THE organisers behind a popular music festival in Giffnock are putting female artists at the forefront of their plans - after similar events were slated for their lack of diversity.

Playground Festival say they will boast a 45% female lineup - which towers above the UK festival average last year of just 26%.

Event bosses made the commitment during an all-female announcement - in which they revealed Scottish electro-pop outfit CHVRCHES - fronted by Glasgow's Lauren Mayberry - and pop pioneer Neneh Cherry will top the bill on Saturday, August 1.

The set from CHVRCHES will be the trio's homecoming show following their US tour.

Festival founder and organiser, Brian Traynor, said: "We have worked hard to bring together a world-class lineup of musicians for Playground Festival 2020, and we are delighted to announce CHVRCHES and Neneh Cherry as our Saturday headliners.”

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The commitment to female artists comes just months after TRNSMT bosses were slated for a lack of diversity in their lineup.

Their festival director, Geoff Elis, claimed in November it would be "a while" until there was a 50/50 balance - adding there are "far, far less female artists" than males.

Only Rita Ora and Little Simz have so far been announced as female acts for TRNSMT, with 11 male acts confirmed.

Under fire, Ellis said: "We need to get more females picking up guitars, forming bands, playing in bands.

"That's why we're giving that platform to help more females see that kind of opportunity because you do get more of a drop-off at a grass roots level and there's less female artists around.

"It's not just about booking more female acts because if there's less of them then there's less of them to go round all the festivals.

"But there's definitely more to come - they're just not over the line yet.”

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The inaugural Playground Festival held last summer, within 200,000 square food of gardens and woods at Rouken Glen Park, attracted more than 14,000 revellers.

Performances that year included international acts like Groove Armada, Hot Chip, Django Django and Anna Calvi.

In addition to a carefully curated ‘Food Forest’, this year's festival also promises to be a family-friendly affair - with firm Mini Manoeuvres on-site all weekend providing face-painting, soft play, dancing and games for the little ones.

The festival will also feature aerial acrobatic performers, a craft beer area and a dedicated gin garden.

Some of the acts already on the lineup include The Flaming Lips, Underworld, Leftfield, The Wailers, and Nightmares on Wax Street - with more performers still to be announced.

This year's event takes place on Friday, July 31 until Sunday, August 2.

Tickets are on sale at, prices from £49. Tickets for Under 14s are priced at £24, while children under seven go free.