Lykke Li's YOLA Día—A Music Festival For Women, By Women—Is Being The Change It Wants To See
Taking place on Aug. 18 at L.A. Historic Park, the Lilith Fair-esque lineup welcomes a diverse group of female talent ranging from sound and style
Americans love catching live entertainment. In fact, Nielsen reports that 52 percent of the U.S. population attends live music events each year. Live music events, including music festivals, bring together some of the leading names in the music industry and also provide a platform to launch new creative projects of those artists making their entry into the music scene. But who are more than half of the U.S. population dancing to at these festivals?
Looking at past year artist lineups for some of the most well-known music festivals, only a quarter of artists booked in some of the biggest festivals were female or groups with at least one female member. However, while these numbers may be surprising, it’s not to say progress isn’t being made. In 2017, female artist bookings represented only 14 percent of lineups, while in 2018 the number rose to 19 percent.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, women make up more than half of the country’s population and are 47 percent of the country’s total workforce, yet it’s well known that they’re underrepresented in high-visible roles throughout various areas of society ranging from behind the office desks to the DJ decks—and everything in between. Doing a simple Google search for the top artists in 2018, of the top 10 only one was a woman. Looking at festival lineups, the divide remains. So, why do female artists still lag behind in the music industry given their majority presence in society?
Some artists, like Swedish electronic singer Lykke Li, are taking matters into their own hands. The performer has organized a brand-new festival called Yola Día, which is happening on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Los Angeles Historic Park in Calif. (Editor's note: Li's fest was originally called YOLA Fest and was slated to run on June 8 but had to postpone due to "unforseen production issues.") Celebrating the arts, culture and music curated by today’s woman, the female-strong lineup presented by Yola Mezcal welcomes a diverse group of female talent ranging from sound and style.
The idea is reminiscent of Lilith Fair music festival, which was famously produced by GRAMMY-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan back in 1997. While the traveling festival only lasted two summers with an attempt to revive it in 2010, the music and cultural event was McLachlan’s response to the gender imbalance in festival lineups. Lilith Fair brought together an eclectic mix of artists ranging from rap and R&B to pop and country. Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Suzanne Vega, India Arie, Dido and Sheryl Crow were among some of the powerhouse ladies who performed throughout the festival’s lifespan.
Now, more than 20 years later, Li is following suit, tapping legendary singers Cat Power and a rare acoustic set from Courtney Love (and the Chateau Band) as well as bold rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who recently signed to 300 Entertainment, making her the first female rapper on the label. Electronic luminary SOPHIE, Kelsey Lu and Empress Of were also recently added to the bill. Li, too, will put in a performance.
So, where does Yola get its name from? Well, music isn’t the only thing on the Swedish singer's mind. Li is also pretty passionate about the Mexican spirit mezcal, so much so that she, along with Yola Jimenez and Gina Correll Aglietti, opened their own brand of distilled alcohol from Mexican agave: Yola Mezcal. Just as the mezcal company is a women-owned business, its approach has trickled into the festival’s inspiration: an all-female festival. Yola Mezcal is "run by women, bottled by women."
Along with a female-powered lineup, social good is at the root of Yola Día, with its host company aiming to promote "the economic independence of the women in Oaxaca." The festival has also partnered with Plus1, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating social change and positive impact in local communities, with a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold going to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles (DWC). DWC is the only organization in the L.A. area exclusively focused on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness as well as former homeless women.
Can't wait until August to hear these powerful voices? Grab your tickets for Yola Día now to support women in music, the arts and the Downtown Women’s Center. General and VIP admission is available. Check out their FAQ for more information on the festival and for a list of acceptable and prohibited items.
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Tiësto, Alesso Top The Billing For Electric Zoo 2018 Phase 2 Lineup
The NYC-based electronic music festival has finally unveiled its full roster of performers
New York City's Electric Zoo festival is rounding the final corner on its 10th year. To commemorate the big milestone, the festival promoters have assembled a killer lineup of top-tier performers that pays tribute to all major subgenres of dance music.
Previously announced headliners for Electric Zoo 2018 include Kaskade, Marshmello and Martin Garrix, as well as acclaimed DJ/producer Porter Robinson's new alias project Virtual Self. Now joining this impressive stable of mainstage heroes are GRAMMY-winning trance/big room house DJ/producer Tiësto and GRAMMY-nominated progressive house DJ/producer Alesso.
Rounding out a lineup that's positively stacked from top to bottom are internationally established acts like progressive trance hitmakers Gabriel & Dresden, dub/future bass shapeshifters Boombox Cartel, LiveStyle North American President Gary Richards' DJ/producer alias Destructo, and blues-EDM fusion act Gramatik, as well as rising stars of the scene Australian techno showstopper Anna Lunoe, Dutch trap/future bass don San Holo, and Skrillex-cosigned dubstep wizard Habstrakt, among others.
The three-day EDM jubilee will take place over Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, on New York City's historic Randall's Island. Tickets are now on sale.
