An all-female new music festival has been announced, pursuing controversy about male-dominated activities.
Singer Lily Allen and DJ Annie Mac have earlier criticised the dearth of woman performers at some festivals.
HearHer will be “the only United kingdom competition to boast an 100% woman bill”, organisers say, and is entirely produced – all the things from established style and sound engineering to lighting – by ladies.
The festival “aims to promote female empowerment and diminish inequality and discrimination in the new music industry”.
The event in Dorset – which follows a trial run, then known as the Diva Tunes Competition, past 12 months – is curated by singer-songwriters KT Tunstall and actress and singer Heather Peace.
It will “elevate woman talent into the positions they have rightfully gained, supply a optimistic area in which to nurture feminine grassroots talent, and embrace and champion women each on and off stage”.
Organisers say that of 70% of the British isles competition line-ups in 2018 were being all-male bands.
Synth-pop star Shura and indie-folk singer SOAK are headlining the competition, www.hearherfestival.com, which operates from October 11 to 13.
– Press Association