Florence Welch on ‘visible lack’ of female headliners


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Florence Welch thinks there is a ” visible lack” of female performers headlining festivals.

The Florence + The Machine frontwoman is optimistic that change is coming as Adele is closing the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury – which her band headlined last year after being drafted in to replace Foo Fighters – would do well to have other ladies topping the bill.

Asked about the lack of representation of women on festival line-ups ,she told TimeOut magazine: “You just have to hope it gets better.

“Especially now it’s more visible that there is a lack.

Adele is going to do it this year and you just hope that things keep changing. There are so many powerful, beautiful, strong female performers.”

The ‘You’ve Got The Love’ hitmaker would love to see PJ Harvey headline Glastonbury.

Asked who she’d like to see head up the music extravaganza held on Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England, the 29-year-old singer said: “PJ Harvey. Her recent song ‘The Wheel’ completely blew me away. You know when someone releases something and you get super-obsessive? I love Björk as well.

And I love Beyoncé. I really want to go to her show.”

The flame-haired beauty was lucky enough to get to meet the ‘Hold Up’ singer at this year’s Met Ball Gala, but was going to write her a fan letter about how the record “moved” her and that she loves how much she swears in it.

Asked what she would have said in the letter, she said: “Just how much the record moved me, and how much I loved it. We’ve been listening to ‘Lemonade’ before every show. It’s the record I dance around to before I go on stage, especially ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’. ( See Lemonade Review )

I love how much she swears in it as well: It’s so good. She’s such a woman.

“That’s been getting me motivated for the shows: swearing and jumping around.”

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See this years Glastonbury Pyramid stage line-up

FRIDAY
MUSE 22:15 – 23:45
FOALS 20:00 – 21:15
ZZ TOP 18:15 – 19:15
JESS GLYNNE 16:30 – 17:30
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB 15:00 – 16:00
SKEPTA 13:45 – 14:30
ROKIA TRAORÉ 12:15 – 13:00
THE ORCHESTRA OF SYRIAN MUSICIANS + DAMON ALBARN & GUESTS 11 – 11.45

SATURDAY
ADELE 22:15 – 23:45
TAME IMPALA 20:00 – 21:15
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS 18:15 – 19:15
MADNESS 16:30 – 17:30
WOLF ALICE 15:00 – 16:00
BAABA MAAL 13:40 – 14:30
SQUEEZE 12:25 – 13:15
LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH NHS CHOIR 11:30 – 12:00

SUNDAY
COLDPLAY 21:30 – 23:15
BECK 19:15 – 20:30
ELLIE GOULDING 17:45 – 18:45
JEFF LYNNE‘S ELO 16:00 – 17:15
LAURA MVULA 14:30 – 15:15
GREGORY PORTER 13:00 – 14:00
CARAVAN PALACE 12:00 – 12:40
BURNHAM AND HIGHBRIDGE BAND 11:00 – 11:30

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