The F-List celebrates the work of the following festivals for ‘Doing The Right Thing’ by booking equal or majoratively female line-ups. 

We are working with all of these organisations in a variety of different ways, from sourcing female musicians and helping to curate line-ups, to supporting and celebrating already female friendly line-ups, whilst others have been inspired by us and wish to support our work.

Folk by The Oak

is a festival of folk’s finest acts gathered in beautiful leafy parkland for one uplifting summer day of music and has been running since 2008.  Founder Caroline Slough says:

“We are a husband and wife team and it just feels very natural to ensure a gender balance informs our programming as it does with our work life. For us, quality is all, and there are some devastatingly brilliant female singers songwriters, instrumentalists and bands out there. Their richness and variety is dazzling as The F-List reveals in their hugely helpful listings.  I am so enjoying looking through your remarkable list of artists. There is certainly plenty of inspiration for next year’s line up – I have found several artists that are new to me which is always a treat“.

Tsitsit Festival

is the world’s first Jewish-themed fringe festival, which took place in October 2021. Singer Sara Feldmann Brummer curated the music events for the festival, featuring many female musicians and female-led acts celebrating the rich history of Jewish music from traditional folk to the world of jazz. Women’s voices are at the heart of most of the Sephardic musical tradition, sung in Ladino within the home and the community, telling stories of love, motherhood and heartbreak. Tickets and more info at

Sara Feldmann Brummer says “The F-List is an invaluable tool for event organisers and female musicians. Their database of musicians connects promotors and great artists together – there’s no excuse now for tokenism within festival line-ups – female artists can enjoy equal billing!”


are the first literary festival in the UK to give prominence to work by women, writers of all genders, economic status and ethnicities whose voices are not usually heard. They bring together writers, editors, publishers, artists, thinkers, comedians, performers, musicians and foodies.  It is a place of hope, inspiration, community and artistry in an intimate setting in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.  

Catherine Riley, Director of Primadonna Festival and Prize, writes: “Primadonna festival is proud to partner with The F List, which shares our mission to champion brilliant female talent, platform marginalised voices, and deliver joyful events that showcase the best of arts and culture. We hosted some amazing musicians over the weekend of our festival, including some F List favourites, and were thrilled that Self Esteem provided a banging finale on Sunday afternoon. We’re already planning how to make 2022’s lineup just as magnificent!” 


is a UK based, not-for-profit, Community Interest Company designed to support the emergence of new talent. OneFest was born in Wiltshire out of a desire to provide support to the Barge Inn Community Project – a Big Lottery Fund supported rural community enterprise and pub. OneFest was set up to generate a modest financial return to help the local community to sustain and develop their community hub.

The F-List participated in this year’s digital festival by appearing on their discussion about ‘Are festival line-ups diverse enough? What goes into the curation of a festival?’  The panel consisted of Vick Bain and musician MIRI of The F-List and also Alex Trenchard (Director at Standon Calling Festival), MIRI & Jamie Scarhill (Highest Point / Skiddle) to discuss! 
Onefest Founder Sandra Bhatia says “The F-List is an excellent tool and resource that OneFest will be utilising for forthcoming events. Vick Bain’s research and findings are critical to help make the necessary changes for women in music in the industry“. 

Underneath The Stars

is a festival programmed by Eddie Barcan owner of Splendid Events and is proud it is gender balanced – despite the last minute cancellations covid brought about this year!

Eddie built his reputation by leading the internationally renowned Cambridge Folk Festival as Artistic Director, where he managed and programmed 23 consecutive sell-outs, secured national TV and radio coverage and saw the festival gain awards, including the highest possible Greener Festival Awards for sustainability.  Eddie has also programmed the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival since 2005, which attracts the best folk and roots acts, pop-stars, Hollywood A-list celebrities and icons. Eddie says;

Vick Bain and The F-List deserve a round of applause for championing female artists and going the extra mile to support programmers, Underneath The Stars is pleased to be gender balanced“. 

If you know of any other events or festivals ‘Doing The Right Thing’ – let us know!