Kate Nash has hit out at male-dominated festivals saying bookers were showing “naivety” in not booking more diverse acts.
“It’s got to be the people booking the festivals – I don’t know this as fact, but I would imagine it’s predominantly male bookers, and maybe it’s a case of naivety, because they may think they’re trying to put on an act that they want or relate to, and they’re just seeing men.”
She added: “And I think that’s why we need diversity in all areas of power. There’s a lot of talk at the moment of having diversity in film critics. We need women of colour, we need gay people, we need other people that aren’t straight white men in these roles.”
Nash, who wrote the 2007 hit ‘Foundations’, said that more female bookers will result in more diverse line-ups at festivals.
“If you’ve got more female, diverse women in these positions, then they’re going to be booking more diverse women and the line-up is going to become more equal. Whereas if you continue to just have one type of person in charge of everything, I think they’re going to stay the same.”
Nash also spoke about the difficulties of crowdfunding her last album, ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ but added that it gave her more creative control amidst what she sees as the “meat factory for posters.”
“It’s definitely been hard, but I think it works for me right now. I think it’s still important to have my own control, I guess, being able to decide what I want to make.”
Nash is appearing at Reading Festival on Saturday August 25 and Leeds Festival on Sunday August 26.