It’s no secret that there’s a pretty big gender gap in the music industry. And trying to balance this out is a pretty tall call. But Lykke Li has made a move to do just that.
In line with her brand of mezcal, YOLA, the Swedish artist has announced YOLA Festival, which boasts an all female-identifying lead lineup.
Lykke Li has announced an all-female festival, which is billed to be “a festival in celebration of the arts, culture and music by today’s women.”
Taking place at LA Historic Park on June 6th, the festival boasts some powerhouse women from the music industry. Joining Lykke will be Courtney Love, Charlie XCX, Cat Power, Cupcakke, Megan Thee Stallion, and Ambar Lucid, with more to be announced.
Posting to Instagram, Lykke Li wrote “IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING, MY WOMEN, MY GUITARS! WE WILL GATHER UNDER THE STARS TO SING AND DANCE, AND DRINK AND GRIND, AND FIGHT THE FIGHT!”
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IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING, MY WOMEN, MY GUITARS! WE WILL GATHER UNDER THE STARS TO SING AND DANCE, AND DRINK AND GRIND, AND FIGHT THE FIGHT! FROM @YOLAMEZCAL AND ME, THIS WILL BE THE PLACE TO BE! … Los Angeles, join us on June 8th for @YOLAFEST presented by @YOLAMEZCAL at LA Historic Park. … Tickets are on sale this Friday, April 5th at 10am PT on yolafest.com … A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will go towards @DWCweb in Los Angeles
This festival comes in direct opposition to the ongoing trend of vastly majority male festival lineups. Although many festivals are making a concerted effort to increase their spread to 50/50, there’s still a way to go.
Earlier this year, the ABC published their By the Numbers 2019 gender gap in the music industry report. The report revealed that of the 5 big Australian music festivals, on average 41% acts were female in the lineup.
While this is a pretty decent improvement from last years 34.8%, it’s hard to ignore Instagram accounts like @lineupswithoutmales, which expertly demonstrates that we still have a long way to go.