The 1975 frontman will only perform at gender-balanced festivals

The 1975 frontman Matt Healy says the group will only perform at festivals with gender-balanced lineups because ‘this is how male artists can be true allies’

  • The musician, 30, made the promise following Reading and Leeds festival uproar
  • A journalist challenged the Somebody Else singer to play equal-gender festivals
  • Matt Healy accepted the challenge adding that ‘people need to act and not chat’

Matt Healy, the frontman of British band The 1975, has vowed the group will only perform at festivals with a gender-balanced lineup.

The musician, 30, made the promise to be a ‘true ally’ following uproar over this year’s Reading and Leeds festival after the majority of artists booked were male. 

In a discussion about the lack of female musicians at festivals on Twitter, a journalist challenged the Somebody Else singer to only play at festivals with equal gender. 

Guardian music writer Laura Snapes wrote: ‘Add a condition to your rider that says you’ll only play festivals that commit to X% (ideally 50%!) acts that include women and non binary performers’.

Matt Healy (pictured), the frontman of British band The 1975, has vowed the group will only perform at festivals with a gender-balanced lineup

Matt accepted the challenge, adding that ‘people need to act and not chat’.

She wrote: ‘Take this as me signing this contract – I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who already have tickets. 

‘But from now I will and believe this is how male artist can be true allies’.

He later added that his ‘agent would be having kittens’ at his new pledge, but insisted that ‘time’s up’.

The frontman, whose band headlined Reading and Leeds in 2019, says that he can already ‘feel the change’.

The frontman, whose band headlined Reading and Leeds in 2019 (pictured), says that he can already ‘feel the change’

He wrote: ‘Point is that Reading and Leeds with more women would be honestly the best festival in the world that place is vibeyyy. 

‘Let’s not judge people and give the benefit of the doubt that people are going to start to listening. I can feel the change!!’.

Matt has been a vocal advocate for equality, and defied Dubai’s anti-LGBT laws by kissing a man during their first gig in the strict country.

In a discussion about the lack of female musicians at the festivals on Twitter, a journalist challenged the Somebody Else singer to only play at festivals with equal gender

Stormzy, Rage Against The Machine and Liam Gallagher will top the bill at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival.

But the lack of female artists and bands has sparked anger, with a doctored photo of the lineup with all the male acts erased – leaving just 20 remaining – being circulated on twitter.

DJ Annie Mac slammed the lineup, saying she was ‘disheartened’ at the ‘blatant lack of respect of women’.

‘For all the 16 year old girls going to their first festival at Reading and Leeds 2020. Just know that you DO belong on those stages,’ she tweeted.  

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