The music pageant Standon Calling has become the first UK festival to be fully gender-balanced. Its female artist line-up includes more than 50% female artists, making it the first mainstream UK festival to do so. The event was founded by Alex Trenchard, a former dancer and entrepreneur who is also the festival’s chairman. Keychange, the organisation behind the campaign, has pledged to achieve gender parity by 2022.
The first major UK festival to book at least 50% female acts is Standon Calling, a three-day event in Manchester. In announcing its lineup for July 21-23, the festival said it would sign up to the PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative, and by the end of this year, it will be aiming to be 50 percent female. This year, Standon will be joined by Marsden Jazz Festival and True North Music’s Americana, Country and Roots festival in Leeds. Despite being canceled last year due to a storm, the organisers say the initiative will help them reach gender parity in the future.
As part of the charity Keychange, the festival will have a female and non-binary bill for its 2022 edition. It will also include female and non-binary artists for the first time. The festival will run for three days, with Thursday day tickets available. For more information, visit the website of Standon Calling. These festivals are making great strides towards gender equality.
The festival has announced a gender-balanced artist lineup for Standon Calling 2022. The first UK music festival to sign the Keychange pledge has achieved a 54 per cent female representation in its line-up. The event has signed the pledge four years ago to reach gender parity by 2022. If the pledge is met, it will become the UK’s largest independent music festival to reach gender parity.
In order to achieve gender parity, Standon Calling will book at least 50% female artists. The festival, which will return to its home town of Lancashire in July, will become the first major UK festival to sign up for the Keychange pledge. With this decision, the festival will join Marsden Jazz and True North Music’s Americana, Country and Roots pageant as the first major indie music festival to achieve gender parity by 2022.
By committing to the Keychange pledge, Standon Calling has become the first major UK music festival to sign up to a pledge that encourages all festivals to book at least 50% female acts. Similarly, the festival has pledged to reach gender parity by 2022. This commitment has been made by 500 music organisations to promote gender equality in the music industry. So, what do you need to do to become the first UK music festival to achieve gender parity