Tuesday, June 25The Voice of London

Tag: sexism

The London live events industry for women: Band guys and cable ties

Words: Kiera Chapman | Subbing: Bernadette Galbraith Not every 21-year-old can work a high vis - nor can they say they've worked with some of the most exciting talent 2017's music scene has to offer. From Nothing But Thieves, to Fickle Friends and Declan Mckenna, Joanna Chidgey has witnessed them all, radio at the ready. Having graduated from Buckinghamshire New University with a degree in Music and Live Events management, Joanna has blossomed from pupil to professional. She now goes by the official title of Events and Promotion Assistant and yes, a badge does come with that. She kindly invites me in from a piercing November chill into her cosy home on the outskirts of London, and I am quick to ask her if she can recall her CV off by heart. "Reading Festival, Barn On The Farm, 1

Institutionalised sexism in the music industry: Are we taking the right approach?

Entertainment, Music
Words: Bernadette Galbraith | Subbing: Kiera Chapman It's time to start asking questions. Questions like 'where are all the female sound engineers?' And 'why can't more women dress for themselves, not someone else?' A recent Guardian analysis revealed that more than two-thirds of live music acts performing in the UK tonight will feature no women on stage. This statistic comes at a time when women continue to fight for gender equality in a range of forms and whilst this is not a shocking revelation, we are still talking about the issue. It begs the question: are the right tactics being implemented to banish the gender gap in music, once and for all? The music industry holds an extremely prominent and influential place amongst the younger generation, making it vital that both genders ar...

Jared O’Mara, Labour MP, is suspended after online past is criticised for offensive comments

News, Politics, UK
Words: Leanne Hall | Subbing: Charlotte Racher They say you can never get rid of anything on the internet, but Mr O’Mara is sure wishing he could after comments he made online 15 years ago resurface. The 35-year-old MP was exposed online for comments he made 15 years ago. These comments include… Commenting on Girls Aloud, O'Mara said: "I advise you to sack Sarah and the remaining four members (Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley) come have an orgy with me."  "I also dislike the prevailing western tendency to deify fatties… There is nothing noble or admirable about glutting on loads of fatty foods and making yourself obese and ill."  O’Mara also called gay men "fudge packers", "who drive Marmite up the motorway". He also said that if homosexuals feel they have the mon