If you are a music fan I am pretty sure that the criticism levelled at some festivals over the lack of female talent on show this summer. No names but posters were recently circulated on the internet of major festival line-ups that had the all male acts blanked out. Guess what? The posters were almost blank. One major festival has just one female, a band member, on their main stage over the entire weekend.
Earlier today Bestival which take place at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight this September 10th-13th. announced a very strong female line-up. Of course the guys are not ignored but Bestival is renowned for its inclusivity and diversity and todays announcement shows just why.
Bestival’s Summer of Love is showing the love to a host of truly world class women who are joining the bill to strut their stuff in the last big festival of the season.
Festival curator Rob da Bank says: “Well whaddya know? There are shedloads of amazing people making some startlingly good music at the moment… from pop to leftfield, soul to hip-hop and some ace DJs too, and look, lots of them are female! Whatever next?
To demonstrate just how serious bestival is about its female line-up check this out. The line-up includes:
Charli XCX, Lianne La Havas, and Neneh Cherry is coming to Bestival, playing alongside London duo RocketNumberNine, with whom she released the album MeYouWeYou in 2013.
We will also hear the gravelly tones of Ella Eyre, experimental singer-songwriter Andreya Triana, BBC Radio 1 raver B.Traits, and BBC 1Xtra’s ever-eclectic Monki, the stunningly brilliant SOAK, Manchester synth ace Lonelady, fuzzy Scottish duo Honeyblood, interactive audio-visual genius Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, and California-based lo-fi duo Girlpool. Plus we’ll have music from Moxie, Josey Rebelle, DJ Barely Legal, Ekkah, Jagaara, Throwing Shade, Laura Moody and Graceland.
Add in previously announced female acts Roisin Murphy, Little Dragon, Kate Tempest, Snap!, Annie Mac, Lily Allen Presents Funlord, Hannah Wants, Lapsley, Shura and Rae Morris, and it all adds up to an eclectic, inclusive and diverse long-weekend of top class music and entertainment.
Other festivals really do need to take note and a leaf out of Festivals book. Try looking beyond the obvious, half of your festival goers will be female so give the girls a fair share of the limelight. You never know who is in the crowd and a female role model may just give inspiration to the next generation of female stars. You know it makes sense.
Tickets for Bestival are available here