Isle of Wight festival announces all-male headliners for 2024

Isle of Wight Pageant has sparked backlash soon after saying its 2024 lineup with headliners The Prodigy, Pet Store Boys, Green Day – and no ladies.

The annual music festival will get place following summer time from 20 to 23 June, with the lineup getting announced on Thursday (2 November).

But of the 16 acts participating in on the principal stage, only 3 are feminine: Swedish pop star Zara Larsson and soul singer Beverley Knight as solo artists, even though Eighties rockers Uncomplicated Minds have provided backing vocalist Sarah Brown and drummer Cherisse Osei given that 2017. None of these artists, on the other hand, are actively playing the headline slot.

The Independent has contacted Isle of Wight Festival for remark.

In its place, Friday (21 June) night’s demonstrate will be headlined by The Prodigy, who now carry out as a duo pursuing the death of frontman Keith Flint in 2019. Saturday (22 June) will see the Pet Shop Boys headline with their Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Reside display, when American rockers Environmentally friendly Day will headline on Sunday (23 June) in a Uk festival special.

Other functions participating in the main stage are The Streets, McFly, Straightforward Minds, Keane, Suede, Dagny and The Darkness. Suede, Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems, Scouting for Women, Dagny, The Mary Wallopers, Toyah and Robert, and the Rick Parfitt Jnr Band will all play at the Big Top, with additional acts to be introduced.

In spite of the tunes industry declaring to have become extra diverse and inclusive in modern years, male acts have continued to dominate lineups at British isles festivals.

The Pet Shop Boys will headline Isle of Wight Pageant upcoming year (PA)

In 2022, a YouGov study found that only a person in 10 headliners at the UK’s best festivals have been ladies. Of 200 headline functions, just 26 have been female. One identified as non-binary, 24 had a combined-gender lineup, and the rest (149) have been both male solo artists or all-male bands.

Past calendar year, despite 48 for each cent of the acts performing being feminine, Glastonbury Pageant was extensively criticised for showcasing all-male headliners in Guns N’ Roses, Arctic Monkeys and Elton John. Lots of criticised the choice not to have Lizzo or Lana Del Rey, both equally of whom done at the pageant, in just one of the headline slots.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis claimed that Guns N’ Roses replaced a woman singer – strongly rumoured to be Taylor Swift – who “changed her touring plans”, but admitted that the struggle to e book major feminine functions as a “pipeline” trouble.

“This commences way back again with the file corporations, radio. I can shout as loud as I like but we require to get everyone on board,” she said. In 2022, the gender and racial disparity report into British isles radio located that Uk male solo artists occupied the top 100 a lot more than 3 moments as often as woman solo artists, and ended up existing in 80 for every cent of all top 100 singles.

In latest months, even so, there has been a resurgence of feminine acts in the British isles charts, thanks to hit singles from Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Peggy Gou, Kenya Grace and Mitski. The Barbie soundtrack also helped, with Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, and Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice all achieving the Top rated 10 with music from Barbie: The Album.