20 years ago this summer, Sarah McLachlan and more than 60 other female acts shocked the music industry by raking in the dough with Lilith Fair, a music festival created by McLachlan to combat sexism in the music industry during the ’90s. McLachlan still believes Lilith could return…if some of today’s biggest female stars got behind it.
The original Lilith Fair was a huge financial success and proved to the music industry that female artists touring together could sell tickets. McLachlan says a 2010 revival tour failed because “All those women who came to see us now had mortgages and three kids and weren’t going to stand in a hot field for $150 all day.”
Another original Lilith Fair participant, Bonnie Raitt, tells the magazine, “There’s a generation of women that don’t remember Lilith, and it needs to be remembered. It wasn’t just about the music; it was crossing all kinds of issues and causes, and the whole vibe of it was so powerful…[it] was revolutionary.”
The festival has also inspired artists who were babies in 1997.