Coachella by the numbers: Male performers outnumber female ones 5 to 1

Infographic coachella by gender

The above graphic paints a stark picture of gender inequality on the stages of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starting Friday. Male performers (lead singers, solo acts, DJs) outnumber female players by nearly 5 to 1, a notable, depressing truth that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone following rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music.

Of the 69 artists making electronic dance music (and its myriad subgenres), only 11 female-led acts – including Krewella, Nina Kraviz and Ellie Goulding – work the decks and/or accompany beat-based sounds.

An identical number of female-led rock acts were among the 62 total, which may be a better showing percentage-wise, but is further illustration of a bro-friendly festival.


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