As the festival’s organisers work towards a 50/50 gender balance in the line-up, here are the female performers to catch this weekend.
Whether you were lucky enough to secure tickets to Electric Picnic or plan to watch the event via everyone you follow Insta's stories, this year’s line-up is set to show-off a whole variety of incredible performances by women.
Back in June, Glastonbury Festival co-organiser, Emily Eavis spoke out about her efforts to achieve gender balance in the line-up, after a 2017 study by the BBC revealed that 80% of headliners that year were male. She also admitted men in the music industry ‘refuse’ to deal with her as she strives to bring gender equality to the festival.
And although Electric Picnic was not one of the 45 events which signed a pledge in 2018 to achieve a 50/50 gender balance in its line-up by 2020, Melvin Benn, The Festival Republic Director has also spoken in the past about the efforts to improve gender equality on festival line-ups. Acknowledging that he's faced criticisms in the past for male-heavy line-ups, as with most festival organisers, Benn stated that while he would never "tokenistically" put anyone higher on the line-up than they deserve, he wants to encourage aspiring female musicians. In particular, he highlighted his new three-year project, 'ReBalance', which aims to give studio time to young, up and coming female musicians.
While we're yet to see that 50/50 balance, this year's festival is making progress anyway.
So without further ado, here are all the female artists performing at Electric Picnic 2019 you need to watch this weekend.
Florence + The Machine
Performing at Oxygen in 2009, this year marks the tenth anniversary of Florence Welch's first Irish festival debut. A decade later and her shows have been renowned as a spiritual experience not to be missed. Catch her on the main stage as she closes the festival on Sunday at 10:30 pm.
Billie Eilish was added to the Electric Picnic line-up earlier this year in response to her growing popularity. The 17 year-old is known for singles such as “bad guy” and “bury a friend”. Catch heron the main stage on Friday at 7:30 pm
Christine and the Queens
French singer Christine and the Queens released the second album Chris in September 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. We’re sure her Glastonbury set will be just as impressive. Catch her on the main stage on Saturday at 7:45 pm
Jess Glynne's debut studio album, I Cry When I Laugh, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart in 2015. For her work on Clean Bandit’s song, ‘Rather Be,’ Glynne won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was nominated for Song of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards. Catch her on the main stage on Sunday at 5:30 pm.
She's one of Ireland's most iconic talents. Revered for her innovative fashion sense, otherworldly live performances, and incredible music. Now, Róisín Murphy gets set to perform at Electric Picnic. Catch her on the Electric Arena on Sunday at 7:30 pm.
A singer, songwriter, video director, documentary maker, radio host and record label boss - there’s nothing the British 26-year-old can’t turn her hand to. Charlotte Aitchison, aka Charli XCX, has become one of the hottest creators of her generation and is the multi-award-winning talent behind the multi-platinum and global No.1’s “ Fancy ” and “ I Love It ” and UK Top 10 “ Boom Clap ”. Catch her on the Electric Arena on Saturday at 7pm.
Not only are you going to want to remember this name but you're going to want to put her on the top of your 'acts not to miss' list. Erica Cody burst onto the Irish music scene last year like a breath of fresh air with Good Intentions. Set to redefine the musical conversation in 2019, Erica uses her voice to speak up for people who haven’t found theirs yet. She has shared the stage with the likes of Mahalia, Ellie Ingram, En Vogue and Jessie J and recently unveiled her highly anticipated debut EP Leoness, and trust us, you’ll want to listen. Catch her on the Heineken Live Your Music Stage on Saturday at 5 pm.
Amelie Lens has, in a little more than a year, soared from relative anonymity to one of today's most in-demand DJ/Producers in the world.
As the frontwoman and guitarist for Alabama Shakes, Howard has become one of music’s most celebrated figures—the band has won four Grammys and she has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney at his invitation. Now in the midst of her solo debut, she takes on Electric Picnic. Catch her at the Rankin's Wood stage on Satuday at 9:15 pm.
While IT GALZ Live is like no other live podcast, you can always bank on high energy and lots of laughs from hosts Jenny Claffey and Lindsay Hamilton. Not for the faint-hearted! Catch them at Mindfield on Sunday at 3:45 pm.
One of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, Barnett is a singer-songwriter who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment. With countless awards in her home of Australia as well as Grammy and BRIT nominations, fawning press and an adoring audience, Barnett’s rise to global fame comes as no surprise. Catch her at the Cosby Tent on Sunday at 11 pm.
SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music in the Los Angeles area, in almost every way you can, for the last decade. From playing the French horn in orchestras and studios and playing keys, bass, and guitar in local rock bands to contributing vocals/string/horn arrangements to studio albums and producing on tracks for other respected artists (Soko), she has gained a reputation as an all-around musical badass, a must-see this weekend. Catch her at the Cosby Tent on Sunday at 7 pm.
