Laneway Music Festival Now Offers a "Women's Safe Space" for Festival Guests

The women's safe space debuts this weekend at the festival in Auckland, New Zealand.
January 28, 2017, 8:38pm
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Auckland's St. Jerome's Laneway music festival will introduce a "women's safe space" for this year's festival.

"Designed to be a sanctuary for anyone who identifies as a woman, the space offers non-judgemental support and an area for those needing space away from other festival goers," said Josie Campbell, a publicist for the festival, in a statement.

The space was created as part of an increased effort to address harassment and sexual assault at music festivals, said the Waikato Times. Last year, TV journalist Kim Vinnell was harassed at the festival on live television.

"I think it's good they are doing this because it starts a conversation, at least," Vinnell told Waikato Times.

This year's St. Jerome's Laneway festival in Auckland takes place on January 30. Scheduled performers include Clams Casino, Floating Points and Tycho. Last year, we asked if female-only campgrounds can stop sexual assault at music festivals. In 2015, we wrote about why Laneway rules.