The History of Lilith Fair
Lilith Fair was a concert tour and music festival founded by Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan,where female singers and music professionals featured prominently. The Lilith Fair festival took place from 1997 to 1999. Despite the short duration, the influence of the project was extremely striking and historical. The festival returned in 2010. The name of the festival actually refers to the ancient mythological figure of Lilith, a demon of Sumerian mythology and in some Jewish legends, the first wife of Adam. Lilith is also the title of a book by fantasy author, George MacDonald.
Goals of Lilith Fair
Sarah McLachlan was frustrated in 1996 because of concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female artists/voices back to back. Breaking a tradition maintained insistently by the American music industry, she organized a successful tour along with Paula Cole (However, McLachlan stated that despite the feminist claim concept, the festival was, above all, about the music itself). At least in a show where they performed together—in McLachlan’s native Canada on September 14, 1996—the name “Lilith Fair” was also used on that occasion, and Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey (previously Crash Vegas) were also performed on that occasion.
The following year McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair festival, taking the name Lilith from a figure present in several folk traditions since antiquity.
The show also stipulated that a dollar of every ticket sold was given to a local non-governmental organization committed to assisting and assisting women in difficult situations.