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No More Lilith?

11:01 AM Wednesday 3/9/11 | |

Don’t expect “Lilith Fair” to play your town this year or, apparently, any year. So says Lilith co-founder Sarah McLachlan.

  • Sarah McLachlan

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn.
    January 11, 2011

    (George Tazzini / PhotosFromToday.com)


It’s no secret that the 2010 Lilith didn’t achieve the box office success it was known for when the female-centric concert tour first appeared in 1997 and took to the road each summer through 1999. Revived 11 years later, last year’s Lilith experienced light sales resulting in some shows being canceled or downsized to smaller venues.

Now it looks as if McLachan is finished with Lilith. According to Canada’s Globe And Mail newspaper, comments McLachlan recently made while in Calgary for a performance indicated the tour had run its course.

“It’s done,” McLachlan said, according to newspaper. “And that’s okay. It’s actually a good thing."

“[It’s] about learning more from our failures than our successes, and it was a beautiful organic event that happened at a point in time when it was really needed. And bringing the same thing back last year really didn’t make any sense, in retrospect, without due diligence being done on how women have changed. Because in 12 years, women have changed a lot. Their expectations have changed, the way they view the world has changed, and that was not taken into consideration, which I blame myself for.”

But McLachlan isn’t completely writing off Lilith. The artist also said she’s thinking of applying ideas from Lilith and “maybe doing something new and different.”

  • Sheryl Crow

    Lilith Fair, McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB, Canada
    June 27, 2010

    (AP Photo / The Canadian Press)


Click here to read the complete Globe And Mail article.


  1. krantz99 wrote:

    08:30 AM, Mar 10, 2011

    Not sure what the big mystery is. Leaving aside childish comments, it was an event drastically over priced way beyond any reasonable expectations. Once that was set in motion even all the price reductions could not save it. Also, when the Lilith Fair first came around it was before concert pricing had exploded through the roof. So it was an event to give young female artists a stage as well as a few established performers. This version was too much of already highly paid stars who did not need to be gathered together as they already had established audiences of their own.

  2. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    03:49 PM, Mar 09, 2011

    One problem with last year's Lilith might have been that each line-up was so drastically different. I would have definitely gone to a line-up in Las Vegas that included all of the top artists instead of what we got.

    And to address the cowards trolling Pollstar Comments is to give them fuel. Simply ignore. They're irrelevant.


  3. IowaKC wrote:

    02:54 PM, Mar 09, 2011

    Perhaps the problem was marketing the event exclusively to women, thereby eliminating half your potential audience, plus portions of the other half that might like to attend with a man.  Seems quite shortsighted, as well as sexist.  McLachlan and the other performers have many male fans, and treating them as an afterthought, if even that, might not be the recipe for box office success.

  4. BlakNo1 wrote:

    02:46 PM, Mar 09, 2011

    Truly, the internet is full of ugly men who couldn't get laid in a whorehouse with a wallet full of hundreds.

  5. mooshka19 wrote:

    02:18 PM, Mar 09, 2011

    Well, women have changed, but apparently, from these three comments some men haven't. Grow up, boys.

  6. El Perro wrote:

    01:04 PM, Mar 09, 2011

    Headline performer on the Dou/chefest, above

  7. teamcoco wrote:

    11:22 AM, Mar 09, 2011

    You can't say D-Y-K-E?

    How about lesbofest?  Can I say that?

  8. teamcoco wrote:

    11:20 AM, Mar 09, 2011

    No kidding?  Shocker?  Nobody wants to see a full on ***-fest!  

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