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MEG MAC JOINS AN ALL-FEMALE LINE-UP READY TO ROCK THE SURFERS PARADISE STAGE
In 2017, not one of Australia’s five biggest festivals had gender equal line-ups, whereby female acts or acts with at least one woman were on par with male-only acts.
On average, female representation only made up 34.8 per cent, which is actually a record high in Australian music.
Holly Rankin, aka Jack River, put together the first Electric Lady all-female band night last June, and less than a year later they’re headlining a stage at Festival 2018. We chat to Holly about the concept and beginnings.
So how did Electric Lady all start?
It started as a band night in June 2017, I was looking at the industry and what I could do to contribute to a global movement and decided that a band night was an awesome idea to put all my favourite female musicians in one room and profile as many of their stories as possible.
There are some people who say to have a “female only” band night is actually sexist against men. What would be your response to that?
I’d love for there to not have to be an Electric Lady but we really need it. There are allmale line-ups every day and it is an extreme rarity to find an all-female line-up. If anyone does their research they’ll agree there needs to be a quick shock reaction to this problem. Electric Lady increases visibility. These nights ultimately shouldn’t have to exist but they are addressing very real gaps that we have to take precautions to fix.
Tell me about the line-up for Festival 2018. Who is there and why have you chosen them?
It’s really hard to choose, but we wanted to put together a line-up that spans a couple of genres and different cultural backgrounds so everyone in the line-up has a point of difference and an interesting story. So the line-up consists of myself, Meg Mac, Nina Las Vegas, Wafia and Kardajala Kirridarra. Kardajala Kirridarra is probably one of the most incredible acts in Australian music right now. They are a three-piece from the Northern Territory who live in remote communities called Marlinja and Kulumindini. They mix Australian contemporary electronic music and rapping with their own traditional sounds and stories. It’s so awesome for us to have them travel to the GC and play in front of thousands of people.
You have a new single out, Ballroom, taken from upcoming album Sugar Mountain ... will you be performing a few songs from that album?
I just got off tour and we played songs on the album for the first time, so I can’t wait to play the GC some of the new songs. It’s so good to finally announce the album and be able to talk about it after five years in the making. I had a really crazy, dark youth across the years of 18-23 and I made the album as an answer to that. That’s the theme that runs through it all, sparkly, beautiful bold pop songs, but there’s definitely a lot of fight and resilience. The free Electric Lady show, April 10, Surfers Paradise Main Stage
Holly Rankin, aka Jack River, will be part of the Electric Lady line-up at Festival 2018.