133 thoughts on “Festival Of Lads

        1. Ciarán

          Oh lord help me.

          Tell me, are you the kind of person who, after consulting a map, is then subsequently disappointed to find that the actual destination is not three centimetres away as the map had seemed to you to promise?

          1. Nigel

            Did it require refutation? You didn’t say anything controversial. Male musicians don’t make up 50% of the population, either.

        2. Ciarán

          Female musicians don’t make up 50% of the population and male musicians don’t make up 50% of the population.

          What’s your point outside of that?

    1. Marjory O'Petticoats

      Yes I like ‘Katie’ and ‘Anne’ am a genuine lady commenter and I wish to say that women need to cop on and that we’re all tired of the gays and whatnot.

      I say that as a brave outspoken lady.

          1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

            Shurrup to fupp. The 90s were brilliant.
            Now I’m all nostalgic. I’m off to listen to some Whale song. And by that I mean Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe.

          2. Don Pidgeoni

            Yes it should cause its awesome. And even if you don’t like it, there are a whole bunch of 90s bands, with ladies in and everything (!), who have got back together over the last while that would surely be rock festival material.

          3. Bertie Blenkinsop

            If we’re doing Hot Tub Time Machine take me back to the summer of ’88 please and thank you.

          4. pedeyw

            Interesting, I would have thought someone called Mani would be a 90s music fan. Also, L7 and Babes in Toyland have reformed, which I’m quite excited about.

        1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

          I had knee-high white socks with pictures of the Bay City Rollers on the side of em in the 70s.

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          Tbf, its about time someone gave white middle class blokes a break. I mean, its really tough for them out there!

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            Its ok Mikey, we all got a bit carried away when they first turned up.

            Mani, would you like to make another comment or are you done?

          2. Mikeyfex

            I appear to have given you the impression that I’m going to this festival, and it seems you think I may be going because of the gender profile of the bands playing. By asking a question at the start there.

            And your accusation towards Mani there I found so rich that it was hard to read so soon after lunch.

          3. Mani

            I’d like you to actually articulate your point rather than make ad hominem attacks in defence of the Great Galactic Vagina.

          4. Don Pidgeoni

            Mikey – it was a joke.

            Mani – you respond to my initial point like a grown up and I will respond in kind.

  1. Del McG

    Damn you, Leeds & Reading festivals, for booking popular acts that sell records and that the audience actually wants to see. Damn you to Hell!!
    (Because it’s certainly not the fault of the record buying/downloading/otherwise “acquiring” public…)

    1. Paolo

      Don’t be ridiculous! Someone somewhere wants a clean 50:50 gender split for bands therefore Reading and Leeds festival Ltd. should do it.

  2. Mani

    I believe that a quota system needs to be implemented here to ensure fairness and equality. If you could just locate all the women who feel they need to learn an instrument as a means of getting the ride……..

      1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

        Or the cello. Though that’s more to get you prepped: the flute is more of a sexual utensil.

      1. Mani

        No, I clearly am saying that most men do, which is why most bands are made up of men as we will employ any skill to this end.. However, do not let me get in the way of your seeking offence.

  3. Partial

    I don’t get it, you’re saying that the most important thing a band should consider when forming is NOT the members musical ability? Are you actually saying that gender is more important than musical ability?


    1. scottser

      I woulf imagine that most of the female performers will be glad to see a clean and relatively unused jacks on the 3rd day.
      The blokes’ tho..

  4. Bingo

    Reading/Leeds has traditionally been a rock festival. Most rock bands are all-male. Not saying it’s right or wrong, it just is….

      1. Caroline

        It would be entertaining if Richard Dean Anderson had a complete mid-life meltdown about it, like Dirk Benedict did when they recast Starbuck.

          1. Del McG

            He’ll probably do it himself, with a Swiss army knife, some Sellotape and the plastic bit of a Bic biro

          2. Don Pidgeoni

            Not sure he’ll make it past the casting couch with Sellotape boobs. Wait, what am I thinking, its MacGyver! Of course he will!

            *Dun-dun-dun-dun-dunnnn dun dun dun..*

  5. chompleton

    Female acts tend to be of a poorer quality in general. Even acts with a single female member suffer as a result of their mediocre input and bad attitudes.

