Lilith Fair

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 charity.[1]


In 1996, Canadian Sarah McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row.[2] 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.[2] Among all concert tours for that year, it was the 16th highest grossing.[2]

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.[3]



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.



The artists appearing at Lilith Fair varied by date (with McLachlan the only artist to play all dates).[4] 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
Date City Country Venue
June 19 Portland United States Civic Stadium
June 20 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
June 21
June 23 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 24
June 26 Del Mar Del Mar Fairgrounds
June 27 Pasadena Rose Bowl
June 28 Phoenix Desert Sky Pavilion
June 29 Bernalillo New Mexico Wine Festival
July 1 Oklahoma City All Sports Stadium
July 2 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheatre
July 4 Noblesville Deer Creek
July 5 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
July 6 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
July 7
July 8
July 10 Rochester Finger Lakes
July 11 Hartford Meadows Music Theatre
July 12 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 13 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 15 Wantagh Jones Beach Theatre
July 16
July 17 Camden Blockbuster-Sony E-Centre
July 18 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 19
July 21 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
July 22 Raleigh Hardee's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 23 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
July 24 Atlanta Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
Date City Country Venue
July 26 West Palm Beacch United States Coral Sky Amphitheatre
July 27 Orlando Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 29 The Woodlands Woodlands Pavilion
July 30
July 31 Austin South Park Meadows
August 1 Dallas Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre
August 3 Antioch Starwood Amphitheatre
August 4 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheatre
August 5 Tinley Park New World Music Theatre
August 6 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
August 8 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
August 9 Burgettstown Star Lake Amphitheatre
August 10 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
August 11 Mansfield Great Woods
August 12
August 14 Ottawa Canada Lansdowne Park
August 15 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
August 16
August 17 Darien United States Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
Wednesday August 19 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
August 20
August 21 Shakopee Canterbury Park
August 23 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 25 Park City The Canyons/Wolf Mountain Ski Resort
August 26 Nampa Idaho Center Amphitheatre
August 28 Calgary Canada McMahon Stadium
August 29 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium
August 31 Vancouver Thunderbird Stadium


The artists appearing at Lilith Fair varied by date (with McLachlan the only artist to play all dates).[4] Appearances were organized into three stages.

Village Stage artists
Dates and venues

2010 revival

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 8 Phoenix show was canceled in protest of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which she strongly opposes.[5]

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.[4]

Due to poor ticket sales, 13 shows (about one-third of the tour) were scratched (two announced on June 25,[6] ten more on July 1,[7] one additional on July 2)[8] 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).[4] Appearances are organized into three stages. Below is a list of artists who have performed at Lilith Fair in the 2010 revival.

Date City Country Venue
June 27 Calgary Canada McMahon Stadium
June 28 Edmonton Rexall Place
July 1 West Vancouver Ambleside Park
July 2 Ridgefield United States The Amphitheater at Clark County
July 3 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 5 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 7 Chula Vista Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 9 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
July 10 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 13 Greenwood Village Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 15 Bonner Springs Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
July 16 Maryland Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 18 Minneapolis Target Center
July 20 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 21 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
July 27 Cuyahoga Falls United States Blossom Music Center
July 28 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center
July 30 Mansfield Comcast Center
July 31 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
August 1 Hartford Comcast Theatre
August 3 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion

See also


  1. Pellegrinelli, Lara (19 July 2010). "With Sales Lagging, Lilith Fair Faces Question Of Relevance". NPR. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Donna Freydkin (1998-07-28). "Lilith Fair: Lovely, lively and long overdue". CNN. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  3. MARSHA LEDERMAN (2011-03-08). "Sarah McLachlan says Lilith Fair is over". Toronto Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "Artists". Lilith Fair. 1999. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  5. Ed Masley (2010-07-09). "Sarah McLachlan: Lilith Fair was a protest cancellation". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  6. Hudson, Alex (2010-06-25). "Lilith Fair Dates Cancelled Due to Poor Ticket Sales". Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  7. Archived July 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. Archived July 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. "Vancouver's Steph Macpherson to kick off Lilith". 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
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