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From its very first edition, Treesome Festival has opted for a predominantly female line-up: out of 40 artists, 26 are women. We explain why.

No, the electronic scene and more broadly the music world are not immune to the dynamics of male domination, far from it. Even if changes are underway – we remember two years ago the arrival of the Me Too movement in music and the fact that many women spoke out – there is still work to be done. The transformation is slow and inequalities remain everywhere: at every stage of their career, women must fight. Inequalities in pay, in reaching positions of responsibility, but also in sexist and sexual violence, which still remains, despite the implementation of initiatives during musical events. On this subject, the figures are unfortunately evocative: according to the french association Consentis, 60% of women have been victims of sexual harassment or assault in a festive environment. On the programme side, between 2017 and 2019, women represented only 21% of the artists programmed in the world’s major electronic festivals, according to the study conducted by the Female Pressure network.

So to take the opposite approach and try, on its own scale, to lay one of the necessary stones in the construction of an electronic scene that must reinvent itself, Treesome Festival has chosen to invite 70% women to its programme. We can already see certain speeches coming: not that these women were chosen because they were women, but for their talent. And in order to change the lines, the question of representation is essential: many women, before launching themselves as artists, hesitated for a long time because they saw only men around them. This must change. By choosing to give a large place to these female artists, Treesome Festival opposes, in fact, this insidious, but still very present, domination of men on the electronic scene, while at the same time sending a message to those who may still believe that they have nothing to do here: we are here, talented, flaming, and we won’t move.

  • To go deeper into the subject: the documentary Underplayed, which analyses the inequalities and under-representation of women in the electronic music scene.
  • To keep up with the news: Écoute Meuf crew, which provides us with newsletters, events and playlists full of love and music.
  • To get started: the MEWEM programme, the first mentoring programme for women in music.

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