On March 9th at the Melbourne Showgrounds and Paramatta Park, the Australian music festival Jumanji is set to kick off. With a lineup featuring Lil Wayne, Tyga, Metro Boomin, and Wale, most people were excited about this year's festival. The only problem? There is not a single woman on this year's lineup.
The artist Midas.Gold, who is scheduled to perform at Jumanji, has taken to Facebook to call out the festival’s all-male lineup, saying “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.”
Since the initial lineup announcement, Jumanji has since apologized for offending anyone. The festival wrote ““”he 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.”
Jumanji Lineup Announcement
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