Lilith Fair

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The main stage, September 22, 1998, Great Woods, Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Lilith Fair was a concert tour and travelling music festival, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk Music Group's Dan Fraser and Terry McBride, and New York talent agent Marty Diamond. It took place during the summers of 1997 to 1999, and was revived in the summer of 2010. It consisted solely of female solo artists and female-led bands. In its initial three years, Lilith Fair raised over $10M for women's charities throughout North America.[citation needed]

History[edit]

In 1996, Canadian Sarah McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row.[1] Bucking conventional industry wisdom, she booked a successful tour for herself and Paula Cole. At least one of their appearances together — in McLachlan's home town, on September 14, 1996 — went by the name "Lilith Fair" and included performances by McLachlan, Cole, Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey, formerly of Crash Vegas.

The next year, McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour, taking Lilith from the medieval Jewish legend that Lilith was Adam's first wife.

In 1997, Lilith Fair garnered a $16 million gross, making it the top-grossing of any touring festival.[1] Among all concert tours for that year, it was the 16th highest grossing.[1]

The festival received several pejorative nicknames, including "Breast-fest" and "Girlapalooza".[2][3]

In 2010, Lilith Fair staged a revival with mixed results, as several dates were canceled and many performers backed out of scheduled performances.

In March 2011, co-founder Sarah McLachlan declared that the Lilith concept was no longer being considered for future shows, due to changing audience views and expectations.[4]

Performers[edit]

1997[edit]

The artists appearing at Lilith Fair varied by date (with McLachlan and Suzanne Vega the only artists to play all dates). Appearances were organized into three stages. Almost all Village Stage artists performed only one or two dates. Many of them won slots on the bill in a series of local talent searches in their home cities.

Dates

1998[edit]

The artists appearing at Lilith Fair varied by date (with McLachlan the only artist to play all dates).[5] Appearances were organized into three stages. Almost all Village Stage artists performed only one or two dates. Many of them won slots on the bill in a series of local talent searches in their home cities.

Dates
DateCityCountryVenue
June 19PortlandUnited StatesCivic Stadium
June 20GeorgeThe Gorge Amphitheatre
June 21
June 23Mountain ViewShoreline Amphitheatre
June 24
June 26Del MarDel Mar Fairgrounds
June 27PasadenaRose Bowl
June 28PhoenixDesert Sky Pavilion
June 29BernalilloNew Mexico Wine Festival
July 1Oklahoma CityAll Sports Stadium
July 2Bonner SpringsSandstone Amphitheatre
July 4NoblesvilleDeer Creek
July 5ColumbusPolaris Amphitheater
July 6ClarkstonPine Knob Music Theatre
July 7
July 8
July 10RochesterFinger Lakes
July 11HartfordMeadows Music Theatre
July 12Saratoga SpringsSaratoga Performing Arts Center
July 13HolmdelPNC Bank Arts Center
July 15WantaghJones Beach Theatre
July 16
July 17CamdenBlockbuster-Sony E-Centre
July 18ColumbiaMerriweather Post Pavilion
July 19
July 21Virginia BeachGTE Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
July 22RaleighHardee’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 23CharlotteBlockbuster Pavilion
July 24AtlantaCoca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
DateCityCountryVenue
July 26West Palm BeacchUnited StatesCoral Sky Amphitheatre
July 27OrlandoCentral Florida Fairgrounds
July 29The WoodlandsWoodlands Pavilion
July 30
July 31AustinSouth Park Meadows
August 1DallasCoca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre
August 3AntiochStarwood Amphitheatre
August 4Maryland HeightsRiverport Amphitheatre
August 5Tinley ParkNew World Music Theatre
August 6Cuyahoga FallsBlossom Music Center
August 8CincinnatiRiverbend Music Center
August 9BurgettstownStar Lake Amphitheatre
August 10HersheyHersheypark Stadium
August 11MansfieldGreat Woods
August 12
August 14OttawaCanadaLansdowne Park
August 15TorontoMolson Amphitheatre
August 16
August 17DarienUnited StatesDarien Lake Theme Park Resort
Wednesday August 19MilwaukeeMarcus Amphitheater
August 20
August 21ShakopeeCanterbury Park
August 23Greenwood VillageFiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 25Park CityThe Canyons/Wolf Mountain Ski Resort
August 26NampaIdaho Center Amphitheatre
August 28CalgaryCanadaMcMahon Stadium
August 29EdmontonCommonwealth Stadium
August 31VancouverThunderbird Stadium

1999[edit]

The artists appearing at Lilith Fair varied by date (with McLachlan the only artist to play all dates).[5] Appearances were organized into three stages.

Village Stage artists
Dates and venues

2010 revival[edit]

In an April 25, 2009, Twitter post, Nettwerk founder Terry McBride announced that a Lilith Fair tour through North America would be relaunched for the summer of 2010, with a two-week tour of Europe to follow.

The tour was plagued with financial problems from the beginning. The first seven shows were sparsely attended and the eighth show was the first to be cancelled. Initially Sarah McLachlan claimed (in an interview posted on the Arizona Republic website on July 9) that the July 8th Phoenix show was canceled in protest of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which she strongly opposes.[6]

The tour fell apart on the road as headliners Carly Simon, Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson, The Go-Go's, and Queen Latifah dropped out of the tour, fearing that they would not be paid for their performances.[5]

Due to poor ticket sales, 13 shows (about one-third of the tour) were scratched (two announced on June 25,[7] ten more on July 1,[8] one additional on July 2)[9] and one reassigned to a smaller venue.

The artists appearing at Lilith Fair vary by date (with McLachlan the only artist to play all dates).[5] Appearances are organized into three stages. Below is a list of artists who have performed at Lilith Fair in the 2010 revival.

Dates
DateCityCountryVenue
June 27CalgaryCanadaMcMahon Stadium
June 28EdmontonRexall Place
July 1West VancouverAmbleside Park
July 2RidgefieldUnited StatesThe Amphitheater at Clark County
July 3GeorgeThe Gorge Amphitheatre
July 5Mountain ViewShoreline Amphitheatre
July 7Chula VistaCricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 9Las VegasMandalay Bay Events Center
July 10IrvineVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 13Greenwood VillageComfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 15Bonner SpringsCapitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
July 16Maryland HeightsVerizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 17Tinley ParkFirst Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 18MinneapolisTarget Center
July 20NoblesvilleVerizon Wireless Music Center
July 21ClarkstonDTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24TorontoCanadaMolson Amphitheatre
July 27Cuyahoga FallsUnited StatesBlossom Music Center
July 28CamdenSusquehanna Bank Center
July 30MansfieldComcast Center
July 31HolmdelPNC Bank Arts Center
August 1HartfordComcast Theatre
August 3ColumbiaMerriweather Post Pavilion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Donna Freydkin (1998-07-28). "Lilith Fair: Lovely, lively and long overdue". CNN. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "ARTS : Music: Popular". Glbtq.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  4. ^ MARSHA LEDERMAN (2011-03-08). "Sarah McLachlan says Lilith Fair is over". Toronto Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Artists". Lilith Fair. 1999. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  6. ^ Ed Masley (2010-07-09). "Sarah McLachlan: Lilith Fair was a protest cancellation". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Alex (2010-06-25). "Lilith Fair Dates Cancelled Due to Poor Ticket Sales". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ "Vancouver's Steph Macpherson to kick off Lilith". Canada.com. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 

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