Women to take lead at festival


Asta will headline the inaugural Athena Festival.
Asta will headline the inaugural Athena Festival.

Athena Music Festival boasts a mix of both established and emerging female artists such as Asta, Abbe May, Tired Lion, Nicole Millar and Mosquito Coast.

Event organiser and guild women’s department member Saraya Martin said the event was an opportunity to support women’s equality across all sectors.

“Athena Music Festival will give talented women artists a platform that is often not available to them and we are very excited to be bringing some amazing talent to Curtin,” she said.

Ms Martin said the event was part of a global movement to encompass more female acts in music, citing the 2015 Reading and Leeds Festival, which was heavily criticised for the small number of bands included in the festival that only had one or more female band member.

Out of more than 100 acts to play at the festival, only nine had female members.

Locally, the same criticism was levelled at Triple J’s Hottest 100, where female acts or featured artists only accounted for 37 songs in the countdown.

“This shows that there is a public demand and industry need for a festival like Athena,” Ms Martin said.

n One dollar from every ticket sale for the Athena Festival will be donated to the Patricia Giles Centre, a charity offering safe crisis accommodation and counselling for women and children affected by domestic violence.