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EDC 2019: Alison Wonderland, TOKiMONSTA, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Tiësto, More
The world-renowned EDM fest has released the lit roster of over 240 artists for its 23rd annual event, set to return to its ninth year in Las Vegas from May 17–19
Today Insomniac, which hosts the now-global Electric Daisy Carnival and other major EDM events, announced the highly anticipated lineup for its flagship Las Vegas fest, set to take place May 17–19 this year. EDC 2019 is positively stacked, featuring GRAMMY winners Diplo, David Guetta and Tiësto, plus GRAMMY nominees TOKiMONSTA, Paul Oakenfold, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond and Kaskade.
Deadmau5 will be making his first return to the fest since 2010, bringing his new "Cube 3.0" stage setup, and Guetta will be back for his first time since the 2012 event. Australian singer/songwriter DJ/producer extraordinaire Alison Wonderland, plus GRAMMY-nominated rave icons Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren will also bring fire to the three-day event.
Unlike a typical music festival lineup, EDC lists theirs alphabetically by day, giving way to a treasure hunt to the many gems across the lines of names. Underground techno queens Charlotte De Witte, ANNA and Amelie Lens will all perform at the event, which has eight(!) stages, along with fellow techno heavy-hitter Adam Beyer.
South African DJ/producer and underground house legend Black Coffee will also perform, as well as fellow house heavyweights Green Velvet, Patrick Topping and GRAMMY nominee Eric Prydz. Green Velvet will be offering two sets, one as Get Real, his project with Detroit legend Claude VonStroke.
Several artists will be hopping on the decks together, including Topping, who will be doing a B2B set (a.k.a. back-to-back, or collab set, for those not up on the rave lingo) with fellow British DJ Eats Everything. U.K. dubstep stalwarts Skream and Rusko are on the lineup for an "old skool dubstep set," which, as Your EDM put it, is "absolutely unheard of."
But wait, who are the headliners? Pasquale Rotella, CEO and co-founder of Insomniac, believes that headliners are everyone that attends the festival, spreads the love and makes all the magic possible.
"Being a Headliner means looking at the world a little differently, and seeing beauty and inspiration everywhere you look. It’s about lifting up the people around you and making time for your family and friends. This is a journey we all take together—always connected and committed to one another," Rotella said in a statement on Insomniac's website.
If you want to get your dance on and check out the carnival rides, interactive art and plenty of lights and lasers with EDC in Vegas, you're in luck; tickets are still available. Check out EDC's website for more info.
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Music Festivals 2018: Ghost, Halestorm & More To Play Rocklahoma
Get a taste of the performers who will be emceeing the hard-rock party in Pryor, Okla.
Billed as the "biggest Memorial Day weekend party" of 2018, the road-trip-worthy fest features a cross-generational menu of hard-rock headliners, including '80s hair-metal hit-makers Poison, GRAMMY nominees Godsmack and Maynard James Keenan's A Perfect Circle.
Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, the new incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots, and '70s classic-rock staples Cheap Trick will also play the festival. The varied lineup is rounded out by Andrew W.K., Powerman 5000, Candlebox, Trivium, and Dead Girls Academy, among many others.
Launched in 2007, Rocklahoma promises multiple stages of music, VIP packages, unofficial campground parties, and onsite vendors.
Tickets are on sale now.
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Lucy Dacus, Death Cab For Cutie To Play Decemberists' Travelers' Rest Fest
Fest taking place in Decemberists frontman Colim Meloy's Montana hometown to also feature Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and I'm With Her
If you're a music fan who will be in the Northwest in early August — or if you're plotting a summer vacation in that area — there's a potential music festival destination you might want to check out.
GRAMMY nominees the Decemberists will host their second annual Travelers' Rest festival Aug. 4–5 in singer Colin Meloy's hometown of Missoula, Mont. The lineup will not only feature headlining sets from Meloy & Co. on each night, but appearances by Mavis Staples, Lucy Dacus, Tune-Yards, Death Cab For Cutie, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Taking place Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater, the festival will also feature performances from Whitney, Parquet Courts, Tinariwen, I'm With Her, and Waxahatchee, with more to be announced at a later date.
Announcing the lineup for @travelersrestfest, a weekend of music presented by @thedecemberists. The Decemberists will be headlining both days of the festival, once again playing two unique sets, with other confirmed artists announced including @deathcabforcutie, #JeffTweedy, @mavisstaples, @tuneyards, @whitneyband, #ParquetCourts, @tinariwen, @imwithherband, @waxa_katie and @lucydacus. Additional artists will be announced later this spring. Tickets are on sale now for both 2-day General Admission and 2-day VIP. Link in bio. #TravelersRest #BigSkyBrewingCo #Montana #Missoula
The Decemberists are set to drop a new studio album, I'll Be Your Girl, on March 16. The quintet will undertake a tour in support of the LP, which kicks of March 22 in Pomona, Calif.
Travelers' Rest festival tickets, including VIP packages, are on sale now.