“It’s important we go as close to 50/50 as we can”
Glastonbury Festival organiser, Emily Eavis, said the aim for the 2020 line-up is for it to be “as close to” 50/50 gender-balanced as possible.
“It’s important we go as close to 50-50 as we can.” she told MusicWeek.
“Sometimes it’ll be more, sometimes it’ll be less, it’s never going to be exactly 50/50.
“It’s important to have females on the bill as much as we have men, of course, but the pool – certainly on the headliner front – is not as big.” she said.
“So we have to work on that as an industry and nurture all these women coming through.
“Every booking Glastonbury make is conscious, we’re trying to address the imbalance,
“We’ve got a way to go, there are areas of the festival that have 50/50 [gender representation] like The Park last year.
“But The Pyramid obviously isn’t and we’re working on it.”
This year’s @GlastoFest made huge strides to address the gender split/imbalance of festival acts & lend further solidarity for women in music. A particularly hopeful interview with @emilyeavis in the current @MusicWeek which paves the way for future equality 🤘🏻 pic.twitter.com/5s6QS4QSNN
— Steve Rosier (@steverosier) November 13, 2019
It comes after Eavis had just been awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award while delivering a rallying cry for the live industry to book festival bills with a 50/50 gender split, in addition to previously admitting that she and father Michael – who founded the legendary Festival – are passionate about improving the gender imbalance on the Pyramid Stage.
Known for being a true champion for gender equality, Eavis also spoke at an event for Industry Day earlier in the year (March 29, 2019) – at the Moth Club in Hackney, East London – describing the male-dominated culture at the event as “impenetrable” and said she faced an “old guard” of men in charge of building the festival and booking its stages.
Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.
There are still ways to go to Glastonbury 2020, and in addition to being able to volunteer or enter the various competitions – there will also be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale on April 19.
Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.