#Hellfest lineup: 2% women

France is up next – it’s time for mighty @hellfestopenair to be put to the test this weekend! 673 men and 14 women musicians in the lineup – 2% – adds this festival to the bottom equality rates. We know you can do much better – Allons! Are any of you Dear Darkness friends in Clisson headbanging this weekend??

#SantaMariaSummerFest lineup: 4% women

This weekend also offered festival @smsfportugal with the same percentage rate as Sweden’s SRF – 4% – in their metal lineup of 110 men and 4 women musicians. These numbers are clearly not country related and surely something we all need to address and work on! Did you guys go to any festivals this weekend?

#DowloadFestival lineup: 4% women

Don’t worry UK! We didn’t forget about your contribution to the festival palette of the past weekend. Live Nation UK’s @downloadfest offered some really sweet acts, but a poorer gender balance in their lineup: 265 men and 11 women landing on a 4% rate of female musicians. Come on, UK – honor ALL queens!?

#SwedenRockFestival lineup : 4% women

Today is final night for Swedish top event @swedenrockfestival presenting 321 men vs 14 women musicians in their 2017 lineup landing on a rate of 4% female performers. That’s calls for some real improvement so maybe this festival should ask the #deardarkness crew for help on creating a more equal lineup for 2018 – don’t you agree?✌️



#RockHardFestival lineup: 2% women

Past weekend also presented @rockhardfestival in Germany. Nice lineup for sure, but containing 86 males and only 2 females gives them a lineup equality rate of only 2% women. They could for sure do better next year, don’t you think? ✌️


#muskelrock lineup: 14% women

Festival season 2017 continues!

This past weekend hosted one of Sweden’s mightiest: #muskelrock. Very talented women musicians headlining, and a gender spread of 111 men and 18 women which equals 14% women in their lineup. Going in the right direction, right?? What festivals are you guys looking forward to this summer?

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#copenhell lineup: 2% women

Festival season is here. Let’s elaborate on the lineups for this year, shall we?
First off, let’s take a look at @copenhell in Denmark. They come on strong with 183 men vs 3 women in their 2017 lineup. That’s equals a total of 2% females. Great job, guys!?What do festival lineups look like where you live?


Guess what? There are women.

For years we have listened to the same words over and over again when we are asking questions about why women are absent from the stage, from the covers, in featured articles, in music history. Dear Darkness is a reaction to that.

Men interviewing men, men recommending men in all male bands, men putting other men on stage. Many years ago we thought this was going to get different, but still in 2017 we find not a damn thing has changed.

It’s very obvious that the voice of rock and metal still is the voice of a man. There are many women that plays, writes and talks about metal, but it’s always on conditions set by men. Female musicians still gets questions about their appearance, choice of clothes or family relationships and are on a daily basis being exposed to sexism in the music industry and the public.

Year after year heavy metal festivals all around the world fails to put women on the lineup, the trolling and sexism online are running wild with editors that could care less and fans are even getting harassed at shows.

Dear Darkness is a feministic community where musicians, fans and people connected to the heavy stage can share their story, for people to exchange experiences and a way of raising voices and bring light on what some people would like to call “a different” perspective – ours.

We are aiming to kill the myth “there are no women”. Cause we are here. And we are fucking loud.

/Sofia and Frida of Dear Darkness