Ellie Goulding is one of the biggest stars in music, because of that she manages to land a lot of gigs. Many of the shows she plays are at festivals.
Although she’s grateful, she still made a valid point when it came to hiring women to play at festivals.
In an interview with Rolling Stone she discussed about a big problem in the festival world:
“Generally I feel like as a woman in music, the one thing that I’ve noticed, which I’ve said before very openly, is that I feel that there aren’t as many women representing festivals. it’s very man-heavy. I mentioned some specific festivals that are very male-band heavy. I play festivals all the time — I’ve headlined probably 50 festivals this year. Are there any other women? No, not really.”
She acknowledged that it was great playing with Florence + The Machine, Chvrches and Banks, however, that’s still not enough. There are still many improvements that need to be made.
Ellie went on to say:
“I feel like in the media, it’s disguised as other things. For example, when I’m in a swimsuit and I don’t look good, the media says “flaunts her bikini body.” They’re desperately trying to say something negative, but they can’t because they’d get so much sh*t. So personally as a female musician on the road, I feel like I’ve had a lot of respect, but there are certain things that are still unfair.”
Yes, women do face a double standard on many different levels, not only in music. Acknowledging the problem and making sure something is being done is the first step to a better tomorrow.