It’s Not News, But It’s News.
The latest Bay Dreams lineup has reignited conversations about the lack of gender diversity on New Zealand’s music festival stages. We look at why the usual defences of either lack of supply or lack of demand for non-male acts doesn’t cut it anymore.
Stuff has analysed the lineups of major festivals including Rhythm and Vines, Laneway, Homegrown and Splore since 2010. All of the festival lineups over the past eight years we broke down are overwhelmingly male, with at least double the number of men performing than women.