It’s only February 2015, but already there have been three occassions where it’s been necessary to question just what the hell is going on with the music industry right now.
Following on from the male dominated BBC Sound of 2015 poll, the male dominated BRIT Awards nominations and the (yep, you guessed it) male dominated Coachella line up, it was thought that things couldn’t possibly get any worse for women in the music industry right now. But then came the death blow, in the form of this years Reading & Leeds line up.
As it stands, there are only two women on the festivals entire line up in the form of Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice, and DJ Hannah Wants.
Now many people have tried to argue that there are merely fewer women worthy of taking major festival slots right now, but to me that’s akin to saying Hitler was an alright bloke because none of us knew him personally…
FKA Twigs, Savages, Florence & The Machine, Lorde, Haim, First Aid Kit, Angel Haze, Shura – all incredible female performers that so far have been overlooked by Festival Republic, making it yet another year on earth where it’s detrimental to your career to be anything but a white male.
Last year’s line up was a step in the right direction, Paramore’s Hayley Williams cut an incredible figure headlining alongside other females on the line up including Brody Dalle, Misty Miller, Rae Morris, Chvrches, Die Antwoord, Annie Mac, Warpaint, Clean Bandit and Marmozets.
2014 was hailed as a stand out year for feminism on all platforms, but 2015 so far has set all those achievements back and halting progress. It’s disillusioning to see such a lack of women making music, but not being given the opportunity to play that music on larger scales.
I mean, do we really need another set from Royal Blood? And why oh why have Catfish & The Bottlemen been given a chance to play? They are a band that think it’s totally ok to offer to sign their female fans boobs as well as write derogatory and sexist slurs all over their merchandise stands on their previous tours.
Festival Republic need to wake up and smell the oestregen and realise that this kind of inherent institutionalised sexism isn’t going to fly anymore.