As yet more male-led festival lineups are announced, Shaquille Wasasala, aka halfqueen, writes an open letter to the industry.
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.
The organisers of Kiwi festival Bay Dreams are copping backlash from local musicians and fans upset with the lack of gender diversity on the line-up.
Festivals like Primavera Sound and Iceland Airwaves have proven it’s possible to book line-ups with a 50/50 gender split. Here’s what the rest of the industry needs to do to catch up.
The line-up featured 24 all-male acts, and just three women in total. Pop singer Anna Robinson, DJ SIN and Jennie Skulander, of the metal band Devilskin, were the only women on the bill.