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Friday 13 December 2019

Festival organisers face criticism over lack of women musicians

Kasabian have been announced as one of the headline acts for Reading and Leeds
Kasabian have been announced as one of the headline acts for Reading and Leeds

The organisers of Reading and Leeds festivals are facing fierce criticism from music fans after just one female performer was included in the current line-up.

American band Against The Current, fronted by Chrissy Costanza, is the only act to include a woman of the 20 announced so far.

On Thursday, Kasabian were revealed as headliners alongside the previously-announced Muse.

Other acts announced by organisers include Two Door Cinema Club, Fatboy Slim, Jimmy Eat World and Wiley - as well as Australian DJ Flume, indie rockers Circa Waves and Rat Boy.

It means the line-up currently features 57 men and one woman, a figure initially reported by music blog Crack In The Road and confirmed by the festival.

Fans criticised the festival on social media, with Sami Chaerin telling organisers they should call it the "we hate women festival 2017".

She added: "There are plenty of female acts that provide music worthy of festivals and there are none here."

Matthew Gordon said: "See Reading & Leeds have gone with the male dominated route again, how original" on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Mairi Ella said she had become "conditioned to seeing male lead acts dominating festival line ups".

The joint festivals, organised by Festival Republic, have faced similar criticism in the past. They have been contacted for comment.

Reading and Leeds Festival 2017 will run in the respective locations between August 25 and 27.

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