Paloma Faith says festival bosses have a ‘responsibility to show diversity’ – watch

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Faith discussed lack of female acts on festival line-ups at Brit Awards last night

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Paloma Faith has spoken about the lack of female acts on festival line-ups, stating that the people in power within the music industry have a “responsibility to show diversity”.

The singer was asked what she thought about the low number of women on this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival bill during an appearance on the Brit Awards red carpet last night (February 25).

“I think when you have the power to book things like that and to broadcast and things like that, it’s your responsibility to show diversity,” she said. “I know on my small scale of world that I am the boss of, I make sure that everything is represented: race, class, colour, gender, the lot, so I think that anybody in a high-powered position needs to be doing that. In any job.”

Faith won the Brit Award for Best Female at this year’s ceremony. Prior to the awards, she had complained that she was not nominated in the Best Album category, suggesting that an unfair male bias is the reason behind her apparent snub. “I’m a bit miffed about the album category, but beggars can’t be choosers and I am a beggar. I don’t know why it isn’t there. I was the only female in the top 10 selling albums. All the rest were men,” she said.

“It’s funny how everyone went absolutely nuts for about three years at how women are ruling the music industry. And then they were like, ‘We’ve given them three years, so let’s suppress them for another 400’.”