music festivals


The ACLU Is Coming for Coachella

In 2018, two Coachella attendees said that they were barred from restrooms that corresponded with their gender identities. Now, the ACLU is demanding the music festival create a written policy that is more inclusive of transgender people.
Danielle Kwateng-Clark

Coachella Is Taking Steps To Prevent Sexual Assault

Coachella's new Every One initiative will include trained counselors, consent guidelines, and "safety ambassadors" at this year's festival.
Leila Ettachfini

Music Festival That Banned Cisgender Men Found Guilty of Discrimination

Statement Festival—a music event for cis women, nonbinary and transgender people—was found in violation Sweden's laws on gender-based discrimination.
Zing Tsjeng

Ani DiFranco Is Trying to Learn

In the 90s, Ani DiFranco was hailed as a feminist LGBT icon. In recent years, however, she's angered and alienated the same progressive fan base that once flocked to her.
Trish Bendix

When Does Sex on MDMA Count as Rape?

MDMA can lead to a loss of inhibition, so experts say that taking advantage of someone high on the drug could be considered sexual assault. But prosecuting these cases is complicated by our limited definition of what constitutes a date rape drug.
Suzannah Weiss

Music Festivals Finally Take a Stance Against Sexual Violence

With the Safer Spaces initiative, some of the biggest weekend events in the UK have finally committed to tackling sexual assault and rape at their events.
Kate Lloyd

How a Single Mom Became the Most Powerful Woman in the Festival Scene

Fiona Stewart was a single mom at 18. Now she manages million pound budgets and runs one of the last independent music festivals in the UK. How did she get here?
Deborah Coughlin

Glastonbury's Newest Music Venue Is the Girls-Only Club You've Been Waiting for

The Sisterhood—a self-described "revolutionary clubhouse"—opened its doors at the festival this year. Photographer Alice Zoo captured the disco balls, glitter unicorns, and for-the-girls fun.
Alice Zoo and Zing Tsjeng

Guys at Glastonbury Explain Why They Carry Girls on Their Shoulders

At any music festival, some dude with a woman on his shoulders will inevitably block your view of the stage. We ask men: Seriously? Why?
Alice Zoo and Zing Tsjeng

All the Drugs You Can Expect to Find at Music Festivals This Summer

We talked to dope fiends and goofball addicts to get the scoop on what trill drugs kids are huffing these days.
Bethy Squires

The All-Female Dance Music Festival That Takes Aim at Bro Club Culture

Perspectives is a two-day Berlin festival where girls get to go to the front (and behind the decks, too).
Josie Thaddeus-Johns

No Boys Allowed: Why We Need An All-Female Music Festival Now More Than Ever

While a lot of established music festivals are still failing to book enough woman-fronted bands, Burger A Go Go shows that it's possible to have an amazing all-girl lineup.
Leonie Cooper