The much-anticipated line-up for Glastonbury has been announced, with over 80 named added. Ed Sheeran, the Foo Fighters and Radiohead had already been confirmed as headliners. Which means there’s a glaring absence of female acts on the top tier, and only two female-led acts; Katy Perry and The XX (fronted by Romy Madley Croft) are listed in the top 11.
It’s a far cry from the last two years, which both featured female headliners in the form of Adele and Florence and the Machine the year before that, when Emily Eavis promised the lineup was “strong on women.”
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That’s not to say Michael and Emily Eavis haven’t delivered on female talent, as Lorde, Solange, London Grammar, Angel Olsen, Warpaint, Haim and First Aid Kit have been added, alongside The XX and Perry. However, it is disappointing that out of 86 acts announced, only 24 are female soloists, or bands with a female lead.
Elsewhere on the 2017 UK festival circuit, Bestival’s lineup proves more representative in its top line with The XX and Annie Mac headlining The Castle and Temple stages respectively, while P!nk is a joint-headliner at V. However, Festival No. 6 only counts one woman among the 15 members of its respective headliners; Bloc Party, Mogwai and The Flaming Lips. Meanwhile Reading and Leeds are characteristically male-dominated with Kasabian, Eminem, Muse topping the bill.
Festival bookers often blame unequal line-ups on the fact that there’s a lack of opportunities for females in the wider industry. For that to change, however, it’s clear that we need to see more women being booked for festivals, so that they have a chance to get noticed in the first place.
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