45 major international music festivals have signed up to be a part of a new initiative by the PRS foundation which aims to tackle gender inequality on festival line-ups.
The initiative, entitled Keychange, and its associated festivals are striving to achieve at least a 50/50 gender balance across line-ups by 2022. With summer line-up announcement season well and truly underway, and with it being painfully evident that there is still a severe lack of consideration for gender equality on festival stages, an initiative like this is an encouraging development.
Orbital have just unveiled a prestigious plaque at the place where they played their first-ever live gig. The PRS For Music heritage award has been put on the wall at The Garage music venue (known as the Town & Country II when Orbital debuted there) on Highbury Corner in North London.