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Reading and Leeds has a major problem at its heart. Why can the festival still not seem to book female headliners?
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Reading and Leeds has a major problem at its heart. Why can the festival still not seem to book female headliners?

Following an enforced year off, Reading and Leeds festival have spent a fair few weeks teasing the public about the changes they’ve implemented for their 2021 edition. The main takeaway for fans has been the addition of a second main stage, emulating the likes of Barcelona’s Primavera Festival in having two alternating headliners on each stage for each night of the festival. With credit to the Reading and Leeds organisers, this is a fantastic idea and one not often seen at UK festivals; it has allowed for six headline spots to open up over three days. The festival’s major drawback, however, is that once again there is not a single woman in any of these slots. This sort of problem is not unfamiliar. Year upon year, the same cycle takes place: the lineup is announced, there are no f...