Earlier this year, Wireless festival was called out for it’s lack of female representation in its line up. Just three of the original 37 acts were women: Mabel, Cardi B and Lisa Mercedez.
At the end of June, it was announced that Wireless, supported by Smirnoff’s Equalising Music campaign, will now have a stage dedicated solely to female artists. 25 female acts are due to appear on the stage hosted by Julie Adenuga and DJ Emerald.
A BBC study revealed that just 26% of UK festival line ups last year were female acts.
Emerald told the BBC, ‘I think that this stage we’re doing could definitely be viewed as tokenism, but what are we going to do? Not have that stage there and have no women performing at the festival?’
Wireless festival, now in it’s 13th year, kicks off in Finsbury Park on 6 July until 8 July.