Why Are Older Women Not Festival Performers?

Just one female act over 50 has been selected to headline any of the UK’s 20 most popular music festivals this summer – once again highlighting the exclusion of older women in arts and entertainment.

Artists headlining a music festival this summer are more likely to be called Richard than be a woman over the age of 50, analysis by Centre for Ageing Better has revealled. While Grace Jones (Camp Bestival) is the only female over 50 headlining any of the biggest UK music festivals this summer, solo acts or bands fronted by men aged 50 or above make up around a third of festival headliners included in the analysis – highlighting the twin forces of ageism and sexism.

The exclusion of older women from stage line-ups is out of touch with the changing demographic of customers attending music festivals.

Read the full analysis from Centre for Ageing Better here

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