Lily Allen Found A Simple Way To Highlight A Music Festival's Lack Of Female Acts

"The struggle is real."

With songs like "Fuck You" and "Hard Out Here" in her repertoire, Lily Allen has never been afraid to speak out about something she deems important to talk about. So when the British singer saw that a music festival had a disproportionate number of female acts in comparison to how many male acts had been booked, she voiced her opinion about it.


Wireless Festival, a U.K. music festival which began in 2005, released its lineup for the 2018 extravaganza, happening July 6-8, earlier this week. J. Cole, Stormzy, and DJ Khaled have been named headliners and there are, at this point, about 40 acts included.

Allen, upon seeing this, quickly realized just how few female acts were booked for the event — especially when looking at all the male acts. Not only were there no women headliners, but even the non-headlining acts were predominately made up of men. Using an image created by Twitter user @imbadatlife, Allen shared a Photoshopped version of the poster, sans male acts and leaving the few female acts. Count 'em: three.

While there is a line at the bottom that reads "plus more to be announced," it's unlikely that it will add enough women to make up ground and make their representation equal to that of men. Yes, Cardi B had an amazing year, but there are countless other ladies are killing it in the industry — despite not exactly dominating the charts like many think they do.

To make matters worse, a recent report by the BBC showed that there was an imbalance between acts in regards to gender. They found that male acts took up about 80 percent of the top slots, meaning that female acts are well underrepresented.

People tried to clap back at Allen, saying that women just aren't producing good music like men are, to no avail. She responded by saying "it's not about the music ... it's about money and power in a marketplace," and this conversation is happening "at a particularly important time in history." And, after getting some backlash, Allen voiced her point of view and defended herself.

With people like Allen speaking out about this inequality in the music industry, hopefully we'll see progress being made to rectify it. After all, representation matters — always.

(H/T: Billboard)


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