While heated subjects such as gender, feminism, and sexism continue to permeate pop culture — artists from Björk to Bethany Cosentino have recently chimed in — festival lineups are not immune to scrutiny. As we pointed out last month, Austin City Limits, for example, had only one female-fronted act within the first 20 artists listed on its lineup. Sigh.
Glastonbury is hoping to curb such inequality, though, with its latest offering: a women-only venue. The first of its kind, this space is sure to set the festival further apart from the pack (as if its impressive lineup didn’t do that already).
The “revolutionary clubhouse” is being called The Sisterhood, and will offer an “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space” that will welcome all festivalgoers who identify as female. The space will also solely feature performers and staff members, such as security guards and others, who identify as women.
“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,” organizers told NME. “Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts.”
The Sisterhood will be tucked away within the Shangri La zone of the festival. In addition to a variety of live music, guests will have the option to attend workshops on topics such as intersectionality, diversity and inclusion, in addition to a DIY power tools workshop with carpenter Rhi Jean. A forum for black women, The Love, will also be available on Sunday of the festival. And… in case that wasn’t enough, daily dance classes and a handful of VIP guests have been promised, too.
All considered, this version of sisterhood sure sounds better than sharing a pair of jeans four ways.