guess how many women are on the wireless festival line-up?
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Wireless festival just shared their first line-up announcement for 2018, and of 40 acts spread across 3 days, there are a grand total of just three women. Yep, in among a list featuring J. Cole, Post Malone, GoldLink, Wiley, Wretch 32, Stormzy, Migos, J Hus, DJ Khaled, Giggs, Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert, the only women booked thus far are Mabel, Cardi B and Lisa Mercedez. Poor show Wireless!
Were they really struggling to find people to book? Guess they didn’t read our list of exciting new female rappers. While this kind of booking is nothing new, it would be nice to think that, given the current social climate, and with no shortage of female musicians to choose from, they’d think before proudly announcing such an abomination. As DJ Madam X quite rightly tweeted earlier, “3 WOMEN over the whole weekend... I can't even." Same, tbh.
In 2018 we shouldn't have to attend special music festivals to see our favourite musicians perform. While new festivals like the all-female and gender non-binary Moogfest set out to champion often overlooked artists, they can be seen to be othering: upon realising the premise of the aforementioned and believing the curator to be male, Caroline Polachek removed herself from the line-up, equating it to a "sympathy pedestal". A crowdfunded festival in Sweden aimed to do the same, while also hoping to avoid the dangers of sexual assault at music festivals by banning men completely, both on and off stage. (There were mixed reviews).
Can’t bookers for major festivals like Wireless wake up and curate the diverse lineups that we all know are out there waiting to happen? It’s honestly not that hard.