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Miguel Angel Lopez hits out to claim Tour de France stage as Primoz Roglic tightens grip on yellow



Once beyond the intermediate sprint, I wouldn’t be surprised if a breakaway clipped off after the heavier fastmen eased up, before the stage really lights up. Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) will be keen non adding some more points to his account in the mountains classification, but does he have the legs to take him all the way to the final climb? The 33-year-old has been very lively over the past few stages, and is not quite at the level of the real big hitters, and so I think once Rolland goes over the col de la Madeleine, his day will most likely be done.

Don’t be surprised if EF Pro Cycling put two or three riders — Hugh Carthy, Daniel Martínez and Neilson Powless — in the break, while Mitchelton-Scott may fancy their chances with Esteban Chaves or Mikel Nieve. Ineos Grenadiers, surely, will also get involved? That said, there will be an awful lot of other that will ‘ fancy their chances’, but will they be able to get into the breakaway should one form and if so, will the have the legs to finish it of on the final climb of the day?

So, will today’s stage be won by a breakaway rider? If so they will need a decent lead by the time it reaches the bottom of the final climb of the day. The final kilometres of the col de la Loze will be contested on what has been described as a cycle path and so it is very narrow, meaning positioning will be absolutely key. Get stuck behind somebody who has a mechanical or a crash and that’s it, your Tour de France hopes could be over. Also, the gradients are insanely steep. Very un-Tour de France like, with pitches reaching 24% in places and long stretches at over 11% this really is terrain for those with an explosive edge. Someone like Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). Anyway, enough of this idle speculation, racing starts in 10 minutes.





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Conor McGregor awaits ‘key physical tests’ amid sexual assault claim


UFC legend Conor McGregor is awaiting the review of evidence that could determine his fate in the midst of his most recent scandal.

French authorities are reviewing the results of “key physical tests” in the case against 32-year-old McGregor, who stands accused of sexual assault and indecent exposure while vacationing on an island in the south of France.

“Key physical tests were carried out on the suspect, but the results will not be known until after the weekend,” an investigating source said on Sunday via The Sun. “These tests are of a routine nature following incidents like this, but they take time, to make sure there is no doubt about them.”

The authorities are also reviewing video evidence obtained from fellow vacationers and security footage that may have captured the incident on tape.

“It is also possible that the incident being complained about was filmed. It took place in a very busy place, where fixed cameras are situated everywhere,” the source said. “Lots of holidaymakers would also have been filming and taking pictures on their phones, so they also need to be spoken to.”

McGregor was on a romantic vacation with fiancée, Dee Devlin, with whom he has two children, in Corsica when the alleged incident occurred. He was taken into police custody and questioned on Friday and was released a day later uncharged. The criminal case remains active.

Conor McGregor and fiancée Dee Devlin
Conor McGregor and fiancée Dee DevlinZuffa LLC via Getty Images

McGregor vehemently denies the accusations which his attorney characterized as, “abusive.” His manager, Audie Attar, implied the unnamed accuser may have pernicious motives and that his client is a victim.

“I am irate and putting out a warning loud and clear,” Attar said, “Conor McGregor is not and will not be a target for those seeking to score a headline or a payday.”

This is far from the first time the former MMA star has been embroiled in legal troubles. In 2019, he was sentenced to a court-ordered anger management course and community service in Brooklyn after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct for smashing a steel dolly into a bus outside of the Barclays Center. UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa was hospitalized as a result of the attack.

McGregor was arrested in Miami after smashing a fan’s cell phone outside of the Fontainebleu hotel in South Beach. He was also caught on tape punching an elderly man in an Irish pub in 2019.

UFC president Dana White addressed McGregor’s situation on Saturday following the UFC Vegas 10 event.

“I’m not defending Conor in any way shape or form, I don’t know enough about the situation to talk about it at all,” White told reporters. “But I do know I’ve gone out with him publicly before and it is bats–t nuts.

“Whether you’re retired or not retired you can get yourself into trouble.”



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Trevor Engelson’s uncle hits back at claim Meghan Markle’s first husband couldn’t cope with her fame


Of all the unanswered questions about the Duchess of Sussex’s past, perhaps the most intriguing is: why did she divorce her first husband, Trevor Engelson?

