Dua Lipa: ‘There is room for pop music at Reading & Leeds festival’

The star also speaks out about female representation at festivals

Dua Lipa has spoken out over the representation of pop and females across major festivals in the UK.

It’s been a runaway 24 months of success for the singer. She was recently named as the most successful female artist of the year so far – with her self-titled debut shifting 95,000 copies in 2018, and her massive single ‘IDGAF’ notching up 509,000 combined sales. As well as being tipped to record the next James Bond theme song, her video for ‘New Rules’ broke records after it was viewed over 1billion times on Youtube.

 As a result, she’s found herself with a huge placing on this years Reading & Leeds festival bill – on the main stage just two places from the top beneath Panic! At The Disco and Kendrick Lamar. While the festival has traditionally been known as a more rock-based festival with legendary performances from the likes of Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys and many more, Dua Lipa told NME that she thinks that pop should be more than welcome.
“I totally know the legacy that Reading & Leeds have had and that in the past, it’s been more of a rock festival, but when you come to do a show, there’s so much energy to it and there’s so much diversity to the sound, it’s not just a pop show,” she told NME. “I feel like there is room for diversity and I think there is room for pop artists to come and bring their best show to festivals which aren’t necessarily directed in that genre.”

Speaking about increasing the representation of female headlines at major festivals, Dua Lipa said that this was largely down to the attitudes and actions of those in charge.

“A lot of is down to the festival directors and the people they book,” she told NME. “I think people need to start opening their eyes and ears and realising that there’s so much female talent out there. Obviously festivals need established talent but it’s really important to bring new music into big festivals and to give them an opportunity.

“I remember when I was starting out I had to really push to get some festivals slots and to get people to give me a platform.”

She added: “It’s really down to the big board of directors to give us a chance because we have a voice but we need to be empowered to use it. It’s all really down to that.”

Dua Lipa, live

Dua Lipa, live

Reading & Leeds festival takes place across August Bank Holiday Weekend. Visit here for tickets and other information.

Other acts performing include Kendrick Lamar, Kings Of Leon, Panic! At The Disco,