Sarah McLachlan Disbands Lilith Fair

A once mighty music festival folds.

By Michael Preston
|  Friday, Mar 11, 2011  |  Updated 12:30 AM CDT
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TINLEY PARK, IL - JULY 17: Singer Sarah McLachlan performs at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre during Lilith Fair 2010 in Tinley Park, Illinois on July 17, 2010. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Sarah McLachlan is waving the white flag of sweet surrender over Lilith Fair.

The singer who was the creative force behind the all-female music festival said that she would not attempt to revive the concert series after last year's lackluster showing, reports the Globe and Mail.

“It’s done,” McLachlan told the Canadian newspaper. “And that’s okay. It’s actually a really good thing."

The "Building a Mystery" singer said that the audience for this particular type of festival had changed, something that she and her fellow promoters failed to take into account.

“[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," she said. "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.”

Lilith Fair initially ran from 1997-1999 and featured a who's who of female stars of the day including McLachlan, Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant and Bonnie Raitt among others. The festival went on hiatus until 2010, but low ticket sales and a large number of cancelled shows led to its demise.
 

Selected Reading: New YorkGlobe and Mail, Hitfix

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