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The Sisterhood: The women only Glastonbury area

Meka Beresford June 6, 2016

A new hidden stage available only to people who identify as women will be opening at Glastonbury this year.

‘The Sisterhood’ is a safe haven venue for women that will be hidden within the Shangri-La area of the UK festival.

(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The festival’s organisers and producers of the venue believe women-only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men.

Organisers have said the space is a “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space open to all people who identify as women.”

The “revolutionary clubhouse” will host lectures on diversity, DIY workshops and dance classes. No acts for the stage have been confirmed yet but a range of music spanning between disco, bass, pop, punk, funk and riotgrrrl should be expected.

The area will be run by female staff, security and promoters.

Organisers said in a statement: “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.”

They added: “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.”

Muse, Adele and Coldplay will be headlining the festival which is running from 22nd-24th of June.

The famous festival may be going to move away from its famous Worthy Farm location next year to the Longleat estate.

More: glastonbury, Glastonbury 2016, LGBT, Music, Queer, Sisterhood, Trans, Women

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