Festivals like to talk diversity, but statistics show change is slow. In 2015, lineups at the largest dance music festivals in the country featured 10 percent women at best. HARD Summer 2017 made a big deal of its relatively female-heavy lineup, with 26 women out of 110 performers. Try to find non-binary or transgendered artists, and the numbers are pretty much zero.
Some might say that's less to do with exclusion and more to do with a lack of non-binary or transgender artists. Too bad that's not true.
Moogfest in North Carolina prides itself on forward-thinking values. It has a history of pushing political buttons, and in 2018, it wants to show other festivals how easy it is to gather great musical minds that break the cis-male mode by highlighting 50-plus female, non-binary and transgender DJs and electronic musicians.