​The 1975 Pledge to Only Play Festivals That Have Gender-Balanced Lineups

​The 1975 Pledge to Only Play Festivals That Have Gender-Balanced Lineups
Photo: Sharon Steele
The 1975 frontman Matty Healy has pledged to only play festivals that have as many female and non-binary performers as they do male performers.
 
He made the pledge to gender-balanced lineups after U.K. festivals Reading and Leeds were criticized for announcing male-centric rosters.
 
Responding to the Guardian's music editor Laura Snapes on Twitter, Healy committed to adding a condition to the band's rider that they would only perform at festivals where women and non-binary artists comprise 50 percent of the lineup.
 
Healy noted that the 1975 have already committed to festivals that might not meet the criteria for gender balance, but that going forward they would ensure to include conditions of equality — even if his "agents are having kittens right now."
 
Read the Twitter exchange and the 1975's public endorsement for gender parity at festivals below.