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Here’s A Bunch Of Aussie, Queer Artists To Add To Your Mardi Gras Playlist

Mardi-YAAASSS.

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival kicks off tomorrow, which means you’ll be going gay clubbing, like a lot. While the parade doesn’t start until the end of the month, there’s still a whole bunch of performances and events that’ll be coming to a hotspot near you. As a result, we know you’ll be listening to a lot of iconic pop music to get you in the mood.

Speaking of gay icons, we discussed the Gay Man’s Choir’s tribute to Laura Dern on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

And while you should definitely have Cher, ABBA and Arethra Franklin on your Mardi Gras playlists, the festival is always a good excuse to discover some new, queer artists that are singing about queer stories. So, here’s a bunch to get you started:

Cub Sport

In this Brissy band, the frontman (Nelson) and keyboardist (Netterfield) are married, making for one sweet, sweet discography. If you want to hear the most romantic song of all time, I definitely recommend you check out ‘Party Pill’ where the two duet, singing about the first time they met. 

Ms Blanks

Ms Blanks is a Brisbane rapper empowering the trans-community with bop after bop. Each single she drops is politically charged with the aims of shedding a light on gender and racial inequality in Australia. I guarantee you, chucking on ‘Good Good D’ will get anyone onto the dancefloor.

Collarbones

After meeting on a post-rock online forum, these two have been making music for over a decade now. Their most recent album, Futurity, is their best to date. Be sure to add ‘A.I.’ to your playlists, it’s the ultimate, techno party-starter. 

Montaigne

In an interview with Frooty, Montaigne discusses her queerness, saying: “Representation is very important to me. But I also don’t want it to be ‘this person is queer’. I want it to be ‘this person is queer, and all these other amazing things’.” Well, Montaigne is not only a queer artist that’s pumping out amazing pop music, but she’s also going to representing Australia at this year’s Eurovision competition. Couldn’t get more iconic than that, hey? 

Imbi The Girl

This non-binary artist makes the most introspective music out of any artist I know. Their vulnerability, coming through their melodic rap, is so extremely captivating, one listen simply isn’t enough. If you’re looking for a tune to get you started, for sure get into ‘swell’ and enjoy the subsequent deep dive. 

G Flip

Since the first time we heard G Flip’s voice, we haven’t been able to stop listening. Her love songs about her girlfriend are pure pop perfection. Personally, whenever I try to deep dive into her discography, I get stuck with ‘Drink Too Much’, it’s too good to not be repeated. What are you waiting for? Go stream this producer, drummer and vocalist right now!

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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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