singer and songwriter Jorja Smith has collaborated with artists including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Kali Uchis, and Stormzy. 

When: Friday, 20:30-21:30

Lizzo

Lizzo

“Juice” singer Lizzo is sure to take the Glastonbury stage by storm with her upbeat pop singles and energetic personality.

When: Saturday, 17:30-18:30

Hollie Cook

Hollie Cook

British singer and keyboard player Hollie Cook will entertain crowds with her combination of Reggae, pop and punk music. 

When: Sunday, 12:30-13:30

Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, and the video for her single “Nterini” tackled issues of immigration and attitudes towards migrants, so we’re looking forward to a potentially politically-charged set.

When: Sunday, 17:00-18:00

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe made waves with the video for her single PYNK, where she wore those iconic vagina trousers. Her last album release was in 2018, but we can expect bold outfits and an energetic stage presence from this American singer, songwriter and rapper.

When: Sunday, 21:45-23:15

For the full line-up and all the timings you need, check out the full Glastonbury line-up here.

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