Ellie Goulding calls out lack of female performers at music fests

Ellie Goulding is sick of being the only woman on stage at music festivals.

The “Love Me Like You Do” singer called out the lack of female representation in a string of tweets Saturday.

“Still so proud as a female artist to be headling and playing festivals around the world every single year. Thank you for continually believing in me. It always feels like a triumph to win so many people over who were waiting for a band,” the 30-year-old British musican wrote.

“Need to give myself credit sometimes as I’ve been doing this non stop for over seven years. I don’t see many females at these festivals.”

While it’s unclear what prompted Goulding’s tweets, they come just a week after the male-dominated Glastonbury Festival, despite headliner Lady Gaga. She played the show last year.

Goulding made similar complaints in 2015 about the lack of female performers.

“I got annoyed when Glastonbury had so many men on the line-up,” she told Cosmopolitan at the time.

According to a 2016 study by the Huffington Post, last year’s Coachella festival featured 168 male artists and just 60 women.

Ultra had 20 female artists compared to 198 male acts in 2016, while Lollapalooza featured 124 male groups and 47 with women.

“We’re very aware of the gender imbalance,” Chris Sampson, Executive Vice President of Programming at the company behind Bonnaroo, told the Huffington Post at the time.

“We try to book the best festival that we can every year. We want the best artists out there, at every level, male or female.”

This year was slightly better in terms of diversity. Lady Gaga headlined Coachella, replacing Beyoncé, while Katy Perry, Solange and Lorde were among the main performers at Glastonbury.

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