Maybe I’m jaded, but most music festivals don’t seem worth the cost and the crowds for me. I’ll meander over to Chicago’s Blues Fest and lie in the grass every summer, but generally avoid the likes of Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Festival. Next year, however, I may have to change my tune: Lilith Fair is back, my friends.
After a 10 year hiatus, the all-ladies music festival is slated to return in 2010. Terry McBride, chief executive of Nettwerk Music Group, made the announcement over the weekend via Twitter but was tight-lipped when asked further questions about the festival.
Lilith Fair was started by Sarah McLachlan in 1997 and over three-years featured performances by Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, Sheryl Crow, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Erika Badu, Missy Elliot, Liz Phair, Sinead O’Connor, Queen Latifah and a slew more. (Fun fact: Tegan and Sara played a tiny stage at a few Lilith Fair concerts in 1999.)
While the original festival toured the U.S. and Canada, the McBride only mentioned a two week tour of the U.K. and Europe in his Twitter post.
When Billboard inquired further , McBride said, “The only thing that I am saying is that Lilith Fair will be back for the summer of 2010.”
Let’s hope they do some U.S. dates too, because this is something I would actually fork out some cash to see.
Lilith Fair jokes and puns were all the rage in the late-’90s — probably because people couldn’t handle the concept of a music festival being more than 15 percent female. Some called it “Breast-fest” and “Girlapalooza,” failing to notice the insanely talented performers who got their names out through the festival.
Just weeks after VH1 decided to bring back its Divas show , it looks like the “women who rock” phase is coming back. Oh, don’t we all miss that horrifying title?
Will McLachlan be involved in the festival’s reincarnation? Still no word, but we will keep our ears to the ground.
Are you excited about Lilith’s comeback? What would be your dream Lilith Fair line-up?