It’s been over two weeks since the BRAG called out Sydney’s Days Like This festival for featuring zero females on its 30-strong artist bill.
“We weren’t the only ones who had picked up on this,” said BRAG reporter Jessica Westcott. “Nina Las Vegas sent out a tweet and got into a dialogue with Alison Wonderland. But within the hour they had taken the tweets down.”
Now, Days Like This has added two females to its artist bill, DJ Cassette and DJ Anya. Cassette will warm up the mainstage on Saturday, however it’s not clear when DJ Anya will perform as she doesn’t feature on the set times announcement.
Neither artist features on the festival posters online.
While it seems suppression in the local industry could be the reason why local female acts aren’t speaking out, the public isn’t quite done making its promoter (Division Agency) aware of their opinions:
Seventh Street Media has reached out to Division to respond to these latest comments. However, festival organisers have made a previous public statement about the decision to book an all-male festival lineup. In a comment given to Music Feeds last month, organisers defended the decision: “We’re sad that a number of the female artists we approached were not available for the 2017 event, and we’re already in discussions with a number of female headline artists for 2018.”
Organisers said they had hoped some of the female acts booked for associated festival Pitch (March 10 – 13) would be added to the Days Like This Festival lineup “but due to logistical and/or scheduling conflicts this wasn’t possible”.
Days Like This Festival takes place tomorrow at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
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