"We're working on it every day"
Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis has revealed how the iconic festival is striving to achieve gender equality within its line-up.
Despite taking a break in 2018, the Somerset festival will return next year, with Eavis previously confirming that headliners have already been sorted.
But as the rest of the line-up continues to form, Eavis insists that equality is at the top of the agenda.
“We’re working on it every day”, she told MusicWeek.
“Every booking Glastonbury make is conscious; we’re trying to address the imbalance. We’ve got a way to go, there are areas of the festival that have 50/50 [gender representation], like The Park last year.
“But The Pyramid obviously isn’t and we’re working on it. I think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Eavis also reasoned that “old guys” are to blame for the perceived lack of gender diversity on festival bills.
“I mean, there are a lot of old guys in the music industry; unfortunately it’s not been a topic which people have been conscious of.
“It’s not necessarily purposeful, it’s just that it hasn’t ever been top of the agenda like it is now. I keep saying to some of our older bookers who have been doing it for 30 years, ‘Come on guys, you need to engage with this’. It’s just a new idea for a lot of them.
“They say ‘Oh I’ve never really thought about that’.
Earlier today, it was revealed that Kylie Minogue has thrown her hat in the ring to headline – after cancer treatment forced her to withdraw in 2005.
“When I was supposed to do it I think I would have been the first solo female to headline in however many years it was, so I was really proud of that at that time”, she told the Press Association.
“Obviously it didn’t happen. So yes, it would be amazing and very emotional to be standing there and doing what I didn’t get to do all those years ago, for sure.”