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Love The 1975? Yep, us too. Now we have even more of a reason to stan, because 1975 frontman, Matty Healy, has vowed to only play festivals with a balanced gender line up from now on.
The news comes as a response to this year’s Reading and Leeds festival lineup announcement. With 91 acts on the line-up, only 20 of them are female – leading to a whole lot of criticism of gender imbalance in mainstream festivals.
Lord give me strength pic.twitter.com/z6HJsqLsDs
— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) February 11, 2020
So Matty took it upon himself to sign a hypothetical contract on Twitter, as you do, agreeing that something needs to be done about the gender imbalance.
“Take this as me signing this contract – I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who already have tickets. But from now I will and I believe this is how male artists can be true allies”
Take this as me signing this contract – I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who already have tickets. But from now I will and believe this is how male artist can be true allies ❤️ https://t.co/1eaZG2hEze
— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) February 12, 2020
“The point is that Reading and Leeds with more women would be honestly the best festival in the world” he continued.
Campaigns against gender inequality at music festivals have been gaining traction in recent years, with multiple festivals such as Liverpool Sound City and Barcelona’s Primavera signing up to the Keychange initiative, promising to have at least 50% female artists on their lineups by 2022. You love to see it, really.