Glastonbury pledge to have more women on 2016 bill

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Making women more visible on the festival’s lineup is a priority for the Eavises this year

Emily Eavis, has voiced her excitement at having a more female-heavy lineup this year in a interview with Noisey.

“We are strong on women this year, I have to say”, she said, adding: “There are loads of great female MCs coming through this year which is quite exciting. Little Simz and Lady Leshurr and people like that.”

She also shed light on how she tries to promote diversity when booking acts: “”We consciously try to keep it as wide and as varied as possible. It’s always been pretty diverse here, but I think it’s important to think consciously about that when you’re booking.

It’s very easy to fill the stages up with the more predictable acts, so it’s important to keep it broad and open. The crowd here is really diverse. You’ve got every type of person imaginable. A lot of people discover music here, so it’s important to open people’s minds as well.”

The issue of ‘Very Male Lineups’ has been highlighted by a Tumblr of the same name, and in a Guardian piece that revealed, upon analysing 12 UK festivals, found that 86% of advertised performers were men.