Brooklyn Vegan released the lineup for Lollapalooza 2011, Chicago's contribution to the summer festival circuit, today, and I'm sure they just MISPLACED the list with all the female acts on it, and that's coming shortly. Right? There's no WAY such an enormous festival wouldn't include a SINGLE WOMAN in their list of headliners? Ouch, Lolly. Ouch. I thought our love went deeper than that.
Mega-Feminist Eminem is the headliner this year (last year Lady Gaga ran the show), which is sort of, you know, THE OPPOSITE of having a lady-fronted band, but that is far from the only issue here. Sure, talented male acts exist all over the place, and absolutely, they deserve to headline festivals. But reading the list on Brooklyn Vegan, I got to the TWENTIETH ACT before finding a band with a female member. And those are the 20 biggest acts in the show. A male headliner? Totally cool. 19 main attractions with not a single woman anywhere to be found? Not even a little bit cool.
The rest of the lineup is more of the same. Five or ten dudes or dude bands, one lady or lady band. There are 100 acts playing at Lollapalooza this year. 32 of them have a woman in the band. Not at the center of the band, not necessarily the singer. Just in the band, anywhere. 32, out of 100. I think that's pretty disgusting. But, because I like to look on the bright side, here are three acts to watch at Lolly this year. (If you feel like paying at least $215 to see women get utterly ignored by the music industry, that is.)
Ximena Sariñana is a 25-year-old Mexican singer and songwriter whose videos have been known to include Muppets along with messages of self-love. Did you need to know anything else? She was nominated for two Latin Grammys? Was a successful child actor in Mexico? No? Icing on the Muppet cake? I agree.
Imelda May is an Irish musician who, like Ximena, has had huge success at home and is using Lollapalooza as a launchpad into American earholes. (Being a woman and all, she's bound to stand out, amiright? HEYO!) Imelda is, in my mind, one of the queens of contemporary rockabilly, and I'm counting down to the day when junior highschoolers are sporting her famous updo and singing her bluesy, no-nonsense songs.
Lissie, born Elizabeth Maurus, is that old-school kind of musician with a mysterious past who lets her folksy brand of country-rock speak for itself. She doesn't talk about her age, her relationships, or really even her song material. She just takes fabulous vintage-looking photos and releases excellent music. She's got a husky, soulful voice that can only be sung along with properly after staying up too late and drinking heavily. Just the sort of act a summer festival should have.
So, to sum up, there WILL be some women onstage at Lollapalooza this year, kicking a lot of ass. But there won't be enough of them, and it's our job to let the festival organizers know that we noticed.