After many festivals have been criticised for not giving female artists an equal platform to males, Glastonbury organiser, Emily Eavis, announced earlier this year that Glastonbury’s ‘future has to be 50/50.’
Whilst many events, including the Coachella Music Festival, are being postponed or cancelled altogether, the Glastonbury Music Festival 2020 has announced its line-up and there is good news for gender equality: 52% of the lineup is made up by females or bands featuring a mix of genders. Yes!
“It’s a challenge. Everyone’s finding it hard – but the acts are there,” she said, adding that Glastonbury’s former line-ups had, “always been male-heavy.”
Earlier this year it was announced that Diana Ross would be taking on the iconic, ‘legends slot,’ whilst Taylor Swift will be headlining the entire festival on the Sunday night on the Pyramid Stage.
Joining these iconic women is festival favourite Dua Lipa who will headline the festival’s second biggest stage, The Other Stage. In a powerful move and solidifying Glastonbury’s commitment to female artist the festival’s first-ever female headliner, Suzanne Vega will also return to Worthy Farm – 31 years after playing the Pyramid Stage in a bullet-proof vest, after her band received death threats.
Other key female artists appearing include Camila Cabello, Brit Award winner, Celeste, former GLAMOUR cover star, Mabel, Grammy Award winning, Lana Del Rey and Charli XCX.
Rounding off the other 90 names announced yesterday are Sir Paul McCartney, Supergrass, Kendrick Lamar and the Pet Shop Boys.
The 2020 Glastonbury Music Festival is the music event’s 50th anniversary and with that in mind, Emily Eavis released the line-up saying she had her ‘fingers firmly crossed,’ the event will go ahead whilst the Coronavirus puts countries in lockdown.
“As things stand, we are still working hard to deliver our 50th anniversary festival in June and we are very proud of the bill that we have put together over the last year or so,” she said.
“No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth,” she continued.
We are crossing our fingers that it will go ahead.