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The 1975 to only play festivals with 50/50 gender split?

Matty Healy, the lead singer of UK band the 1975, has hinted that he will no longer play at festivals that have a majority of male artists on the bill

By Anna Grace on 12 Feb 2020

The 1975 to only play festivals with a 50/50 gender split

The 1975's Matty Healy


image © pitpony.photography/CC-BY-SA-3.0

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy has announced that he will only agree to play at festivals that commit to featuring 50% female and non-binary performers, saying “this is how male artists can be true allies”.

The statement evolved from a Twitter exchange with journalist Laura Snapes, who suggested the artist add a condition to his rider to stipulate a boycott of festivals dominated by male acts.

“Take this as me signing this contract,” wrote Healy. “I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who have tickets. But from now I will.”

“This is how male artists can be true allies”

Healy admitted that he was sure “my agents are having kittens right now”, but stated that “people need to act and not chat”. The 1975 are represented by Mike Mori at Paradigm (North America) and Matt Bates at Primary Talent International (RoW).

The 1975 are headlining a one-day event at London’s Finsbury Park this summer, in a special eco-friendly show. The band are also making appearances at UK festivals Boardmasters and Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Bonnaroo and Boston Calling in the US, and Rock for People in Czech Republic.

Over 300 festival, industry organisations and events have now signed the Keychange pledge, committing to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022.

Photo: © pitpony.photography/ Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0) (cropped)

 


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