Nearly half of festival acts were all-male in 2014
Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has stated that the line-up will feature more female-led acts this year following controversy over the lack of women being booked for major events.
A 2014 study showed that just 3.5 per cent of festival acts that year were all-female bands, compared to 43 per cent all-male bands. It also found that female solo artists accounted for 15% of the bill, compared to 24% solo males.
Speaking in interview with Noisey, Eavis said: “We are strong on women this year, I have to say”, adding: “There are loads of great female MCs coming through this year which is quite exciting. Little Simz and Lady Leshurr and people like that.”
Emily Eavis also stated that she is aiming for more genre diversity at the festival: “We consciously try to keep it as wide and as varied as possible. It’s always been pretty diverse here, but I think it’s important to think consciously about that when you’re booking.”
“It’s very easy to fill the stages up with the more predictable acts, so it’s important to keep it broad and open. The crowd here is really diverse. You’ve got every type of person imaginable. A lot of people discover music here, so it’s important to open people’s minds as well.”
Glastonbury 2016 will take place at Worthy Farm over the week of June 22-26.
Foo Fighters, Oasis, Daft Punk and Radiohead are among the bookies’ favourites to headline, with Fleetwood Mac, Bloc Party, Blur, The Stone Roses and Ed Sheeran also among those being tipped.