The TRNSMT festival has come under fire after it announced a new stage for female acts.
DF Concerts had previously been criticised for the male-dominated line-up of headliners at what is Scotland’s biggest outdoor festival.
In response, and in an effort to tackle the “gender play gap”, the ‘Queen Tut’s Stage’ was unveiled with 18 female artists or bands with some female element including bill-toppers Lauren Spiteri, Zoe Graham and The Eves, as well as more familiar names round these parts such as St Martiins/strong> (pictured), Tongue Trap and Tamzene.
The organisers of the event, which takes place from 12th – 14th July on Glasgow Green, were criticised by among others, the Musicians Union when the festival was announced in February. Female acts included Sigrid, Mabel and Jess Glynne, but made up just 20 per cent of the line-up.
Campaign group Scottish Women In Music, which aims to achieve a “level playing field” in the music industry, was supportive of the new stage.
However, others have been less impressed, with blog Highway Queens tweeting the festival: “Just book women on all the stages next time. Thanks.”
TRNSMT will feature headline appearances from Stormzy, Gerry Cinnamon, Snow Patrol , Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, and Example.
DF Concerts’ Geoff Ellis said in February that there was a need to “develop female artists to make them into headliners,” but pointed out that the likes of Chvrches and Florence & The Machine and Chvrches had already been booked for DF’s Summer Sessions event in Edinburgh in August.
The new stage follows on from DF’s celebration of International Women’s Day in March, when King Tut’s was renamed ‘Queen Tut’s’ for a show featuring The Vegan Leather and The Van T’s.