He was the hustling film producer with the never-say-die attitude who used every setback in his career — and hers — as a spur to overcome the next challenge.

But after seven years as inseparable boyfriend and girlfriend, then just 23 months of marriage, they split up.

Ever since, it has suited them both to draw a discreet veil over the reasons for their parting. They had new lives and new partners and neither had any wish to dig up the past.

Meghan Markle and film producer Trevor Engelson enjoyed seven years as inseparable boyfriend and girlfriend, then just 23 months of marriage before they separated and both have been discrete about the reasons why since the split with both remarrying and moving on

Meghan Markle and film producer Trevor Engelson enjoyed seven years as inseparable boyfriend and girlfriend, then just 23 months of marriage before they separated and both have been discrete about the reasons why since the split with both remarrying and moving on

For Hollywood producer Engelson, who did so much to propel Meghan to the acting stardom she craved, the incentive to tell must have been greater. Here, after all, was the man who really knew what made the girl who married the Queen’s grandson tick.

Yet despite every inducement, he has gallantly remained silent about the split.

But the publication of Finding Freedom, the controversial — and one-sided — new book about Meghan and Prince Harry, risks changing that.

For amid all the feuding and petty scoresettling with the Royal Family, courtiers and the media, it offers the first insight into Meghan’s view of her earlier marriage and the husband she wed in a romantic oceanside ceremony in Jamaica. And the narrative it presents is brutal and unsavoury.

Trevor, who had been her mentor and soulmate and to whom she had clung as his fortunes rose and hers just bumped along, is portrayed as envious and resentful of her success.

We learn that while they were still dating, Meghan had wondered aloud to her closest friends why ‘Trevor didn’t always act as if he supported her acting career’.

If this was indeed so, one is tempted to ask why she not only stayed with such an unenthusiastic partner but went on to marry him.

Helpfully, there is a ‘friend’ on hand to explain Meghan’s thinking. Apparently, it was all about Trevor being the ‘breadwinner’ on whom Meghan depended for introductions and connections in the film business. But their marriage coincided with her big break as paralegal Rachel in the hit TV series Suits.

‘Suddenly the dynamic was changing,’ the ‘friend’ is quoted as saying, ‘and he [Engelson] didn’t like that.’

Up until then, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand suggest, Trevor was ‘the dominant character’ and Meghan felt he liked her being dependent on him.

This jealousy, the book implies, hastened the breakdown of their relationship. When Trevor was invited to the 2013 Oscars, he went alone. According to the book, he explained it was because he had only one ticket.

That didn’t cut it with Meghan, who, the authors suggest, ‘wondered if he didn’t want to share the spotlight’. Which echoes how Meghan and Harry feel they have been treated by the royals and a Palace establishment that couldn’t cope with their megawatt stardom.

In their eyes, so great was the Sussex roadshow and their soaring popularity, they risked overshadowing the rest of the Queen’s family and therefore represented an existential threat to the wellbeing of the monarchy. Thus they were sidelined, hence Megxit. Or so they have suggested.

But with this argument already unravelling, what should we make of Meghan’s claims about her first marriage?

Finding Freedom, the unofficial biography of Harry and Meghan, was released earlier this week

Finding Freedom, the unofficial biography of Harry and Meghan, was released earlier this week

Just how accurate is this inside view of a couple who even the authors of Finding Freedom — written, remember, with the apparent co-operation of the Duke and Duchess — acknowledge had appeared ‘deliriously in love’?

And is it really true Trevor Engelson was eaten up with envy provoked by Meghan’s success?

Those close to Trevor have a different recollection of events.

Engelson’s uncle, Mickey-Miles Felton, a lacrosse coach from Arizona, is in regular contact with his nephew. ‘Trevor is too good a person to have these kind of thoughts,’ he told the Mail this week. ‘That is not even close to who he is.’

Instead, Mr Felton suggests, the reasons for the divorce given in the book are an attempt to sanitise the reputation of someone ‘who did something wrong and needs to make themselves look good’.

