The organisers of new Aussie travelling hip-hop festival Jumanji have responded to the social media backlash over the event’s all-male debut lineup.
The fest, which is due to hit Melbourne and Sydney in March, features a mix of local and international artists including the likes of Lil Wayne, Tyga and Brisbane-raised artist Midas.Gold, the latter of whom took to Facebook to criticise the sausage-fest of a bill for himself, stating that “Silence is compliance”.
Now, in a statement to Music Feeds, the festival’s organisers, Noque Touring, have acknowledged and apologised for the lack of female representation on their inaugural roster.
Their full statement reads:
“The organisers of the Jumanji Festival would firstly like to acknowledge and apologise for the lack of female artists on the festival this year. It was always our intention to provide the best possible line-up of entertainment across both genders and every effort was made to secure both male and female acts for this festival. Several high profile international female artists were approached and were either unavailable or not within our budget. We opted to secure the best possible artists irrespective of gender that appeal to the Australian hip hop audience and we are committed to delivering an amazing experience for our patrons. We have acknowledged the feedback online and will ensure there is a stronger female presence on our festival in 2019.”
Midas.Gold has also added that he “does not want to spear head a movement against the festival”.
“Absolutely not,” he tells Music Feeds. “This festival is monumental for the culture here in Australia, however I would love them to recognise and work towards a more inclusive and representative event.”
The 2018 event will hit Melbourne on Friday, 9th March and Sydney on Saturday, 10th March.
You can peep the full lineup and festival dates, below.
Jumanji Festival 2018 Lineup
Jumanji Festival 2018
Friday, 9th March
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Saturday, 10th March
Parramatta Park, Sydney