The AP Poll
SHOULD FESTIVALS BOOK MORE FEMALE MUSICIANS?
Warped Tour: punk-rock summer camp and the epitome of fun-in-the-sun for a good portion of our scene. With a diverse genre selection, an extensive routing and reasonable ticket prices, it really does sound like "the best day ever," doesn't it? Sure, but the festival is one of many that recently came under fire for the lack of a large female presence in its lineup. At Warped this year, approximately 12 percent of groups announced contain female members. The trend is widespread: Skate And Surf's 2015 lineup is virtually void of groups containing female members, while both the Bled Fest and Slam Dunk lineups also lack much female representation. Some argue booking should have nothing to do with gender. Others call for organizers to make their rosters more diverse and representative of the entire population.
Should festivals be making more of an effort to book bands containing female members?