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03rd Mar 2023

Glastonbury 2023 controversy continues as all-white, all-male headliners announced

Emily Eavis has blamed the music industry for a lack of viable female headliners

The first wave of artists for Glastonbury 2023 have been announced, including a trio of all-male, all-white headliners.

Elton John had already been confirmed as the Sunday night headliner in December last year, but now festival organiser Emily Eavis has revealed the other two headliners to close out the Friday and Saturday nights.

Arctic Monkeys will headline the first night, their third time closing the Pyramid Stage.

Legendary rock group Guns N’ Roses will make their first ever appearance at Worthy Farm by headlining the Saturday night.

The festival is likely to attract criticism though because of the lineup of all-white, all-male headliners for this year’s event.


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But Eavis has said festivals are struggling with a dearth of viable female headliners due to an industry “pipeline” problem, the Guardian reports.

She explained that Guns N’ Roses were booked after a female headliner pulled out because she “changed her touring plans.”

Eavis didn’t name who this was, but Taylor Swift had been due to headline the 2020 edition of the festival before Covid-19 struck.

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