‘You expect us not to call you out?’ – Camp Cope and the Australian musicians fighting industry sexism

Whether it’s standing up to sexual abuse or male-dominated festival lineups, female Australian musicians, and their #MeNoMore campaign, have got their government listening

In 2015, a meme began circulating showing posters advertising some of the world’s biggest festivals with the male acts erased from the lineups. The few female musicians were left floating amid a sea of incriminating blank space. Since then, festivals have been under the scrutiny of people quick to howl down imbalance.

Those conversations mostly happen online, but over the new year, Melbourne trio Camp Cope took the issue onstage. To a packed tent in Lorne, Victoria, at their first show of Falls festival, singer Georgia Maq changed the lyrics to their song The Opener. “It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up a tent / It’s another fucking festival booking only nine women,” she belted out, challenging Australia’s largest touring festival while playing one of its stages.

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