“If Lily Allen hadn’t stepped up at the last minute to fill in for Two Door Cinema Club’s Friday night headline slot at Latitude in July, there would have been no woman headlining a major music festival this summer.
In fact, without Paramore, the American punk rock band fronted by the flame-haired Hayley Williams and Arcade Fire, which featured two women in its Glastonbury line-up, there would be no women gracing major festivals’ main stages in the top slot at all.
Across Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds Festivals, V Festival and Bestival, solo female artists comprise, on average, less than 16 per cent of the total acts playing.
All-female bands make up less than a quarter of that figure, at 3.5 per cent. By comparison, all-male bands occupy nearly 43 per cent of the acts on the six festival line-ups. Mixed bands make up 15.9 per cent, and male solo artists nearly a quarter at 24.3 per cent.”