Dorset’s Camp Bestival named Britain’s best festival for gender inclusion

CAMP BESTIVAL has been dubbed one of the most inclusive music festivals in the UK.

Festivals are due to return this summer and organizers are releasing their headlines and line-ups. In recent years, organizers have considered having festivals split 50/50, and with more festivals signing up, that seems to be happening.

Protection analyzed the UK’s biggest festival lineups in previous years, as well as in 2021, to reveal the festival’s gender split.

While the 2020 festivals were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, overall line-ups were the best for gender distribution at festivals, with line-ups comprising nearly one quarter (22%) of female artists on average. 2021 has an average of 21% female artists represented in festival lineups, while 2019 lineups had an average of 20% female artists.

Grace Jones performs on stage at Bestival, Dorset, UK .Photo: Finnbarr Webster Photography.

Camp Bestival has improved its gender distribution the most over time, with a 10% increase from 2020 to 2021. This year’s lineup features nearly a third (32%) of female performers, while 2020 was 22 percent and 2019 was 25 percent.

Camp Bestival, due to be held from July 29 to August 1, sees Kelis, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Becky Hill among the female headliners at Lulworth Castle, along with Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada and the Sugarhill Gang.

Camp Bestival also has Cheryl Hole, the British drag queen famous for her role in the first series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. The festival ranks in the top three this year for female artists at 32% and second place for mixed groups of male and female lead actors at 7% and 4% ranked as others – those who are not gender-biased.

Parklife has the highest number of female artists performing in 2021, with 4 in 10 (44%) being women.

Sean Walsh, Marketing Director of Protectivity Insurance, said: “It has been a difficult 18 months for the events and music industry, and with the exciting return to normal life after the restrictions, it is vital to do again advance festivals and musical events.

“It’s important that the gender gap is bridged in all settings, whether at festivals or in the workplace – so it’s great to see that some of these festivals are striving to have a 50/50 split and to work towards a level playing field for all.”

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Jan G. Gilbert