Jumanji Festival has come under fire this year for its lack of female representation on the lineup… at all.
The traveling Aussie fest features Lil Wayne, Tyga, Metro Boomin, DJ Mustard, Wale, and many more — the lineup is totally stacked. However, it’s also totally male.
One act, Midas.Gold decided to speak up on the matter. Here is his statement:
While I’m super stoked that I’m on a bill with one of my idols, I do recognise the lack of female talent on this bill, I want y’all to know that I accepted this gig with no prior knowledge of who else was being booked (besides the first round of announcements) and while I’m stupid grateful that they reached out to me I do feel the need to say something, silence in compliance, I don’t think this is a fair representation of our scene & rap music globally something I do feel strongly about on different levels & I hope the people at Jumanji Festival can see this & what it might imply intended or not intended.
Speaking to Music Feeds, Jumanji Festival is at least acknowledging the problem and strives to do better next year. Here is the music festival’s response:
The organisers of the Jumanji Festival would firstly like to acknowledge and apologise for the lack of female artists on the festival this year. It was always our intention to provide the best possible line-up of entertainment across both genders and every effort was made to secure both male and female acts for this festival. Several high profile international female artists were approached and were either unavailable or not within our budget. We opted to secure the best possible artists irrespective of gender that appeal to the Australian hip hop audience and we are committed to delivering an amazing experience for our patrons. We have acknowledged the feedback online and will ensure there is a stronger female presence on our festival in 2019.
Well, they recognized the issue and the lineup is still pretty killer… So to get more info and tickets for Jumanji Festival, go here. Expect much more female talent on the roster in 2019!