NME Festival blog: Why do these festivals need four years to get a gender balanced lineup?

It really doesn’t need to be this hard.

So: the festival circuit wants to be more gender inclusive. 45 global festivals and conferences have signed up to a scheme promising that by 2022, they will have a 50/50 male/female gender ratio in their lineups. Blissfields and Bluedot are among the British festivals embracing the scheme, which is a welcome challenge to the statistic that in 2017, 80% of festival headliners were men. But why has this taken so long?   

No one is going to argue that Foo Fighters, Kasabian or…


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