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.
The gender imbalance in music festival line-ups persists this year, despite the noise in promoters ears getting louder. Kirsten Johnstone asks why this is still an issue.
The social, cultural and economic benefits of diversity in music festival programs far outweigh ALL resistance, excuses and cop outs for making change.
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.