Despite the vast range of female headliners, CEO Anders Eriksson insists that gender has nothing to do with the bookings. “It’s simply because these performers are absolutely incredible. Our aim is to be artistic rather than politically correct,” he says. And there are quite exciting men in the festival line-up too – like the extraordinary tuba players of the Microtub trio, or the unbelievable musical entertainers Polkabjørn and Kleine Heine, making the festival club audience gasp for air. ILIOS always presents a festival exhibition, linking music and other art formats.