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New study exposes massive gender imbalance at festivals

Music FestivalFemale headliners are few and far between

A new study has revealed the extent to which male artists outweigh female artists at major music festivals in the UK.

The research, which was carried out by The Telegraph, points out that, were it not for Lily Allen filling in for Two Door Cinema Club at Latitude, there would have been no woman headlining a major music festival this summer.

The only other two acts given the top slot that feature any female members are Paramore, who are co-headlining Reading and Leeds, and Arcade Fire, who headlined Glastonbury.

Other noteable appearances include the female-fronted London Grammar, who are headlining both Wilderness and Festival No.6.

It’s not just headliners that are skewed in favour of male artists though – across all majorfestivals, solo female artists comprise on average less than 16% of the total acts playing, and all-female bands make up 3.5%.

In contrast, all-male bands comprise 43% of acts and male solo artists 24.3%. There have been a fair few female artists who have dominated the festival scene this summer, such as Dolly Parton, Kelis, Cate Le Bon and Haim, but they are still far outnumbered by men.

The festival with the best gender balance (thought far from ideal) is Glastonbury, whose organiser Emily Eavis, said: “to have women at the top of the bill is very important to us.”

The worst offender, despite having booked Paramore for a co-headline set this year, is Reading and Leeds, with nearly 56% of acts all-male bands.

Source: http://www.gigwise.com/news/93307/new-study-exposes-massive-gender-imbalance-at-uk-festivals

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