Outspoken feminist band Camp Cope continued their ambush on Falls Festival over the weekend while playing the Fremantle leg of the touring festival.
Not satisfied with the diversity of the Falls Festival line-up, of which less than 40 percent of the bill consisted of women-fronted/majority acts, vocalist Georgia Maq called on Falls organisers to take action on the issue.
“It’s not about filling a quota, it’s not about all that fucking rubbish…” Maq said.
“It’s about the type of world we want to see in music, we want an equal, diverse and inclusive music community, because that’s what it is.”
“It’s not represented properly on festival line-ups or in big shows. It’s bullshit and we’ve had enough of it.“
The passionate display from the Melbourne trio comes off the back of Falls’ “bullshit response” to the band previously questioning the festival; at the Byron Bay stop the previous week.
Playing their new song ‘The Opener’, which is inspired by inequality and discrimination against women in the music industry, the group altered the lyrics to call out Falls.
“It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up a tent / it’s another fucking festival booking only nine women,” Maq sang to mass approval from the packed-out crowd.
Falls co-producer Jessica Ducrou responded to Camp Cope‘s comments in a statement which asked bands to take control themselves.
“We book the best bands available at the time of booking taking gender balance into consideration, which can be challenging,” the statement reads.
“Whilst we have a very conscious and strong agenda to book female talent, it isn’t always available to us at that headline level. We have a long term strategy, which is present on this year’s Falls line up, of giving opportunities to new and middle range female Australian artists, to nurture and grow the future pool of female headline options.”
“We support the core message of gender balance and have been working towards a more balanced line up at Falls. We have seen other bands who are passionate about this topic go out and started their own events where they have total control of the line-up, with great success and we applauded their initiative. Taking control yourself, is a great way to effect change.”
You heard it, simply create your own festival. BAM! Equality issues solved.
Too easy, right?