In response to The Guardian‘s deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, Manchester indie-rock/pop-rock outfit The 1975 shared that they’ve made a commitment that they intend to play only gender-balanced music festivals going forward.
This follows criticism off the back of the recent announcement for this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival for its heavily male line-up, and is a discussion that is (and has been) present and raised for a number of music festivals in recent years.
— Lucy ⚰️ (@lucy_mccourt) February 11, 2020
Snapes tweeted the band’s frontman, Matt Healy, suggesting that the band make some form of deal in their agreement with bookers that they’ll only commit to performing at their event provided there’s an X% of artists on the festival’s final line-up that are female and non-binary performers.
Healy responded with the following.
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
As Healy states in his tweet, the band have already been confirmed to perform at festivals this coming summer which may not fit a gender-balanced description, potentially including ones that are yet to be announced (they’ll have signed the contractual agreement months prior).
You can read the full original article about this over on The Guardian now.