Like everyone else, his nephew was not without faults, he says, but adds: ‘He is not the kind of person who would be jealous of somebody else’s success.

‘He has made successes out of a lot of people who have worked for him. So, I think the word you use in England for this claim would be “rubbish”. We would say “trash”.

‘To me it’s an absurd notion. Whether that makes me naive or not, I don’t know. But in all the years I’ve talked to him, I’ve never heard anything like that.’

Mr Felton added that, as Trevor was in a position to help Meghan when she was an unknown actress, he would have done everything he could to further her career.

‘Wouldn’t you want to help people you are totally in love with? He was just happy for her success. Just thrilled.

‘I’ll tell you something: Trevor has excellent self-esteem. He knows who he is and where he’s going, and he’s not going to be intimidated by his wife’s success.’

A browse through Engelson’s Facebook page reveals that, far from being jealous of Meghan’s career and her breakthrough role, he was clearly proud of it.

When news of her casting in Suits reached the movie-business trade press in 2010, Engelson was quick to share it, re-posting the Hollywood Reporter’s headline ‘Meghan Markle books lead role on Legal Mind’ (the original working title for Suits).

A year later, when the show was about to screen in June 2011, he expressed delight for his ‘bad-ass fiancée’, adding a month later: ‘Suits tonight on USA …my girl rocks!’

He even noted the show’s ratings, ‘liking’ an update that said ‘Suits rises’. When the second series was confirmed in August 2011 — just weeks before Meghan and Trevor were married — Engelson posted: ‘So proud of my girl! Season 2 for Suits! Too cool!’

So perhaps the ‘jealousy’ began after the couple’s wedding, at which they exchanged vows at sunset in the grounds of the luxurious Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios.

But, again, look at the evidence offered by Engelson’s social media page. On January 23, 2013, he posted: ‘Watch Suits tonight … so proud of my amazing wife.’

Yet within a few weeks of this loving endorsement, the marriage was over. The decision to end it was Meghan’s and to Trevor it came ‘totally out of the blue’.

Engelson went from cherishing Meghan to feeling ‘like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe’, was how one chum put it after news broke of her romance with Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle played Rachel Zane in the legal drama Suits between 2011 and 2017 (file photo)

Meghan Markle played Rachel Zane in the legal drama Suits between 2011 and 2017 (file photo)

Finding Freedom offers no further explanation for what happened, apart from the breezy observation that Meghan living in Toronto, Canada, where the cable show was filmed, ‘accelerated the decline of their relationship’.

The book suggests she and Trevor made every effort to spend time together at first, but as the months went by ‘the visits became less frequent’. The end, apparently, was inevitable.

The authors claim Meghan never lost faith ‘that she’d find the one — even if the first time she decided who he was, she’d been wrong’.

Single in Toronto, it wasn’t long before she found love again. She began seeing celebrity chef Cory Vitiello, at the time the city’s ‘No 1 bachelor’. They began dating not long after her divorce from Engelson — citing irreconcilable differences — was finalised.

Soon, Meghan began to acquire some high-powered friends — notably Jessica Mulroney, daughter-in-law of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of current PM Justin Trudeau.

She also joined members’ club Soho House, which had an outpost in Toronto, and became firm friends with its global membership director, Markus Anderson.

She and Vitiello moved into a townhouse in a backstreet, where she lived under the name Meghan Engelson. It was far more modest than the £11 million mansion she and Harry have just bought in Santa Barbara, California.

All the same, this new life was a far cry from the one she had enjoyed with Trevor.

How different it all was when a callow 23-year-old actress not long out of theatre school met the ruggedly good-looking Engelson, five years her senior and making his mark as a film producer and agent.

He was her Svengali, a smart, confident, shoot-from-the-lip New Yorker. And she adored him. As for Trevor, he boasted to his old East Coast friends that he had bagged ‘the hottest chick in California’.

They met in a dive bar in West Hollywood and it wasn’t long before they were living together in a cosy yellow-painted bungalow not far from Sunset Strip.

