From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with over 1.5 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local charities. Founded by Grammy-award winning artist Sarah McLachlan along with Dan Fraser, Marty Diamond and Terry McBride, Lilith Fair was the only tour of its kindâ€”a celebration of women in music featuring artists like Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu, The Dixie Chicks, Missy Elliot, The Pretenders, Nelly Furtado, Jewel, Queen Latifah, Indigo Girls, Tegan and Sara and of course, Sarah McLachlan.
In 1996, Sarah McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row. 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. Among all concert tours for that year, it was the 16th highest grossing.
Because of its all-female line up, the festival received several pejorative nicknames, including “Breast-fest” and “Girlapalooza”
Nearly 6 months ago, Nettwerk CEO and Lilith Fair co-founder Terry McBride announced that the all-female festival would make its return in Summer 2010. No dates have been announced yet, but the tour is officially slated to hit the following cities –
* Atlanta, GA
* Boston, MA
* Calgary, AB
* Chicago, IL
* Dallas, TX
* Denver, CO
* London, UK
* Los Angeles, CA
* Minneapolis, MN
* Montreal, QC
* New York, NY
* Philadelphia, PA
* Portland, OR
* Seattle, WA
* San Francisco, CA
* Toronto, ON
* Vancouver, BC
* Washington, DC
â€œBeing a part of Lilith Fair was inspiring on so many levels. Besides discovering new music everyday and sharing the stage with an incredible array of talented women, it was wonderful to see established and new artists alike have the opportunity to play in front of much larger or more diverse audiences than usual. With that in mind, I am thrilled to announce the first set of artists for Lilith 2010.â€
â€“ Lilith co-founder and main stage headliner Sarah McLachlan
Thus far the lineup includes the likes of: Erykah Badu, Metric, Sugarland, Indigo Girls, Jill Scott, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Tegan and Sara, Sarah McLachlan, and many others. To check out the full lineup, and view the most recent updates, check out the Lilith Fair Website