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 3 years, Lilith Fair raised over $10M for women's charities throughout North America.


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]



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 and venues=
Saturday July 5George, WAThe Gorge
Sunday July 6Salem, ORL.B. Day Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 8Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday July 9Irvine, CAIrvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Thursday July 10Phoenix, AZDesert Sky Pavilion
Saturday July 12Winter Park, COWinter Park Music Festival
Monday July 14Bonner Springs, KSSandstone Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 15Maryland Heights, MORiverport Amphitheatre
Thursday July 17Cuyahoga Falls, OHBlossom Music Center
Friday July 18Clarkston, MIPine Knob Music Theatre
Saturday July 19Clarkston, MIPine Knob Music Theatre
Sunday July 20Canandaigua, NYFinger Lakes P.A.C.
Tuesday July 22Mansfield, MAGreat Woods Center
Thursday July 24Hartford, CTMeadows Music Theatre
Friday July 25Wantagh, NYJones Beach
Saturday July 26Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Sunday July 27Camden, NJBlockbuster-Sony E-Centre
Tuesday July 29Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
Wednesday July 30Raleigh, NCWalnut Creek Pavilion
Thursday July 31Charlotte, NCBlockbuster Pavilion
Friday August 1Atlanta, GACoca Cola Lakewood
Sunday August 3Woodlands, TXWoodlands
Monday August 4Dallas, TXStarplex
Wednesday August 6Antioch, TNStarwood Amphitheatre
Thursday August 7Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
Friday August 8Noblesville, INDeer Creek Music Center
Saturday August 9Chicago, ILNew World Music Theater
Sunday August 10Columbus, OHPolaris Amphitheater
Tuesday August 12Burgettstown, PAStar Lake
Wednesday August 13Scranton, PAMontage Mountain
Friday August 15Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Saturday August 16Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Sunday August 17Montreal, QCStade Du Maurier
Tuesday August 19Milwaukee, WIMarcus Amphitheatre
Wednesday August 20Shakopee, MNCanterbury Park
Friday August 22Calgary, ABMcMahon Stadium
Sunday August 24Vancouver, BCThunderbird Stadium


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.

Village Stage artists

Julianne Blue

Dates and venues
Friday June 19Portland, ORCivic Stadium
Saturday June 20George, WAThe Gorge Amphitheatre
Sunday June 21George, WAThe Gorge Amphitheatre
Tuesday June 23Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday June 24Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Friday June 26Del Mar, CADel Mar Fairgrounds
Saturday June 27Pasadena, CARose Bowl
Sunday June 28Phoenix, AZDesert Sky Pavilion
Monday June 29Bernalillo, NMNew Mexico Wine Festival
Wednesday July 1Oklahoma City, OKAll Sports Stadium
Thursday July 2Bonner Springs, KSSandstone Amphitheatre
Saturday July 4Noblesville, INDeer Creek
Sunday July 5Columbus, OHPolaris Amphitheater
Monday July 6Clarkston, MIPine Knob Music Theatre
Tuesday July 7Clarkston, MIPine Knob Music Theatre
Wednesday July 8Clarkston, MIPine Knob
Friday July 10Rochester, NYFinger Lakes
Saturday July 11Hartford, CTMeadows Music Theatre
Sunday July 12Saratoga Springs, NYSaratoga Performing Arts Center
Monday July 13Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Wednesday July 15Jones Beach TheaterJones Beach Theatre
Thursday July 16Wantagh, NYJones Beach Theater
Friday July 17Camden, NJBlockbuster-Sony E-Centre
Saturday July 18Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
Sunday July 19Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
Tuesday July 21Virginia Beach, VAGTE Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
Wednesday July 22Raleigh, NCHardee’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Thursday July 23Charlotte, NCBlockbuster Pavilion
Friday July 24Atlanta, GACoca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sunday July 26West Palm Beach, FLCoral Sky Amphitheatre
Monday July 27Orlando, FLCentral Florida Fairgrounds
Wednesday July 29Houston, TXWoodlands Pavilion
Thursday July 30Houston, TXWoodlands Pavilion
Friday July 31Austin, TXSouth Park Meadows
Saturday August 1Dallas, TXCoca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre
Monday August 3Nashville, TNStarwood Amphitheatre
Tuesday August 4St. Louis, MORiverport Amphitheatre
Wednesday August 5Tinley Park, ILnew World Music Theatre
Thursday August 6Cleveland, OHBlossom Music Center
Saturday August 8Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
Sunday August 9Pittsburgh, PAStar Lake Amphitheatre
Monday August 10Hershey, PAHershey Park Stadium
Tuesday August 11Mansfield, MAGreat Woods
Wednesday August 12Mansfield, MAGreat Woods
Friday August 14Ottawa, ONLansdowne Park
Saturday August 15Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Sunday August 16Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Monday August 17Darien, NYDarien Lake Theme Park Resort
Wednesday August 19Milwaukee, WIMarcus Amphitheatre
Thursday, August 20Milwaukee, WIMarcus Amphitheatre
Friday August 21Minneapolis, MNCanterbury Park
Sunday August 23Denver, COFiddlers Green Amphitheatre
Tuesday August 25Park City, UTThe Canyons/Wolf Mountain Ski Resort
Wednesday August 26Nampa, IDIdaho Center Amphitheatre
Friday August 28Calgary, ABMcMahon Stadium
Saturday August 29Edmonton, ABCommonwealth Stadium
Monday August 31Vancouver, BCThunderbird Stadium


