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.
Take this as me signing this contract - I have agreed to some festivals already that may not adhere to this and I would never let fans down who already have tickets. But from now I will and believe this is how male artist can be true allies ❤️ https://t.co/1eaZG2hEze— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) February 12, 2020
Yeah fuck knows and I'm sure my agents are having kittens right now but times up man people need to act and not chat thanks for the kick up the arse snapes you're making a difference https://t.co/ykp2k4kiMx— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) February 12, 2020
Point is that Reading and Leeds with more women would be honestly the best festival in the world that place is vibeyyy. Let's not judge people and give the benefit of the doubt that people are going to start to listening ❤️❤️I can feel the change !!— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) February 12, 2020