Shirley Manson demands change for women in the arts

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson used last night’s VO5 NME Awards 2018 as a platform to demand change for women in the arts.

The Edinburgh-born singer was in attendance at London’s O2 Academy to collect the first ever NME Icon Award, where she said that the representation of women was just what was needed in the current climate.

“The current climate kind of breaks my heart,” Stockbridge-raised Manson said on the red carpet. “If you’re any kind of decent person of any gender, you’ll be pretty keen to try and turn the tables to readdress what we’re coming to understand.

“There’s just a phenomenal imbalance – particularly within the arts, it’s insane. If we were talking about weight-lifting or something, I could maybe understand if there was a higher statistic, but for music there’s no reason why we can’t have 50/50 representation across the board.

“It’s high time things changed.”

As reported on AAA earlier this week, Manson is set to return to her native Edinburgh to mark the 20th anniversary of Garbage’s second album, Version 2.0.

Garbage will play at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Tuesday, 4 September and Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Wednesday, 5 September.

On both dates, the band will be supported by Edinburgh’s Honeyblood.

A few years ago, Garbage played a sell-out gig at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall to celebrate 20 years since the release of their four-million-selling debut album, which was released in August 1995 and went on to sell over four million copies worldwide, buoyed by the now-classic hits Only Happy When It Rains, Stupid Girl, Vow and Queer.

Released in 1998, Version 2.0 contains the singles I Think I’m Paranoid, Push It, Special, When I Grow Up, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing and You Look So Fine.

Ticket for Garbage’s Edinburgh gig range from £35.50 -£38.50.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (16 February) and can be bought from the Festival Theatre website.

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