Meghan was soon adopting her boyfriend’s jaunty one-liners — ‘Don’t give it five minutes if you’re not gonna give it five years,’ was one. Another was, apparently, his opening chat-up line to her: ‘Hope is the greatest currency we have in this business.’

According to Finding Freedom, Meghan was puzzled as to why Trevor didn’t do more to support her career.

Yet he did find roles for her in two films, a short mystery thriller called The Candidate and then a small role in the box-office hit Remember Me, with Twilight star Robert Pattinson.

When it opened in March 2010, Trevor was promoting it on Facebook with a salty phrase. ‘If you don’t see Remember Me . . . this weekend, you’re f****** defriended,’ he declared.

By then, Meghan and the man she called Trevity Trev-Trev were moving towards matrimony.

The ceremony was a lively, rum-fuelled affair remembered chiefly for Meghan’s appearance in a yellow polka-dot bikini and the small bags of cannabis her father Thomas later claimed were offered as a welcome gift to guests.

But in less than two years, Meghan and Trevor had split up.

The ending was abrupt. According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, Meghan sent her wedding and engagement rings back to her husband by post.

Trevor has, so far, said nothing about this version of what remains one of the most heartbreaking episodes in his life. At the time he was grievously hurt and his eyes blazed with anger whenever Meghan’s name was mentioned.

But seven years on, Engelson appears to have put this sad chapter behind him.

Although the Covid pandemic is playing havoc with the schedules of his film and production company, this is a summer of great excitement for him.

Trevor Engelson has since remarried to nutrionist Tracey Kurland and the couple are expecting

Trevor Engelson has since remarried to nutrionist Tracey Kurland and the couple are expecting

Some time during the next few weeks, his second wife, nutritionist Tracey Kurland, is due to have their first baby.

His parents — David, a retired dentist, and Leslie, a speech therapist — will travel from their home in Great Neck, New York, where their son grew up, to help look after the infant.

According to uncle Mickey-Miles, Engelson, 43, has been longing to become a father. As he devoted a decade to Meghan, steering her career, only to find himself dumped when she attained it, many would say his joy will be well deserved.

As for this latest evaluation of his nephew’s first marriage, uncle Mickey-Miles says: ‘It sounds like this book — which I hadn’t even heard about until you called me, and which nobody over here cares about — is rubbish.’

Of the authors, he adds: ‘Who the hell are these people? Who gives a c**p what they say?’

Trevor, he insists, has never mentioned it to him and would have no interest in its contents.



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Biden’s former rivals face questions about Tara Reade’s assault claim from the media before he does


As the mainstream media had finally began acknowledging the sexual assault allegation that was made against former Vice President Joe Biden, a bizarre development has his former 2020 rivals being asked about the controversy before the presumptive Democratic nominee is.

Since Tara Reade, a former staffer of the then senator, spoke out about the alleged 1993 assault in her March 25 interview with podcast host Katie Halper, Biden had made ten appearances on various news networks and did not face a single question about her claims.

However, Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who have both endorsed Biden, were asked to weigh in on the controversy during their televised interviews on Thursday.

Klobuchar, who is also on Biden’s shortlist of potential VP picks, suggested that Reade’s allegation was put to bed during her appearance on MSNBC, pointing to a report The New York Times ran on Easter Sunday.

BIDEN SKATES THROUGH TV INTERVIEWS AS ANCHORS AVOID QUESTIONS ABOUT TARA READE’S ASSAULT CLAIM

“He has said, and I agree with this, ‘You’ve got to get to the bottom of every case and all allegations.’ I think The New York Times — I haven’t read all the stories. I read that one,” Klobuchar told “The Beat” anchor Ari Melber. “Your viewers should read that. It was very thorough. They interviewed people. And I have done a lot of work on this. I actually led the effort to change the rules in the U.S. Senate so that it is easier to bring these cases forward and so that we have taxpayers not paying for bad conduct.”

She continued, “I think this case has been investigated. I know the vice president as a major leader on domestic abuse, I worked with him on that. And I think that, again, the viewers should read the article. It was very thorough.”

Hours earlier, Biden appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” alongside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, but was not asked about the allegation.

