The Guardian festival blog: Festival stages solely for female artists don’t solve music-industry sexism | Emily Reynolds | Opinion


What’s your fantasy festival lineup? Bob Dylan? The Smiths? bba? Bowie? If your dream headliner is more current, you have more of a chance if they’re male. Earlier this year, Wireless festival was criticised after announcing only three women – Mabel, Cardi B and Lisa Mercedez – in a lineup of 37 acts.

Lily Allen tweeted a poster for the festival, removing all the male artists. With only three artists remaining, there was an awful lot of white space.

Several months later, and Wireless has finally responded to the criticism, by announcing a women-only stage at the July event. The stage, hosted by Smirnoff’s Equalising Music campaign, will host more than 25 female artists, including Lady Leshurr, Bad Gyal, and British MC Paigey Cakey.

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January 23, 2018

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