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Glastonbury launches first women-only venue on-site

The Sisterhood will feature an all-female lineup, security and staff, with workshops on diversity and inclusion at the festival

For the first time ever, Glastonbury will feature a women-only venue called The Sisterhood.

The “revolutionary clubhouse” is self-described as “an intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space open to all people who identify as women”. It will set up camp in the festival’s Shangri-La area, with an all-women performing roster, staff and security.

As well as its musical guests, The Sisterhood will also run workshops on diversity, inclusion and DIY creating. On the Sunday of the festival, The Sisterhood will also host a forum for black women called The Love-In.

Speaking to NME, the organisers said: “The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women-only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men. Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts. 

“In the UK, the gender pay gap in the workplace, cuts to domestic violence services and sex worker rights are current talking points that highlight this issue. Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalised people, whilst showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond.”

This year, Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis reflected on the “strong on women” line-up, with the likes of Little Simz, Lady Leshurr, PJ Harvey, Wolf Alice and Dua Lipa among a plethora of self-defining female artists.