The long anticipated Splendour In The Grass 2020 lineup has finally dropped, and its headlined by the likes of Flume, The Strokes and Tyler The Creator. But, in the face of more criticism of gender disparity on the bill, co-founder and producer of the event Jessica Ducrou has given a statement to Sydney Morning Herald – saying it can be issue of supply and demand.
“I say this as a woman working in the music industry, who supports women and would call myself a feminist,” Ducrou told SMH.
“I’m 100 per cent committed to supporting women in any way I can, but I do think there’s a difference between filling a quota to placate the critics and booking what’s right for the festival.”
According to Instagram account @lineupswithoutmales, 44% of the acts on this year’s lineup feature at least one non-male member which is certainly a huge step in a positive direction. However, there’s some criticism online for the fact that there are no non-male headliners, for the second year in a row.
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“[Gender balance] is certainly something we consider when we’re booking, but I think a majority of performers who are women would appreciate that they’re chosen because they’re great, not because they’re women,” Ducrou continued.
“Part of the challenge has always been that we can only book what’s actively out there on the market and popular and selling tickets if we want to survive,” she said later.
“I’m pleased to see that, even from three or four years ago, there’s just a lot more to choose from in terms of female-fronted acts, women in bands, and as DJs and performers than there’s ever been. That’s made it easier for me to do my job.”
Gender disparity on lineups has been a big topic of discussion in Australia among recent years. On an international level, The 1975 frontman Matt Healy recently said that the band would not play festivals that didn’t have a gender-balanced lineup.
Splendour In The Grass is taking place from Friday, 24th – Sunday, 26th July at North Byron Parklands in Yelgun. Check the full lineup and ticketing details below.
Splendour In The Grass 2020 Lineup
FLUME (ONLY AUS SHOW)
TYLER, THE CREATOR (ONLY AUS SHOW)
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
MIDNIGHT OIL (The Makarrata Project)
DUKE DUMONT LIVE
THE JUNGLE GIANTS
SAMPA THE GREAT
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE
SHANNON & THE CLAMS
ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
BABE RAINBOW PERFORM THE VELVET UNDERGOUND’S ‘LOADED’
BRAME & HAMO
THE BIG MOON
DRO CAREY & DJ SCORPION
THE SOUL MOVERS
THE LAZY EYES
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS
PLUS MIX-UP DJ’S
SHANTAN WANTAN ICHIBAN
Splendour In The Grass 2020
Tickets on sale 9am AEST Thursday, 27th February
Friday, 24th – Sunday, 26th July
North Byron Parklands, Yelgun
Tickets: Official Website