Imelda May has said she refuses to be a token female for music festivals.
Expressing her views on whether there should be more female artists headlining events, the 40 year old told IBTimes UK: I agree with just great artists headlining.
I dont care what gender they are I just think there should be great artists. There are a lot of fantastic women out there. But I dont want to be a token female in any gig that I do, I want to be there because Im good at what I do.
Ive been doing this for 26 years, I started when I was a teenager and it was a lot different then. There werent many women [but] now theres loads of women, lots of women backstage and I find it really nice.
After many years working her way up through the music industry, May was signed to record label Universal in 2008 and then released her first non-independent album, Love Tattoo, which reached number one on the Irish charts.
The singers next two albums, 2010s Mayhem and 2014s Tribal, enjoyed the same chart-topping triumph. The Dublin-born musician is currently working on her fourth album, from which fans can expect a bluesy sound.
With her music career, TV series The Imelda May Show and a young daughter to keep her busy, it is a wonder how May manages to juggle such a hectic schedule.
The Its Good To Be Alive chanteuse had a wise response: Same as anyone else, shes not in school yet so I can just throw her under my arm and off we go. She absolutely loves it.