  6. Mulch

    Its a business first and a festival second. The acts were picked so they are broadly from the same genre and they will draw the biggest crowds, whilst paying the groups the least amount of money required to maximize profit.

  7. Eoghany

    Gender quotas in rock bands. This is so stupid. Why are we even taking about this. If some (any) women are unhappy about this, they should learn instruments and form rock bands. Trying to make women the victim at every possible opportunity. Middle class white guy to blame again. It’s bizarre.

    1. Starina

      women do join rock bands but are generally dismissed as automatically lacking in talent or relevance, as seen in the comments here, for no good reason. and if they are good it’s often assumed that she has a man writing songs for her, or a man recording her parts of the tracks, or a man generally informing her talent.

      1. Mani

        On health grounds I am against women in rock groups as the damage to the men in that band due to pent up farts can be….explosive.

        1. Starina

          I’ve often wondered how men survive rehearsals in those tiny, windowless practice rooms. Esp the mouldy, scaldy practice spaces, like in Loop studios. Combined with farts it’s pretty much a fire hazard.

      2. Mulch

        One dopey comment from chompelton the troll does not define the whole comment section.
        All of those assumptions you have made are made entirely by you.

  8. jonotti

    I’m going to a festival which has 90% male acts in a couple of weeks. If they enforced a 50% balance rule it would be a far shitter festival.

      1. Mani

        Interviewer: so, Declan, a hooley in the sun…is a lovely metaphor for an Irish summer festival?
        Declan: it’s not a metaphor. The festival takes place in the sun
        Interviewer: eh, what?
        Declan: I’ve modified a minibus to make it solar proof. I’ve bought a rake of factor 25.
        Interviewer: do you…?
        Declan: have a substance abuse problem? A significant one yes.

          1. Mani

            ‘I met a massie ferguson backstage in 2012 and it changed my life. We were married in 2014. I’ve ben clean ever since’

          2. Mani

            Mechanic: I’ve done the full overhaul…and I have to tell you I found some pretty disgusting stuff back there.
            Tractor: I’ve been encouraging him to douche but he just refuses.
            Declan: can I come down off these blocks now?

  9. Rob_G

    Funny thing is though, about 50% of festival attendees are female. So the disparity doesn’t seem to bother them too much, or else there would be more festivals featuring more female artists.

    1. Starina

      given a choice between waiting for a festival to magically have all the acts we’d like to see, and having the craic with our friends at a festival that has an alright lineup, what do you think?

      1. Rob_G

        I think that if there was demand for lineups that were 50/50 in terms of gender, or with a majority of women, promoters would already be organising them.*

        Most people don’t care.

        *there is one big one that I know of – Ladyfest – but that’s it.

        1. Starina

          sure, but nobody is asking for 50/50 lineup. it’s just that it seems unnatural to have a festival lineup so lacking in female musicians when there’s tons of bands out there with female members.

          Also, our Broadsheet overlords love to throw this poo into the ring and watch the carnage.

          1. Rob_G

            People seem to like listening to men playing music than to women (or so the ticket sales would seem to suggest) – I’m not sure if there are any other conclusions to be drawn from it.

  10. pedeyw

    The amount of strawmanning going on from white dudes (of which I am) with there noses out of joint is hilarious.

    1. This Is Not Darragh, Honestly

      Not sure what anyone’s race/colour has to do with it? Unless you’re one of those odd people who seem to think only “white men” can be sexist. As opposed to Saudi Arabia and so on.

  11. Stephen

    Paramore headlined last year.
    Festival bookings are based on a few factors (act availability, and agent / manager relationships with the promoter are the reason for a high percentage of bookings) but the main reason is money. This is a ludicrous non-story. If you’ll sell tickets, a festival will want to book you. No matter what’s in your pants.

    1. pedeyw

      Well yeah, I don’t think the observation is aimed directly at that festival. I think it’s just making an observation about the music business in general: women make up half the population yet are very under represented in this particular area.

      1. Kieran NYC

        Lady Gaga

        I think women are doing just fine in the music industry.

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