TRNSMT boss: Festivals have 'a long way to go' on gender balance

Wolf Alice are performing at this year's TRNSMT festival
The organiser of TRNSMT has told Newsbeat there's "a long way to go" with gender balance across festival line-ups.Geoff Ellis says most festival promoters have been trying to "redress a balance"."We do have strong female representation across the line-up but we're committed to doing more."This year's TRNSMT includes The Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher and Arctic Monkeys as headliners.
Arctic Monkeys are headlining TRNSMT on Sunday 1 July on Glasgow Green
TRNSMT - in its second year - is put on by the same people who run T In The Park.
Last year, a BBC study discovered that 80% of festival headliners were male.Overall, female acts made up 26% of UK festival line-ups in 2017.Some of the UK's biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival have now backed a pledge to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022.TRNSMT is yet to sign up to the campaign. "I don't want to put a date on it because I think it then becomes forced," says Geoff Ellis. "A large portion of our artists are female but it's not 50/50. "Hopefully we'll have a strong balance next year and we're all working towards having a greater balance. Geoff says there's a need for more female artists to come through but says "not every female artist who would work at a festival like TRNSMT is necessarily available each year".
Lauren from Chrvches recently donated money to a Glasgow music school to encourage women to perform
This year's TRNSMT line up is male-heavy. But female-led acts like Wolf Alice, Chrvches, Pale Waves, Sigrid and Jessie J are quite high up the bill on their respective stages.The festival's dance stage features predominantly female DJs.Geoff Ellis suggests a lack of encouragement for female talent might be one of the issues contributing to fewer women appearing on line-ups. "We've got to make the culture easier for female artists to come through."
Paigey Cakey will perform on the all-female stage at Wireless
His comments come shortly after Wireless Festival revealed to Newsbeat that it will host an all-female stage at this year's event after criticism over the lack of women on its original line-up.Speaking about his own approach to including more female acts, Geoff Ellis says: "There's no point in being tokenistic about it, I don't think that really achieves anything. "You want people to actually come through and develop and give them every opportunity you can to help develop." Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.
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