Leeds and Reading festival have hosted just one female headliner in twenty years.
By Simran Kaur
The popular festival which welcomes around 70,000 people a year seems to be behind the times. Over the last twenty years, there has only been one female performer who headlined – and that was Paramore in 2014.
Festival director, Melvin Boss, who manages the lineup every year for Reading and Leeds claims he does not choose what bands to perform by their gender, stating: “There has been a historic lack of opportunity for young women to get into bands, and to be in bands, and I think that’s disappeared now. Gone are the days when a band was four guys.”
A 2013 report by the Times claimed that 95.5% of acts that performed on the main stage in over a decade have all been men. Festivals have been criticised for using the same male performers multiple times, such as Foo Fighters, and disregarding female acts which are hot at the moment such as Dua Lipa.