There are thousands, upon thousands that are a part of the music industry. With new artists emerging every year, all armed with new material. In the UK alone there are a number of festivals held every year, from Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, T in the Park and Isle of Wight. During 2014 it was noted that half of the acts playing at Glastonbury were male. What about the female artists? The female bands? With all this diversity there isn’t an excuse to include popular female bands.


The study that took place in 2014 highlighted some shocking facts, that just 3.5% of festivals acts were all-female bands. Which is absolutely unacceptable compared to the 43% of all-male bands. Emily Eavis theorganiser, recently spoke to Noisey and stated that “We are strong on women this year”. She is also aiming towards a more diverse line up for the 2016 show, she said that it’s “Very easy to fill the stages up with more predictable acts”.

Could the previous, male dominated line-up be institutional sexism, or does it reflect the audiences taste in music, do they simply prefer males? Those who attend the festival have a diverse music taste which differs from person to person, this goes against the male dominated acts in previous years. It is exciting to see an organiser taking a head on approach, changing the ‘traditional’.

Now it’s time for the other festivals in the UK to follow in their footsteps. Acknowledge the lack of female bands and take an active role into improving that.

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