Charli XCX Condemns Reading and Leeds Festivals for Failing to Book More Women

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As she voices her frustration in excess of the songs events’ male-dominated lineup, the ‘Break the Rules’ singer phone calls for improvement on illustration by file firms.

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Charli XCX has slammed the organisers of the Studying and Leeds festivals for reserving a male-dominated lineup.

Organisers of the U.K. songs occasion have arrive below hearth for their male-dominated bill, with only 20 woman or combined-gender functions introduced as performers on Tuesday, February twelve, and no headliners.

Speaking to U.K. songs website NME at their yearly awards bash on Wednesday, Charli condemned Studying and Leeds chiefs for failing to reply to previous criticism in excess of line-ups that have only showcased just one woman-fronted headliner, Paramore, in 20 yrs.

“They just have to have to ebook much more girls, but the point is that this discussion has been going on for so prolonged,” Charli said. “I sense like this actually occurred very last year with Studying & Leeds.”

“The lineup arrived out and most people was like, ‘There are not plenty of girls on this lineup’. Very little has improved. Very little. What can be performed? It can be our obligation to speak about this and be as open as we can.”

Nonetheless, she also believes file firms also have to act to make improvements to illustration, introducing: “The alter requirements to arrive from the market by itself and the ground up. Sure, the pageant requirements to ebook ladies but the market as a full requirements to recognise girls doing the job in just it: producers, writers, A&Rs, executives, something.”

In a individual chat with the Day-to-day Mirror, Charli also hit out at BRIT Awards chiefs for the absence of woman illustration in their Album of the 12 months or Ideal Group types.

“What the f**k is that about?” she raged. “It can be what all people has been saying. Women of all ages never just are entitled to to be in the woman types, we’re not the subplot, the heat-up act, we’re the main occasion.”

Her criticism follows a guarantee by The 1975 frontman Matty Healy that his band, who headlined the occasion very last year, will only engage in gender-balanced festivals.