The line-up for Wireless 2018 has sparked a conversation on Twitter with only three women confirmed for the festival.
Acts like J Cole, Stormzy and DJ Khaled will perform at the Finsbury Park, London music event between 6th-8th July. However, many are surprised that Cardi B, Mabel and Lisa Mercedez are the only female performers listed.
Reacting to the lack of women, one Twitter user commented: “I make that less than 10% women on the wireless lineup so far.”
Another chimed in: “Wireless couldn’t even get more than 2 women in their second-tier. Even if you’re announcing more acts at a later date, why not stagger them so it’s more evenly split for the first drop?”
— Wireless Festival (@WirelessFest) January 22, 2018
A third commentator said: “Cardi B..Mabel…Lisa Mercedez ( don’t know who that is btw). Only 3 women are at wireless this year thats disgraceful.”
The number of female performers for Wireless so far is even less than the 2017 line-up, which was announced with just five women. The lack of female artists being booked to play UK music festivals has long been an issue in the industry. In 2016, Adele became the second female solo artist to headline Glastonbury in 25 years.
Despite the lack of women, the Wireless 2018 line-up has excited many with one enthusiastic fan tweeting: “wireless sat & sunday looking amazing. might just break my wireless virginity this year.”
Well done Wireless for booking a grand total 3 women!
— El Tel (@TerryJuarez_) January 22, 2018
This is the best line up wireless has had since 2013/2014 but yeah where are the women
— ✨ (@kayahhazell) January 22, 2018
Wireless have released their lineup for this year & there are only 3 women on the lineup (out of 42). Thoughts?
— W1NDOWSEAT (@w1ndowseat) January 22, 2018
‘DJ Khaled and friends’ you know. Bruv, have you seen the people he knows? He’s coming to do an absolute madness at Wireless and I’m very much here for it.
— Mr Smooth EMT 🇬🇭 (@MrSmoothEMT) January 22, 2018
Another joked: “Wireless line up must be fake LOOOL its way to good this year.”
One other added: “I might have to touch Wireless for the first time this year bmt cause that Line Up looking is tantalising.”
Music fans are also speculating who will join DJ Khaled on-stage as he is listed on the line-up as “and friends”.
However, some potential festival-goers are disappointed with the £12 booking fee as tickets already range from £55 to £103 for day and weekend packages.
For tickets and more information, visit the Wireless website.