Females and Festivals
By: Lea Walker
One of the reasons interning with Olivia Management has been special is because I get to work with a team made up of ALL women! Now that’s not something you come across every day. There are too many industries and workforces unnecessarily dominated by men, and the music industry (although progressive) is no exception. For example, if you take a closer look at almost any music festival lineup you’ll notice gender imbalances. I’m not going to blast you with statistics on the matter because I am not on an intense feminist agenda. However, here is a link for you to compare the lineup demographic at various festivals! Overall, as you can see from the graph above, festival lineups in 2017 were made up of 74% male only acts. Although, these numbers have been changing for the better! In fact, 45 international festivals have pledged to achieve lineups with a 50/50 gender ratio by the year 2022. For now, take a look below at a few festivals happening this July that are working to improve these disparities and emphasize equality.
At Red Wing Roots in Virginia, we've got half of the lineup either being a female or mixed gender act! Plus, our favorite harmonizing ladies of The Secret Sisters are performing! Go get your tickets here!!
Slowly, but surely festivals are adjusting their gender imbalances. Pitchfork, who has their own music festival, analyzed the gender breakdown at 19 festivals last year versus this year. The results showed that almost all of them improved their gender balance. Pitchfork is doing their part as well, and has a 50/50 gender split with their 2018 lineup!
Lastly, Panorama is a festival in the "Big Apple" at the end of this month with four out of five headliners being women!! Slowly, but surely music festivals are adjusting their gender imbalances to create equal opportunities for talented, inspiring women.