Reading Festival Doubles Their Headliners From Three To Six, Why Are There Still No Women On The Line-Up?

Post Malone has headlined the festival more than women have in the last two decades.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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In news to surprise absolutely no-one, Reading and Leeds have announced next year's line-up with absolutely no headliners who aren't male. That's despite the fact that, instead of the usual three, they now have six headliners performing on two main stages. Hard to believe, but they've actually outdone themselves! 2021's all-male line-up consists of Stormzy, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure, Queens Of The Stone Age and Liam Gallagher (who, by now, has probably played every festival in the UK).

It's disappointing to say the least - as the gender inequality is pointed out to the festival's organisers year after year after year. As music journalist Roisin O'Connor pointed out, Post Malone - who is headlining the festival for a third time - has headlined Reading more than women have in the last two decades. 'They've booked one female headliner in 21 years and that was Paramore on a co-headline slot,' she added in a tweet.

In 2020, Festival Republic can't plead ignorance, it's just not good enough when there's no shortage of show-stopping talent in pop (come on, Reading has long moved past the days of being a rock festival). Billie Eilish? Beyonce? Gaga? Ariana? Lizzo? Cardi B? Doja Cat is also on the line-up - and there's no doubt she'll provide a headline worthy set. (Grazia has contacted Reading and Leeds for comment.)

It's no secret that the music industry is predominantly run by men, so to see that also play out on line-ups like Reading and Leeds is, as Annie Mac said earlier this year, very disheartening to young women in the crowds{ =nofollow}. 'For all the 16 year old girls going to their first festival at Reading and Leeds 2020. Just know that you DO belong on those stages,' she tweeted after the 2020 line-up was announced in February.

Thank goodness, other festivals are starting to do better. Last year Primavera Sounds, in Barcelona, successfully had a 50/50 line-up, with artists like Lizzo, FKA Twigs, Janelle Monae, Christine and the Queens, Robyn and Sigrid playing. So, it's not impossible! And, of course, it's a real shame that we didn't get to see Taylor Swift headline Glastonbury this year. Please, Reading and Leeds - do better.

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