What's this all for...?
We love music! We go to festivals! And then we noticed something... everywhere we went there just seemed to be a lot fewer female acts than male acts.
We rubbed our eyes... it is 2016, were we crazy? then we did some counting... what the hell?
Of COURSE there are bands with women in them, and female singers everywhere...OBVIOUSLY women are playing at festivals, but the numbers didn't lie.
So then we got listening to what musicians were saying - both men and women... that there is STILL a glass ceiling in music... that girl musicians get passed over for guys regardless of how good they were...!
We were annoyed - we go to a festival for a good time, not to think of stuff like this;
2015 - the major festivals displayed a massive gender imbalance. Of the 87 acts that were announced, 78 were all male, 3 were female and 6 were mixed groups. That, was an 89.6% all male line up!*
* The Guardian Newspaper Music Section by Alexandra Pollard, Feb 2015
So we came up with a solution... Pandorafest!
No, it is NOT a women only event - guys are welcome in the bands - but it IS an event that simply makes SURE that enough women are onstage. How easy was that to do?
Well, she was a girl who did what she wasn't supposed to do, she broke the rules, opened a box and let a lot of trouble into the world. Trouble can be a good thing when it shakes things up!
Also Björk said this in an interview with Pitchfork.com 2015;
"I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You're not just imagining things. It's tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times. Girls now are also faced with different problems. ... But it's an ongoing battle. I hope it doesn't come across as too defensive, but it is the truth.... maybe this is a good time to open that Pandora's box a little bit and air it out."
Pandora's Festival © 2015