‘Tis the season for music festivals! All across the country artists and fans are gearing up for summer shows. There are numerous festivals to look forward to this year such as Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Hot 97’s Summer Jam, Lollapalooza, and The Governors Ball. Whether you are a fan of hip hop, edm, indie-rock, country, or folk, there is a festival for you. Coachella kicked off the fest mania this month and though considered one of the best there seems to be something missing- female acts.
Thousands of music lovers raided Indio, CA for the Coachella Music Valley and Arts Festival. Outkast, Muse, and Arcade Fire headlined the three-day, two-weekend festival. There have been numerous conversations about the lack of female representation at Coachella and other major festivals. According to Buzzfeed since its inception in 1999 only about 16% of the total bill are female-driven acts. Statistics go on to show that there has never been a year with more than a 25% lineup of female artists. Björk seems to have achieved the impossible when she headlined in 2002 and 2007. Besides Bjork only two groups, Portishead in 2009 and Arcade Fire, place females in the headlining slot in the history of Coachella. How can a musically diverse festival be so one-sided in terms of gender?
There were some memorable moments from women at Coachella this year. Beyoncé made a surprise cameo during Solange’s set. The crowd went wild as the two sisters danced together through smiles and big hair. Lana Del Rey debuted her new single “West Coast” during her set. The performance created a positive buzz and anticipation for the release of the studio version. In addition Lorde, BANKS, and Jhene Aiko all put on impressive shows displaying their promise and potential. But the question still remains: Will female acts remain underrepresented at Coachella?
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