Sanders, who suspended his presidential campaign last week and officially endorsed Biden on Monday, was asked about remarks made by his progressive ally Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who said on Tuesday that Reade’s allegation is “legitimate to talk about.”

“Do you agree?” Tony Dokoupil of “CBS This Morning” asked.

“I think it’s relevant and to talk about anything. And I think any woman who feels that she was assaulted has every right in the world to stand up and make her claims,” Sanders responded. “I think that she has the right to make her claims and get a public hearing and the public will make their own conclusions about it. I just don’t know enough about it to comment further.”

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Katie Halper, the progressive podcast host who interviewed Reade last month, slammed the media, saying it has given Sanders a “harder time than Biden” on Biden’s own sexual assault allegation.

While Klobuchar and Sanders were asked about Reade’s allegation, Biden skated through 10 different interviews, including with CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Brooke Baldwin, MSNBC anchors Nicolle Wallace and Brian Williams, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, and NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

“If the liberal media think they can put to rest the calls for coverage of Tara Reade’s allegations by asking major Democratic Party figures other than Biden, they’re severely mistaken,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News. “The person at the center of this story has yet to be asked in broadcast and cable network interviews. And for that, the liberal media will continue to beclown itself in failing to educate voters about the 2020 campaign and instead bolster the notion that they are willingly putting their thumb on the scales for Biden.”

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Progressive journalist Walker Bragman said it is “immensely revealing” that Biden has done so many interviews since Reade came forward and faced “a total of zero questions on the subject.”

“Back in January, a private dinner conversation between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren sparked a week-long news cycle. Reade’s allegation was ignored for weeks,” Bragman told Fox News, referring to the sexism-charged feud between the two candidates earlier this year. “When it was covered, it was downplayed with the New York Times stealth editing its report to remove references to the other accusation of impropriety Biden has faced from multiple other women.”

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For nearly three weeks, there was a complete media blackout of Reade’s claim. The tides began to shift following Rich McHugh’s report in Business Insider last Friday that Reade had filed a criminal complaint against Biden.

The New York Times ran its first report on the morning of Easter Sunday while The Washington Post and NBC News published theirs hours later.

ABC News republished a report from the Associated Press but has yet to mention it on-air. CBS News reported the allegation on its website on Tuesday and on-air during Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.”

CNN is the only major news outlet to have completely avoided Reade’s claims.

Reade’s story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept. Podcast host Katie Halper then interviewed Reade, who said that in 1993, a more senior member of Biden’s staff asked her to bring the then-senator his gym bag near the Capitol building, which led to the encounter in question.

“He greeted me, he remembered my name, and then we were alone. It was the strangest thing,” Reade told Halper. “There was no like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall.”

Reade said she tried to share her story last year, but nobody listened to her. This past Thursday, she filed a criminal complaint against Biden with police in Washington, D.C.

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The Biden campaign vehemently denied Reade’s allegation.

“Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” Kate Bedingfield, the deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden campaign, said in a statement to Fox News.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman, Tyler Olson, and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 



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Scandinavian woman ‘forced to withdraw rape claim’ in case similar to British teen’s Cyprus ordeal


The British woman is led into a courthouse in Paralimni, Cyprus - AFP
The British woman is led into a courthouse in Paralimni, Cyprus – AFP

A Scandinavian woman says she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim or face arrest, in a striking parallel to the case of a British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean island.

The Scandinavian woman said police officers questioned her aggressively for several hours after she was raped by two men outside a nightclub.

The officers accused her of lying and said that if she did not withdraw the rape claim they would arrest her and send her to prison.

Her account bears striking similarities to the alleged treatment of a British teenager who was convicted last week of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli tourists in the resort town of Ayia Napa.

She made the initial complaint in July but 10 days later, after being questioned without a lawyer for eight hours in a police station, signed a retraction statement.

<span>The alleged gang rape of the British teenager happened in the resort of Ayia Napa</span> <span>Credit: AFP </span>
The alleged gang rape of the British teenager happened in the resort of Ayia Napa Credit: AFP

She faces sentencing on Tuesday  and could be jailed for up to a year and fined 1,700 euro (£1,500) at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni.

