Although an overwhelmingly large audience of individuals who identify as women attend music festivals every year, it is safe to say that modern music festivals aren’t necessarily welcoming to women. Almost every festival in recent years has entailed a lack of female artists, excessive catcalling, and an overwhelming number of sexual assaults. In an attempt to fix this problem, one of the UK’s largest music festivals has taken it upon itself to create a women-only venue. This year, at Glastonbury’s 2016 festival, The Sisterhood will make it’s first-ever appearance.
The Sisterhood’s organizers explained in a statement that, “The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women-only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men. Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts.” This specific venue within Glastonbury festival will feature live music (by women), DJ’s (women), and various workshops (led by women) on topics of intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion. (Guardian) To even further stress the womanliness of The Sisterhood, even the security staff and leaders of a DIY power tools workshop will also be led by women.
Organizers additionally stated, “The Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalized people, while showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the U.K. and beyond.” We now patiently await June 22-26 of this summer to hear feedback on this women-powered venue.
Music, Guardian. “Glastonbury 2016 to Introduce Women-only Venue.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 06 June 2016. Web. 14 June 2016.