Sarah McLachlan, Lilith Fair Return to New World

Do today's female artists still need a festival?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 10:49 AM CDT
Sarah McLachlan, Lilith Fair Return to New World
Sarah McLachlan performs in Central Park, on ABC's "Good Morning America" show, in New York, Friday, June 11, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Seven years after her last all-original album, Sarah McLachlan is back—and she’s bringing Lilith Fair with her. Since the last Lilith, McLachlan has had two daughters and split from her husband, and female artists have gone from being underrepresented to dominating the Top 40. What does that mean for the all-women music festival? Even McLachlan, who’s headlining, admits “there’s not so much of a need” anymore.

But she still wants “that sense of community,” she tells the Los Angeles Times. “The sisterhood!” Even so, the tour is struggling: Live Nation is offloading discount tickets, and dates are being canceled. But McLachlan hopes critics of the old Lilith—often called a “white chick folk fest,” she acknowledges—will appreciate the festival’s newfound diversity: Thanks to women infiltrating all genres of music, “there’s a wider range to choose from.”
(More Sarah McLachlan stories.)

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