Wireless have announced an alternative, all-female stage that will host an extra 25 female artists during the festival.
The event was previously called out for its lack of women on the original line-up, with only three out of 37 acts being women – Cardi B, Mabel and Lisa Mercedez. Cardi B later pulled out of the festival after announcing her pregnancy.
Lily Allen shared her frustrations on Twitter, posting a picture of the Wireless line-up poster with the male artists removed and writing “the struggle is real”
The struggle is real pic.twitter.com/R58zKuCaK2
— LILYALLEN2.0 (@lilyallen) January 23, 2018
The new stage has been curated by Rinse FM and fuelled by Smirnoff’s Equalising Music campaign. It will see the likes of Bad Gyal, Paigey Cakey, Lady Leshurr and Barely Legal performing.
Julie Adenuga will co-host with DJ Emerald, who will also DJ on all three days of the festival. Speaking to the BBC, DJ Emerald said: “Shame it’s a response to something negative, but it’s 100% positive and progressive.
“I remember seeing the flyer with all the male names taken out, it was so shocking to see that and it really hit home. Not even the lack of women, but the volume of men. It was just so overpowering.”
“I think that this stage we’re doing could definitely be viewed as tokenism, but what are we going to do? Not have that stage there and have no women performing at the festival?” she continued. “I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”
The festival takes place on July 6th – 8th at London’s Finsbury Park. You can grab tickets here.
Last year, Stefflon Don said that playing London’s Wireless festival was her highlight of the summer.