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
Thursday July 8Vancouver, BCThunderbird Stadium
Friday July 9George, WAThe Gorge Amphitheatre
Saturday July 10George, WAThe Gorge
Sunday July 11Portland, ORCivic Stadium
Tuesday July 13Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday July 14Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Friday July 16San Diego, CACoors Amphitheatre
Saturday July 17Pasadena, CARose Bowl
Sunday July 18Phoenix, AZDesert Sky Pavilion
Tuesday July 20Austin, TXSouth Park Meadows
Wednesday July 21Dallas, TXStarplex Amphitheatre
Friday July 23Atlanta, GALakewood Amphitheatre
Saturday July 24Atlanta, GALakewood Amphitheatre
Sunday July 25Nashville, TNFirst American Music Center
Tuesday July 27Charlotte, North CarolinaBlockbuster Pavilion
Wednesday July 28Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
Friday July 30Camden, NJBlockbuster Sony E-Centre
Saturday July 31Hershey, PAHersheypark Stadium
Sunday August 1Canandaigua, NYFinger Lakes Community College
Tuesday August 3Mansfield, MATweeter Center
Wednesday August 4Hartford, CTMeadows Music Theatre
Friday August 6Wantagh, NYJones Beach Theater
Saturday August 7Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Sunday August 8Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Tuesday August 10Columbus, OHPolaris Amphitheater
Wednesday August 11Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
Friday August 13Pittsburgh, PAStar Lake Amphitheatre
Saturday August 14Detroit, MIPine Knob
Sunday August 15Detroit, MIPine Knob
Tuesday August 17Cleveland, OHBlossom Music Center
Wednesday August 18Indianapolis, INDeer Creek Music Center
Thursday August 19Chicago, ILWorld Music Theater
Saturday August 21Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Sunday August 22Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Tuesday August 24Milwaukee, WIMarcus Amphitheater
Wednesday August 25Shakopee, MNCanterbury Park
Thursday August 26Bonner Springs, KSSandstone Amphitheatre
Saturday August 28Denver, COFiddlers Green Amphitheatre
Sunday August 29Denver, COFiddlers Green Amphitheatre
Tuesday August 31Edmonton, ABCommonwealth Stadium

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 and venues
Sunday June 27Calgary, ABMcMahon Stadium
Monday June 28Edmonton, ABRexall Place
Thursday July 1West Vancouver, BCAmbleside Park
Friday July 2Vancouver, WAThe Amphitheater at Clark County
Saturday July 3George, WAThe Gorge Amphitheatre
Monday July 5Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday July 7San Diego, CACricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Friday July 9Las Vegas, NVMandalay Bay Events Center
Saturday July 10Irvine, CAVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 13Denver, COComfort Dental Amphitheatre
Thursday July 15Kansas City, MOCapitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
Friday July 16St. Louis, MOVerizon Wireless Amphitheater
Saturday July 17Chicago, ILFirst Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sunday July 18Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
Tuesday July 20Indianapolis, INVerizon Wireless Music Center
Wednesday July 21Detroit, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
Saturday July 24Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 27Cleveland, OHBlossom Music Center
Wednesday July 28Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
Friday July 30Mansfield, MAComcast Center
Saturday July 31Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Sunday August 1Hartford, CTComcast Theatre
Tuesday August 3Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Donna Freydkin (1998-07-28). "Lilith Fair: Lovely, lively and long overdue". CNN. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ Augusta Georgia: features@ugusta: Lilith's Leader 07/16/98
  3. ^ glbtq >> arts >> Music: Popular
  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. 
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