The 19-year-old British woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the trial that officers threatened to arrest her and her friends unless she retracted the claims of being gang raped by a group of young Israeli men.

After reading about the Ayia Napa case, the Scandinavian woman decided to come forward with her account of similar treatment at the hands of the Cypriot police 20 years ago.

It is the first time she has spoken publicly of the assault and has previously only discussed it with her doctor and her husband.

Now aged 43, she was 21 when she met the men in a nightclub in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, in January 1998.

They offered to give her a lift to her hotel. Instead, they raped her in a car park. “I fought for my life and thought I was going to die,” she told The Telegraph.

She went to the nearest police station to report the rape and was taken to a hospital for an examination.

She was then taken to a police station for questioning. “The main investigator was extremely brutal and aggressive. I was in big shock so I had some difficulties remembering details.

“This made him very angry. He then started accusing me of making the whole story up to receive money from my insurance company.”

The same allegation was made by in court by Cypriot police against the British woman.

Both alleged victims said they were mystified by the accusation because they did not think that holiday insurance covered rape and had no intention of claiming any financial compensation.

“I was very afraid and felt trapped in the room with them. They treated me as a big criminal. They kept me in the police station for many hours. They told me that if I didn’t withdraw the rape allegation they would arrest me and send me to prison. So I did and they let me go,” said the Scandinavian woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

She said she was still deeply affected by the ordeal and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder – just like the British teenager who is on trial. “The treatment I received from police was terrible,” she said.

<span>Michael Polak, a British lawyer representing the teenager in the trial</span> <span>Credit: AFP </span>
Michael Polak, a British lawyer representing the teenager in the trial Credit: AFP

Michael Polak, a British lawyer representing the British woman, told The Telegraph: “This case bears remarkable similarities to the teenager’s case. It raises serious questions about the investigation of rape in Cyprus and the treatment of rape complainants there.”

In a report in 1998, a Norwegian newspaper claimed that police on the island routinely dismissed rape claims, treating the victims as liars.

The report quoted a Norwegian tour operator who said that “police never take rape claims seriously. All such claims are treated as false.”

“Police have a theory that tourists make such allegations so they can claim expenses for their holiday,” the report said.

A senior Cyprus police officer was quoted as saying: “Why rape when it’s so easy to find somebody to have sex with?”



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TRNSMT Festival bosses claim gender-balanced line-up is on its way


Gender-balanced festivals are on their way (Picture: REX/Getty)

TRNSMT festival bosses claimed a gender-balanced line-up is on its way but more women need to be ‘picking up guitars’.

The 50/50 ratio may take ‘several years’ as Festival bosses believe there are more male artists.

Festival director, Geoff Ellis, said: ‘We’d love there to be a higher representation of females but there isn’t, certainly on the acts we’re announcing today.

‘It will be a while until there’s a 50/50 balance. That’s definitely several years ahead for any major festival to achieve because there’s far, far less female artists.

‘We need to get more females picking up guitars, forming bands, playing in bands. There are less female acts to go around.’

TRNSMT recently released some of the acts for 2020, and it includes The Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Foals, Keane, Lewis Capaldi and Ian Brown.

Only two of the acts so far are women: Rita Ora and Little Simz.

Lewis is playing for the fourth year in a row (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rita is ‘arena level’ already (Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

‘There’s definitely more to come – they’re just not over the line yet,’ he added.

The festival’s Queen Tut’s stage – which is for only female acts – will return at next year’s event.

‘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 grassroots level and there are less female artists around,’ Geoff continued.

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

Geoff also had to defend the line-up for looking too similar to last year’s one.

Little Simz had a busy year starring in Top Boy (Picture: APA-PictureDesk GmbH/REX)

2020 will be the fourth year Lewis Capaldi headlines the festival, while both Liam Gallagher and The Courteeners have played two years ago.

He blames a mixture of a lack of headline acts and Brexit for ruining availabilities of artists.

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Geoff said: ‘We all know there aren’t a lot of festival headliners out there. It’s been the case for the past decade.

‘If you look at T in the Park, the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters played quite often.’

TRNSMT festival will take place on 10-12 July 2020.



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