Glastonbury is one of the UK’s oldest music festivals and has been a permanent feature in the small Somerset town of Pilton since 1970. It was confirmed this week that for the first time in the festivals history there will be a women’s only section of the event dubbed ‘The Sisterhood’.
The festival organisers have stated that ‘The Sisterhood’ will be an inclusive space for gay, trans and disabled festival goers with one major exception; absolutely no men are allowed. This means that not only will the attendee’s be exclusively female but also the stage runners, security guards and performers.
Organizers stated that: “The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women-only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men.”
“Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts. In the U.K., the gender pay gap in the workplace, cuts to domestic violence services and sex worker rights are current talking points that highlight this issue.”
“The Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalized people, while showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the U.K. and beyond.”
The Sisterhood will be situated in the ‘Shangri La’ section of the festivals and will feature not only live music but dance classes, workshops on inclusion and diversity and a DIY power tool instructional session.
It has not yet been confirmed which artists will be featuring at ‘The Sisterhood’ but the news has already been met with mixed reactions on social media, with many claiming that the idea is a brilliant way to guarantee the safety and representation of women at festivals and others viewing the idea as misguided.