Æ MAK's Aoife McCann pictured in Classified by Records in Dundalk by Katie Ball
The frontwoman from Irish alternative pop band Æ MAK, who is from Dundalk, has told the NME's website how she is thrilled to be the first band to be chosen for a program which will help address gender equality at major music festivals.
Aoife McCann told the NME: "It’s great to just be given that opportunity for our name to be out there."
The Leeds-based project, which is being run by
Artists will also be given slots at a Festival Republic or Live Nation festival.
As part of the programme, Ae Mak will make their UK Festival debut at Latitude this summer in Suffolk this summer which will be headlined by Alt-J.
“We’re playing the same day as Alt-J as well, so that’s very exciting”, Aoife McCann told the NME.
"I’m looking forward to going to them
“It’s hard when you’re an up and coming band in Ireland to get out of this industry and get your foot in the door in the UK because
Aoife, who wrote about being a female in the Irish music
Aoife told the NME: "I don’t think festivals should be 50/50 because it should be based on
"The culture has changed completely and it’s so much more accessible now and it’s brilliant that they’re welcoming it and they’re putting this programme in place. But I’d just be afraid that it could go the opposite way. I’d just rather be picked on for something on my own merit and not as a woman.”
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