Ellie Goulding criticises Glastonbury for having ‘so many men on the line-up’

Singer says that Florence + The Machine headlining shows that 'things are changing'

Ellie Goulding has spoken out about the lack of women being booked to play major music festivals, specifically naming Glastonbury as offenders.

A 2014 study found that just 3.5 per cent of acts at six major UK festivals, including Glastonbury, were all-female bands, compared to 43 per cent all-male bands. Female solo artists made up 15 per cent of the bill, compared to 24 per cent solo males.

“I got annoyed when Glastonbury had so many men on the line-up,” Goulding recently told Cosmopolitan.

The singer did add, however, that Florence + The Machine’s 2015 Glastonbury headline slot at was a positive sign: “Then Florence headlined. Things are changing, you know? And I love it.”

Goulding went on to say that sexism is a problem across the entire music industry, not just festivals. “I get annoyed when men write degrading songs about women,” she said. “But women are starting to speak out.”

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In the same interview, Goulding described her nerves at first meeting fellow pop star and friend Taylor Swift.

“I was really nervous, because she’s such a legend, and I remember thinking, ‘Please don’t act like a twat, Ellie; don’t say anything stupid’,” Goulding said.

She also revealed that Swift broke the ice by quoting a lyric from one of her songs: “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool. Taylor’s a badass!'”

Ellie Goulding will release her third album ‘Delirium’ on November 6.

Goulding recently said that she wants to meet with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss tackling homelessness.