Every year, I find myself disappointed by the lack of female representation in the festival scene. There are of course, the Beyoncés at Coachella, Florences at Glastonbury, but particularly at some of the smaller festivals that are becoming more and more popular in recent years, there seems to be an apparent lack of female/non-binary artists performing.
However, we should not discredit the women that have made it to the big (and smaller!) stages. Whether you find yourself at a day festival, like Lovebox, or embarking on a mud-filled weekend at Bestival, show your appreciation for the sisterhood by going to support these talented women.
Let’s start local. You might have found yourself convinced to attend 'Strawberries & Creem' on the 16th June in the heart of Cambridge. Why not go and see ‘Heidi’, a techno/disco DJ. Following the re-launch of her 'Jackathon Jams' label in 2016 and a short hiatus, she’s back performing this summer. Get some respite from the overwhelmingly male-dominated grime, and boogie with Heidi.
Heading over to London, day festivals are also sporting a number of exciting female artists. R&B singer-songwriter ‘SZA’ is performing at 'Lovebox' in Gunnersbury Park from the 13-14th July. If you haven’t already listened to her debut album, Cntrl, is a dreamy blend of jazz vocals, hip-hop, and an honest account of ‘Solána Rowe’s’ experiences growing up, being a woman, and falling in love. She’ll be gracing the stage this summer with all this and more new music.
In a different musical vein, Marika Hackman is playing at 'Y NOT' festival in Derbyshire in 26-29th July. The line-up for this festival is incredibly male-dominated – something quite common in the more ‘indie’ music scene. However, Hackman is an incredibly talented female artist. Her second full-length album, ‘I’m Not Your Man’ (2017) bridges a gap between folk and heavier alternative-rock music, and her lyrics explore the difficulties of womanhood and embracing your sexuality. She's certainly not one to miss, should you find yourself at 'Y NOT' this summer!
Granted, the festival scene is still unrepresentative of the female talent in the music world today. However, there are plenty of women performing who should not be left to go under the radar. Make an active effort this summer to engage with the female artists performing at whatever festival you might be going to, and support your sisters!
Other Festivals and Fabulous Female Artists: Lorde, IAMDDB (Parklife), London Grammar, M.I.A, First Aid Kit (Bestival), Die Antwoord (Boomtown), Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, (Latitude).