Music festivals pledge 50/50 gender equality

The days of male-dominated music festivals could be drawing to a close, after 45 events pledged to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022.

Brighton’s Great Escape, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Liverpool Sound City and the BBC Proms are among those who have signed up to the initiative.

It is supported by Garbage star Shirley Manson, who recently called the music industry’s lack of equality “insane”.

Last year, 80% of festival headliners were male, a BBC study discovered.  More

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