Emily Eavis discusses the need to “address the balance” of female artists at Glastonbury

The festival organiser spoke to BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens prior to the big kick-off

Emily Eavis has discussed Glastonbury‘s booking policy, emphasising the need to “address the balance” when booking female artists at this year’s festival.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens earlier today, the festival organiser revealed the approach that Glastonbury adopted for this year’s festival in making a concerted effort to book as many female acts as male.

“We need to address the balance and keep it equal,” Eavis said. “It’s almost impossible to make it 50-50, but we’re making an effort to book female acts on the same level as men.”

Eavis also spoke about the frequent reaction that acts from “Neil Young to Jay-Z” have when they first lay eyes on the festival site.

“Quite often we hear about bands pulling in at the top of the hill and just saying, “Woah.” The scale of [the festival] is enormous, but if its goes well here, it can send you into all sorts of places.”

She also highlighted the likes of ZZ Top and Tame Impala as some of her favourite acts to feature on the line-up this year.

Hear the full interview below:

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