The announcement of multi-award winning singer-songwriter Paloma Faith as Splendour Festival’s headline act may well be big news, but it reminds us of one bigger issue.
Why are so few females headlining major festivals?
It’s clear to see there’s a huge chasm between the genders here – just take a look at any of 2018’s festival line-ups.
Male after male after male, both in terms of headliners and supporting acts – you can practically sense the testosterone emanating from every festival poster.
Paloma Faith has become only the fourth woman to headline the Nottingham-based event and only the second of the last seven years, following on from Jess Glynne who headlined in 2016.
This means that, out of the 14 acts to headline the festival since 2012, only two have been female.
Two. Out of 14.
It’s not just Splendour with a worrying track-record – far more of our beloved festivals should be ashamed of the gender split.
Manchester’s Parklife festival continued the shocking trend by featuring no female solo artists within its headliners and showing off a largely male-dominated line-up overall.
Platinum-selling artist and chart-topper Mabel features all the way down on line 12 of the line-up, alongside “Motor City Ensemble”.
BBC’s new “The Biggest Weekend” festival features only one confirmed female artist, while London’s Wireless will be representing only three women.
On top of this, Boardmasters festival in Cornwall announced a 40 act line-up, of which just six are female.
The incredible array of female artists throughout the country simply is not being rewarded with prominent places at our festivals, and it’s far from good enough.
The music scene needs to be a place for equality, it needs to give as much of an opportunity for women as it does men, and it needs to give young girls a chance to see their role models live on stage.