Sydney’s Days Like This Festival has responded to criticism surrounding its all-male lineup for 2017.
When originally announced in December 2016, this year’s Days Like This lineup featured 30 male acts (including the likes of Toro Y Moi, Kiasmos, John Talabot and Julio Bashmore) and only one female act in American musician ABRA, who later cancelled her trip to Australia due to a scheduling clash.
Since ABRA’s cancellation, the Days Like This roster has caught the eye of punters once again, but this time for all the wrong reasons…
In response to the criticism, Days Like This Festival organisers tell Music Feeds that they “appreciate the honest and open feedback regarding an issue which is a serious industry concern”.
“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 say.
“Pending artists availability we always endeavour to book a well rounded and diverse lineup; equality on all aspects is always at the forefront our what we do.
“The initial idea with Days Like This was always to have some of the Pitch [Music Festival] female acts added to the Days Like This Festival lineup, but due to logistical and/or scheduling conflicts this wasn’t possible; however, it should be mentioned that we will be announcing those female acts as the headline artists for other events very soon.
“As promoters we book tens of shows per year and to pinpoint one show out of our full calendar is not a fair representation of our booking direction. Our goal is always to provide women with the same equal platform as men throughout the entire year.
“We do understand that we have the influence to make a difference to aspiring female producers and DJs with inspiring female DJ bookings, and in that spirit, we can assure everyone that we have already begun work on securing more females for next year’s lineup.”
Days Like This Festival 2017 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 11th March at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse. View the all-male lineup, below.
Days Like This 2017 Lineup
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Fatima Yamaha (Live)
Gold Panda (Live)
Henrik Schwarz (Live)
Nathan Fake (Live)
Octave One (Live)
Toro Y Moi (Live)
Days Like This Festival 2017
Saturday, 11th March 2017
Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Tickets: Ticket Squad