Following heavy criticism, Wireless Festival announce new ‘all-female’ stage

Wireless Festival has announced an all-female stage for their event following a wave of criticism about their male-heavy original line-up.

The stage will host an added 25 women and comes after the festival was previously criticised for its lack of women on the original line-up.

It emerged that only three out of 37 confirmed acts were female – Cardi B, Mabel and Lisa Mercedez. It would, of course, been boosted to four women if Cardi B had not pulled out of the event due to her pregnancy. Lily Allen became one of the most vocal in the criticism, posting a photoshopped image of the original line-up but showing only the female names accompanied with the caption “the struggle is real”.

Now, the new stage will be curated by Rinse FM and pioneered by Smirnoff’s ‘Equalising Music’ campaign. Names such as Bad Gyal, Paigey Cakey and Barely Legal performing and Julie Adenuga will co-host with DJ Emerald. Speaking about the decision to host an all-female stage, DJ Emerald told the BBC: “Shame it’s a response to something negative, but it’s 100% positive and progressive.

“I remember seeing the flyer with all the male names taken out, it was so shocking to see that and it really hit home. Not even the lack of women, but the volume of men. It was just so overpowering.

“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?” she continued. “I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”

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