Annie Mac and Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell air ‘Where Are the Women in Music?’ documentary

Hour-long discussion asks why 86% of festival line-ups are made up of male artists.

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Last night, BBC Radio 1 aired a documentary hosted by DJ Annie Mac and Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell, where they discussed: ‘Where Are the Women in Music?’ The discussion follows Women of the World Festival (WOW), which took place in London’s Southbank Centre on 8th-13th March. Currently, 86% of major festival line-ups are made up of male artists, with only 16% of artists registered to PRS (the music royalties organisation) being female. Speaking to Annie Mac, Rowsell says: “As a woman in the music industry, I’d hope we can be as successful as men… I went to a girls’ school and there wasn’t many girls who wanted to be in a band. You felt like you had to go it alone… What’s hard about the music industry is that when you start off, you don’t have that much power.” Asked if she’d ever felt compromised in her career, she said: “I have had an experience when someone told me I needed to decide what kind of woman I was going to be, in the music industry. Was I going to be a Patti Smith or a Florence + The Machine? You can’t pick. Because there’s less of us, I guess people make these comparisons more often and pit these female musicians against each other - but you are your own artist.” Mac also offered up her experiences, saying: “I’ve had many experiences in interviews, where people always ask me - because there’s so few women DJs - ‘what’s it like to be a woman and a DJ? How do you juggle your work-life balance? Can you DJ in heels?’” Listen to the hour-long documentary in full here.

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