The Guardian festival blog: Wireless festival adds women-only stage in response to criticism | Music

Following criticism over its lack of women performers, Wireless festival has announced a stage that will exclusively feature female artists. Only three of the 37 acts announced in January were women: R&B singer Mabel, rapper Cardi B – who has since cancelled owing to her advanced pregnancy – and dancehall MC Lisa Mercedez.

artists including Birmingham MC Lady Leshurr, Spanish reggaeton artist Bad Gyal, and British MC Paigey Cakey are among the 25 artists appearing on the new stage, to be hosted by Beats 1 presenter Julie Adenuga and Rinse FM DJ Emerald and organised by Smirnoff’s Equalising Music campaign, a global initiative to address the gender imbalance in music.

“I remember seeing the flyer with all the male names taken out, it was so shocking to see that and it really hit home,” Emerald told the BBC. “Not even the lack of women, but the volume of men. It was just so overpowering.” She accepted that the…


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