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Yola Dia Festival is a Diverse Celebration of Women in Music

By Danielle Dorsey

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Strong drinks and strong women come together for Yola Dia, an all-day festival hosted at LA Historic Park on Sunday, August 18th. Presented by Yola Mezcal, Yola Dia is an all-day celebration of women that trades overpriced festival beer for traditional Oaxacan-bred cocktails. Recently rescheduled from June to Sunday, August 18, festival organizers finessed this change by adding big names Empress Of, Sophie, and Kelsey Lu to the roster. Lykke Li, Cat, Power, Courtney Love, and rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Cupcakke will also be joining the all-female lineup.

Yola Dia festival flyer

Women have always been major trendsetters when it comes to popular music, but most festival lineups would have you thinking otherwise. While Beyonce managed to nab a 60 million Netflix deal from a single Coachella performance, smaller women-led acts are still facing bias within the industry. In 2018, Pitchfork conducted a survey that found that women only made up 19 percent of the average festival lineup. The Book More Women campaign highlights these discrepancies by editing festival posters to omit male acts, which leaves the flyers concerningly empty.

Yola Dia helps turn these tides by making its entire mission about supporting women. Yola Mezcal is a family- and women-run mezcal brand that’s dedicated to promoting economic independence for women in Oaxaca and a portion of festival proceeds will benefit LA’s Downtown Women’s Center.

Plus, who can resist the opportunity to join in a mass “Simon Says” led by Megan thee Stallion?

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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