A new report has highlighted a significant gender imbalance in UK dance music.
The report Progressing Gender Representation in UK Dance Music, led by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jaguar Bingham, revealed that only 5% of dance music hits are by women.
It also found that less than one per cent of dance music played on UK radio is by a female solo artist or girl group, and is under-represented at music festivals.
The study looked at 22 festival programs from 2018 to 2022 and found that the gender split was heavily in favor of male artists, and that the average percentage of female and non-binary acts was only 14% of the programs in 2018.
According to the report, this percentage has since increased to 28%, but women are often relegated to warming positions at the bottom of the cartel.
“You can’t be what you can’t see. And if you look at the line-ups and see the headliners and most of the line-up is male, you’re not going to see yourself represented, ” said Jaguar Sky News.
“And it’s the same as listening to songs on the radio or streaming or on the charts [que son de artistas no masculinos solamente], which is 5 percent on the charts and 1 percent on radio, which is so little. As a radio presenter, that makes me very sad. And if you don’t see yourself in that space, you won’t be thinking, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll learn to make house music or buy myself a couple of turntables and learn to DJ.’ What we found in the report is that people don’t feel safe, visible or unwelcome.”
In addition, the report showed that many women feel insecure in clubs.
Jaguar said: “A lot of this work involves traveling alone late at night, often going to clubs and venues where people are drunk. You go to the green room before your set and often many people drink and smoke.
“And sexual assault is also rampant in the nightlife industry, and it is something that really needs to be talked about more and controlled.”
He has launched two different initiatives: Future1000, a free online course for girls, trans and non-binary aged 12 to 18 to learn how to DJ, make music and start the industry, and the Jaguar Foundation, which has a The goal is to make electronic music more accessible to everyone.
Meanwhile, yesterday (August 2) it was revealed that one in five nightclubs in the UK has closed in the last three years, according to data shared by the Nightclub Industry Association (NTIA).
For help, advice or more information about sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the charity Rape Crisis website. In the United States, visit RAINN.