- Colette Simonot
North American concert tour and music festival for female artists. It was founded in 1996 by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, along with Dan Fraser and Terry McBride of Nettwerk Music and agent Marty Diamond. McLachlan had become increasingly frustrated by concert promoter and radio station policies which rarely featured two female musicians in a row. In response, she booked a North American tour with Paula Cole in 1996. McLachlan and Cole were joined by Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey at some of the performances, and these shows were billed as “Lilith Fair.” The following year, McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour, consisting of female solo artists and female-led bands. The festival continued until 1999 and was revived in 2010. Each year, three different stages featured well-known headliners, up-and-coming acts, and local performers. The festival included performers from all genres, including Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Suzanne Vega, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Erykah Badu, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, Bonnie Raitt, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Diana Krall, Liz Phair, Neko Case, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, the Pretenders, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, and many others. Between ...