Haim to headline Victoria Park festival after criticism of male dominated stages

Haim attending the Brit Awards 2021 at the O2 Arena, London Pic: PA Media

Haim have been announced as headliner to All Points East festival in Hackney, London amid recent criticism of male dominated festival lineups.

The American rock band, based in Los Angeles, announced their gig in an Instagram video showing the sisters doing a dance together.

The festival will be held over two weekends in Victoria Park. They previously announced other headliners, which include The Strokes and Stormzy. Haim will headline on August 28 alongside acts such as Girl In Red and Confidence Man.

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Haim (meaning “life” in Hebrew) comprises three sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. Since forming in 2007, the Grammy-nominated band have made appearances at Glastonbury and have been signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation group. They last played in the UK in July last year when they sold out the 02 Arena in Greenwich.

The sisters grew up in a musical family and began playing instruments from an early age in the cover band Rockinhaim, fronted by their parents, Moti and Donna. The three sisters took their band into full operation in 2012.

Stormzy at Abbey Road Studio. Pic: PA Media

Other acts playing the 40,000-capacity festival include Josef, Lizzy McAlpine, Snail Mail, Romy (The xx), Tove Lo, Avalon Emerson & The Charm, Tamino, Nieve Ella, Mae Stephens, Nell Mescal and Gigi.

The group headlining stands out from recent criticism of festival lineups, the most notable being Glastonbury Festival’s 2023 lineup, where no female artists are named as headliners. 

The headliners listed for Glastonbury are Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, and Elton John. 

Wireless Festival, based in Finsbury Park, follows a similar pattern naming artists like Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and D-Block Europe as headliners, with no female artists listed in the top spots. 

This is a contrast to Wireless’ lineup last year, where female artists Nicki Minaj, SZA and Cardi B were headliners.

Tove Lo at Lollapalooza in Chicago 2017. Pic: swimfinfan via Wikimedia Commons

The Brit Awards also came under fire in recent weeks for the absence of female artists nominated for Artist of the Year.

However, All Points East isn’t the only festival to have a female headliner this year.

Lizzy McAlpine in concert at La Maroquinerie (Paris) 2022. Pic: Eddy Llrg via Wikimedia Commons

In April, Risen Festival will host their second all-female led festival in Hackney Wick.

After the success of their first year in 2022, the one-day festival will feature artists such as Emerald, Helena Star, and Paramida to celebrate the “divine feminine”.

How to get tickets:

Tickets for Risen Festival 2023 can be found on their website.

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