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The line-ups were: “Women remain under-represented at festivals’

Of the major Belgian festivals book Sphinx the most female acts, suggested association shesaid.so.

Angèle © Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

Linkerwoofer, Elrow Town and TW Classic this year, only fully male acts booked. This is apparent from a count of shesaid.so, an organisation representing women in the music industry unites, and their interests defends.

The association was looking for in the line-up of 35 Belgian festivals to female and mixed acts and came to the conclusion that women are under-represented. In addition to the three aforementioned festivals booked also metalfestival Alcatraz no all-female acts, and some mixed groups. The falls shesaid.so also on the other metalfestival in the research Graspop, with 13,18% all-female and mixed bands at the start of the pack dangles. Also dance – and elektronicafans do less well compared to the rest of the festivals.

The leader in the field of female-only acts, is a world music festival Sphinx (31,82%). When you have mixed groups, it counts, La Truite Magique, a festival in the forests of Houffalize, if ‘vrouwelijkste’ festival from the bus. Also, Werchter Boutique and Esperanzah score well.

All the results in a row © shesaid.so

Andee conclusions are difficult to make, say the initiators of the research. Festivals are usually a playback of the music industry and here we see the balance between men and women’, they write in a blog post. Festivals depend on the bands and their touring schedules and take into account the kartenverkoop, what they feel they have to do with the music industry as she is.’

‘At the same time, playing festivals and concert halls a large role when it comes to the change of the status quo, prosecute them. Shesaid.so want to study from now on, every year repeating to see how the situation evolves, and notes that not only the in in imbalance on the festivalaffiches. “When we look at the proportion of LGBTQ artists, non-white groups or musicians with a disability, will the picture there was only grim look.’

Read also the opinion of dj Hannes Rooms on this topic: “No, there are still not enough women on the festivals’

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