January 13, 2009

Lilith Fair 2009?

ENTERTAINMENT - Its been ten years since Lilith Fair toured the United States and Canada, spreading girl power music through a series of concerts featuring Sarah McLaclan, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Dixie Chicks, Deborah Cox, Queen Latifah, Lisa Loeb, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Liz Phair and many others.

For three years (1997 - 1999) Lilith Fair toured and it all started in 1996 when Sarah McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row.

Ignoring the critics Sarah McLachlan booked a successful tour for herself and Paula Cole. On September 14th 1996 they made a concert called "Lilith Fair" and included performances by McLachlan, Cole, Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey.

The concert was so successful Sarah McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour, taking Lilith from the Jewish legend that Lilith was Adam's first wife, giving Lilith Fair a feminist vibe. Because of its all-female line up the festival received several nicknames including "Breast-fest", "Girlapalooza", and "Lesbopalooza".

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

In 2008 Sarah McLachlan released a greatest hits album (Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan) and came out of retirement. Lilith Fair fans, ourselves included, are wondering if McLachlan will restart the Lilith Fair brand and go on tour again in 2009.

If she does where do we buy tickets? We can barely wait.

See Also:

A Guide to Feminist Music
Feminist Music in Canada
New Wave Feminist Music
Women's Radio Programs
Riot Grrls in Music


  1. I heard... and I hope... Lilith Fair 2009... Featuring... and I hope... FIONA?


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