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Podcast: Why are music festivals still booking male-heavy headliners?

Podcast: Why are music festivals still booking male-heavy headliners?


With many of the major Irish music festivals like Electric Picnic having revealed their lineups in recent weeks, it is time to discuss the state of gender equality on Irish music festival bills in 2022.

While festivals like Primavera Sound, Ireland Music Week and Iceland Airwaves have committed to the Keychange initiative of booking a a 50/50 gender-balanced split on its festivals, many Irish events seem to be oblivious to the idea of representing women on their headliners or even aware it might be a problem.

Andrea and Niall discuss the possible reasons behind the slow acceleration to more gender advocating lineups in Ireland, the defensive responses from men on the issue, the realities of booking women headliners behind the scenes and the issues around exclusivity and pay parity, why this is a systemic issue that includes the gender disparity highlighted by the Why Not Her campaign, whether Electric Picnic’s one woman in six headliners is enough, and why there might be some good news happening in the field of electronic music, courtesy of international network female:pressure’s FACTS 2022 survey.

Plus Reasons To Be Cheerful.

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