An extra stage has been added to this summer’s TRNSMT Festival to help address the event’s ‘gender play gap’.
The Queen Tut’s Stage, a permanent new addition to the event, will showcase up and coming female-led acts and aims to pave the way for a new generation of festival headliners.
Artists including Lauren Spiteri, LUNIR, ST MARTiiNS, Cara Rose, Chlobocop, Scarlett Randle will perform on Friday July 12, while Zoe Graham, CRYSTAL, Sahara, Tongue Trap, Wet Look and Swim Schoolplay have been added to the festival’s Saturday bill.
The Eves, Zoee, Tamzene, Stephanie Cheape, Deni Smith, Baby Taylah will take to the stage on the Sunday.
JUST ANNOUNCED 🔥 The new addition to the TRNSMT family 💜💛 Find the Queen Tut’s Stage at #trnsmt2019 in Glasgow Green!
We’re paving the way for future female headliners by nurturing local talent to break down the ‘Gender Play Gap’.
— TRNSMT Festival (@TRNSMTfest) June 6, 2019
Speaking about the new stage, DF Concerts’ Aarti Joshi said: “The Queen Tut’s Stage is a very important addition to TRNSMT Festival.
“As a company, we are committed to helping to close the gender play gap and at TRNSMT specifically, we have focussed on providing a platform for core female acts at a grassroots level to help them become the bill toppers of the future.
“Of course, as an industry, we have a long way to go but we feel this is a real step in the right direction.”
The announcement of the new stage follows the success of the sold-out Queen Tut’s event back in March that saw legendary Glasgow venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut renamed in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Among the male-dominated line-up for TRNSMT’s main stage are just three female acts – Sigrid, Mabel and Jess Glynne – with a handful more on the secondary King Tut’s Stage.
Festival organiser Geoff Ellis told The Sunday Post in February that he’d love to see more female acts on the line-up in future, and hoped that fans and the industry could work together to support up and coming talent.
To that end, DF Concerts also announced today that Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) will be onsite raising awareness of the organisation across the weekend.
SWIM, a community of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female, and welcome non-binary, trans and queer women, is committed to achieving a level playing field for women across the music industry.
Across the event, festival goers will have the chance to hear more about their important work and donate to support their mission.
Hilary Brooks, SWIM Founder, said: “Scottish Women Inventing Music is a grassroots organisation partly inspired by KEYCHANGE, the international music initiative pledging 50:50 gender representation on festival and concert stages by 2022.
“As Founder of SWIM, I’m delighted that DF Concerts have invited us this year to promote, celebrate and support women artists at TRNSMT and to fuel the discussion of creating a more equal and collaborative industry.”