2FM radio presenter (and sustainable fashion queen) Tara Stewart is making waves on the Irish music scene. When she’s not gracing the national airwaves, Tara can be found DJ-ing at high profile gigs around the country. Catch her at Casa Bacardí on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Breaking onto the scene last year with her song 'Lost Without You', Freya Riding now has over 100 million streams. Making chart history, the song hit Number 9 in the Official Chart making her the first female artist to the Top 10 with a song 100% written by themselves since 2012 when Kate Bush re-charted ‘Running Up That Hill’. Catch her at the Electric Arena on Saturday at 5:45 pm.
Mo Kelly is a Dublin based artist and DJ, she is a well-known face behind the decks in the capital, across the country and internationally, with gigs from Full Moon parties in Thailand, music festivals in India, all-nighters in Spain's Balearic Islands, residencies in Dubai to clubs across London and even combining art and DJing in France for ArtMosh. Catch her at Global Green on Friday at 2:15 am.
The Danish singer and songwriter smashed her last Electric Picnic performance in 2018, so we can’t wait to see what she brings to the stage this time. Catch her at Rankin's Wood on Sunday at 8:15 pm.
Shura emerged in 2014 as a pop star with a contradiction at her core. “Touch,” her lo-fi disco debut single, was a sort of “Dancing On My Own” for a new generation. Channelling the feathery soul of Janet Jackson and early Madonna, this is one act not to be missed. Catch her at Three Made By Music on Friday at 10:30 pm.
Dublin artist Aimée’s infectious blast of 90s-inspired pop “Don't Bother” landed earlier this year – delivering a top 40 airplay hit in Ireland, and playlisted at 45+ UK radio stations. She's now taking the stage at Electric Picnic with new music. Catch her at Electric Arena on Saturday at 2:15 pm.
As NTS’s longest-running DJ, Moxie is a staple of the UK. With a touring schedule ever-growing at a rapid pace, Moxie continues to take her unique culmination of expertise to clubs and spaces around the globe – seamlessly fusing anything from classic Chicago house to obscure leftfield breaks, or glittering disco with energetic percussive rollers, entertaining and educating club and festival goers wherever the journey takes her. Catch her at Anachronica on Sunday at 2:30 am.
With her widely-acclaimed debut tracks - 'Vice City', '24K' - Biig Piig has already won plaudits ranging from i-D, NME and Loud & Quiet to Fader ("the sweetest voice in South London" - UK Artists to Watch for 2018). Catch her at Cosby Tent on Saturday.
An all-female collective comprised of Lauren, Jessica Eve & Micu was formed two years ago when they decided to take their passion for electronic music one step further. Holding a monthly residency in Pygmalion and frequenting the top Irish festivals and venues as well as travelling to play in the legendary Katerblau, Berlin, the girls have made a name for themselves on the electronic music scene, making waves with their energy and presence throughout their DJ sets. Catch them at Terminus on Sunday at 6:30 pm.
Following the release of her recent track “Mellow” featuring Shygirl comes “Started Out”, the brand new single from Georgia, her second single of 2018. “Started Out” is an upbeat and euphoric track infused with hedonism and influences from the Chicago house scene of the 80s. Check her out at Three Made By Music on Sunday at 7:15 pm.
Pillow Queens formed in 2016 with the immediate release of their demo EP Calm Girls, which sparked a successful string of UK & Irish dates & festival appearances. Their second EP State of the State, and follow-up single Gay Girls garnered them attention on the likes of BBC6 and Radio X leading to a UK & European tour supporting SOAK in Spring of this year. Check them out at Salty Dog on Saturday.
IDER have bursted onto the music scene with a string of stunningly original left-field pop and indie singles since first appearing with the sky-scraping, emotive ‘Sorry’ back in 2016. The pair have gone from strength to strength ever since; selling out all headline shows in their native London and up and down the U.K. whilst constantly adding to their growing fanbase across the world with performances across Europe and the United States, and even as far afield as the Philippines. To date, the duo has accumulated over 30,000,000 worldwide streams, including 9,000,000 on 2018 viral hit ‘You've Got Your Whole Life Ahead of You Baby’ alone. Catch them at Three Made By Music on Sunday at 9:45 pm.
A perfect blend of dark electronic pop, LYRA’s creativity manifests itself in songs, stories and art. Her love of vocal talents such as Kate Bush, Lykke Li and Bat for Lashes is obvious: part vintage, part contemporary, she exudes a sense of being free from the constraints of time and era. Catch her at the Electric Arena on Saturday at 3:15 pm.
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