So what’s this Something Else Sistafest all about, and why have I been pushing it a whole year in advance?
It’s just another SE – same solar powered shenanigans, same crew, same live music, no DJs, no healing, family friendly, dog friendly, no bullshit, grassroots formula, but all of the acts playing across the 3 stages over the 3 days will be female or female led.
Why? Because despite the grassroots being about equality, music wise it’s seriously imbalanced.
I’ve spoken to promoters who tell me the talent just isn’t out there, or the ladies aren’t putting themselves out there, along with a variety of other excuses as to why their line-ups are male dominated.
Well, me darlins, I know a HUGE array of talented ladies on the grassroots, I’ve also spoken with lots of them about how they’ve faced blatant sexism when applying for gigs. The sheer lack of balance in most line-ups also affects the confidence of hugely talented young women. It has to change.
It’s a year ahead because it’s replacing SESE and we’ve moved the dates forward.
I’ve been planning it a year ahead, along with the line-up, because I live in hope that, not only will other promoters and organisers take note of these bloody amazing acts and all the others out there, but will also put more thought into the balance of their own future line-ups.
Is this a festival just for ladies then? Don’t be daft. ALL genders and those that don’t identify are as welcome as ever.
Hope this answers all the questions that have been fired at me. Early bird tickets are up for £40. Your support to get this message out is not only appreciated, but vital.