THE first all-female music festival is to take place in Purbeck at the weekend.

Singer Lily Allen and DJ Annie Mac have previously criticised the dearth of female performers at some festivals.

Organisers say that 70 per cent of the UK festival line-ups in 2018 were all-male bands.

HearHer will be “the only UK festival to boast an 100 per cent female bill”, organisers say, and is solely created – everything from set design and sound engineering to lighting – by women.

The festival which takes place at Sandford Holiday Park at Holton Heath “aims to promote female empowerment and diminish inequality and discrimination in the music industry”. The event – which follows a trial run, then called the Diva Music Festival last year – is curated by singer-songwriters KT Tunstall and actress and singer Heather Peace.

It will “elevate female talent into the positions they have rightfully earned, provide a positive space in which to nurture female grassroots talent, and embrace and champion women both on and off stage”.

The festival, hearherfestival.com, runs from October 11 to 13.