They may have Arctic Monkeys’ comeback, but Halsey isn’t happy with Firefly Music Festival

"Where the women at?"

Halsey has hit out at Firefly Music Festival for not featuring more female acts on their line-up.

Yesterday saw Firefly announce their line-up for 2018 – featuring the likes of The Killers, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar alongside Arctic Monkeys’ first confirmed comeback show of the year.


However, Halsey soon took to Twitter to complain that female artists were not fairly represented on the bill.

“Damn guys come onnnnnn,” she wrote. “Where the women at? This was one of my favorite festivals I’ve ever played and it’s a shame there’s not more females on the bill. With the exception of (the amazing) SZA, the first like 20 acts on the bill are men. It’s 2018, do better!”

After one fan attempted to call her out, Halsey then responded: “Who am I supposed to “go off on” haha. Festivals ASK artists to play. Artists don’t ASK festivals if they can come. I’m just raising a point! So many dope women in music right now!”

Last year, the company behind Reading & Leeds and Download Festival launched a new initiative in a bid to address the imbalance of female acts at festivals.


Festival Republic launched ReBalance – a Leeds-based project will run for three years and will provide one week’s studio recording to a UK-based female musician, solo artist or female-featuring band each month from 2018 through 2020. Studio and engineering costs will be paid for by Festival Republic, along with accommodation and travel.

At the end of each year, the artists selected will be given slots at a Festival Republic or Live Nation festival. The organisation are defining female as anyone who identifies as a woman, while for bands to be eligible they must include a woman or women who are “fundamental to writing and producing duties.”

Halsey made headlines last year when she said that she felt there was a ‘scepticism’ towards female artists. She was speaking in a joint interview with Charli XCX.

“There’s a scepticism behind female artists in general,” Halsey said. “From when I first started, I wrote [my music].”

Charli added: “And people were like, ‘Oh, who wrote your songs?’ There’s so much doubt, especially with being a pop star and being a female. Taylor Swift, amazing songwriter. Katy Perry, amazing songwriter. Lady Gaga, amazing songwriter.”

Halsey then replied: “People want to discount them.”