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The 1975's Frontman Pledges To Only Play Festivals With Gender Equality

Love 'The Sound' of this!

Yesterday, the line-up for Reading and Leeds festival dropped and well, it wasn’t great. Out of 92 names billed on the first Reading and Leeds poster, only 20 are women. Further, a good amount of these acts were billed on a smaller stage with only one female act on the main stage, per day. 

As a result, the internet has vocalised their disappointment on the matter including the Guardian’s Deputy Music Editor, Laura Snapes, who said “By this stage, we can conclusively assume that Melvin Benn (Managing Director of Festival Republic) doesn’t give a shit about representation.”

The 1975 frontman, Matty Healy, entered the conversation, agreeing with Snapes’ points saying “you are so right”, but then adding “but rage is a dope booking!!!”

Here, Snapes doesn’t quite agree with Healy in her reply, pondering on what could have been: “Rage would be a dope booking if they used their leverage to demand equality on the bill. Any act with power that isn’t doing that, yet is speaking out against inequality, is failing to understand the game-changing role they could play in this situation.”

Then, in a moment of realisation, Matty Healy wholeheartedly agreed with Snapes, saying: “Shit that’s so fucking true.”

Laura Snapes then prompts Healy to take action for his festival runs, saying: “do it MH, add a condition to your rider that says you’ll only play festivals that commit to X% (ideally 50%!) acts that include women and non-binary performers.”

To which, Matty Healy agreed, saying “Take this as me signing this contract – I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who already have tickets. But from now I will and believe this is how male artist can be true allies.”

Yes, Matty! We stan a supportive king. The two then pondered on the logistics of how this would work.

Speaking of iconic musicians, we spoke to Murray from The Wiggles about potentially collaborating with Lil Nas X on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

While it’s not technically in writing we sure do love a music legend coming out and speaking for what’s right. 

The question on everyone’s minds now is, will he ever play a festival on our shores again? If The 1975 are only opting for shows with 50% women and non-binary artists, it doesn’t look like there are many down under that are suitable.

Thanks to an Instagram account @lineupswithoutmales, we can see, we’re not doing that great with Aussie festivals. Just check out a few from this year. 

Even a festival that The 1975 just played on our shores had 40% non-male artists.

Props to Matty Healy for doing the right thing here, hopefully, more festival promoters strive for a 50-50 split. We’re here for good vibes, not just masc4masc vibes. 

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Hey Reading And Leeds Festival, Female Artists Also Exist, You Know?

Ever heard of 'em?

The highly-anticipated line-up for 2020’s Reading and Leeds festival has just dropped and it’s quite shocking.

Sure, there are some big names, like Stromzy, Liam Gallagher and reunited Rage Against The Machine, but that’s not what has us shook. One quick glance of the line-up has the internet asking, where on earth are all of the women? 

Out of 92 names billed on the first Reading and Leeds poster, only 20 are women. Not to mention, three of those names are mixed bands. Factoring into account the number of people in all the bands, the line-up is made up of just 21% female artists.

If it couldn’t get any worse, it’s almost as if women have been pushed to the one stage this year. The festival republic has most of the female acts, leaving very little women on the main stage. 

If you’re a fan of iconic female artists, make sure you check out our analysis of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl performance on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Sadly, there are no female headliners, with only one female act on the main stage, per day. Those acts include the incredible R&B up-and-comer, Mabel, the alt-rock phenomenon, Bloxx, and the ultra-fast, fierce rapper, Lady Leshurr.

Lady Leshurr looking for other female acts like…

There is a chance that more women could be added to the line-up when they release more names, but to be honest, it doesn’t look likely. Ultimately, Leeds and Reading festival have notoriously been male-dominated, as are a lot of other festivals

So, if you’re planning on heading to Europe this summer, don’t go to Reading or Leeds, hit up more progressive festivals like Primavera Sound. This Barcelona-based festival doesn’t skimp out on non-male acts, striving for a 50/50 split and calling it the “new normal”.

If festivals like these are actively choosing not to support non-male acts, the choice is simple, don’t go. 

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Rest Assured, NASA Is All Over The Broom Challenge

Clean sweep.

If you hopped onto Twitter in the past few days, you probably would have seen this Tweet. 

In the short video from user @mikaiylaaaaa, the voiceover made a claim that the day of recording (10.02.20) was “the only day a broom can stand up on its own”. Further, they cited “the gravitational pull” as the reasoning behind it and “NASA” as the source of the information. 

Speaking of viral things on the internet, we had a good ol’ yarn about Trump’s packed lunch on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The video, which racked up over 60k retweets and 270k likes, has since been replicated by many celebrities, including; DJ Khaled, Paula Abdul, Lauren Jauregui and Little Big Town, instigating the start of the viral trend, the Broom Challenge.

Also, there were plenty of celebrities who failed to do the challenge.

However, in a super-duper shocking turn of events, this has turned out to be a hoax. NASA took to Twitter the day after the supposed day of witchcraft, to prove that “physics works on any day of the year.” 

Further, in a statement made to Insider, NASA wanted to warn the internet of the dangers of false information.

They said; “This is another social media hoax that exemplifies how quickly pseudoscience and false claims can go viral, while this hoax was harmless, it also shows why it’s important for all of us to do some fact-checking and research — including checking in with @NASA and NASA.gov for real science fun facts — before jumping into the latest viral craze.”

There you have it. Hoax debunked!

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