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Scott Newman
Scott Newman

The Lilith Fair music festival co-founded by Sarah McLachlan is back for 2010! I made the trip down to Washington State, U.S.A. staying in Quincy. Check out the biggest celebration of women led bands in North America.

Lilith Fair is a celebration of women in music. It first came out in 1997 to run for three years generating over 10 million dollars for women's charities. Many of the biggest names in music have played at Lilith Fair and have been able to achieve more success from exposure at a big music festival to a much larger audience. The crowds are not only fans of the music they are people who believe in what the cause is for. This unique opportunity gives people a chance to see how different female artists perform expressing themselves freely.

The music festival has been played traditionally at large amphitheatres, beautiful locations and with three stages setup so that you can check out your own selection from the artists. (like the Big Day Out music festival) 

2010 marks the return of the Lilith festival. Sarah McLachlan is releasing a new album Laws of Illusion to celebrate the tour with her new songs. She will play as the headliner of each line up that she is featured at. The main artists that are to play at Lilith Fair this year include legends of female pop rock and a mixture of new artists and even female cult bands. The attraction to play at this festival is high as you are amongst the most influential female artists in the modern music era.

The main acts that are performing for the 2010 Lilith festival are a very interesting, talented and diverse selection of female fronted artists.


“Being a part of Lilith Fair was inspiring on so many levels. Besides discovering new music everyday and sharing the stage with an incredible array of talented women, it was wonderful to see established and new artists alike have the opportunity to play in front of much larger or more diverse audiences than usual. With that in mind, I am thrilled to announce the first set of artists for Lilith 2010.”
– Lilith co-founder and main stage headliner Sarah McLachlan


Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Carly Simon, Cat Power, Chantal Kreviazuk, Colbie Ciallat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Court Yard Hounds, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, Gossip, Heart, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Jenni Rivera, Jill Scott, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Mary J. Blige, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Suzanne Vega, Tegan & Sara and The Bangles


Below is my Lilith Fair 2010 Experience



Firstly, what a venue! This is the best outdoor venue that I have been to in my life! It is in the middle of nowhere and the sound that came from this venue was exceptional! I am so glad that I chose to go to America to see this tour leg of Lilith Fair 2010. If you ever get the chance to choose a venue to go to then make sure this one is at the top of your list. You won't regret it. Just make sure you take a car! 

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

A friend of mine told me to go and check these guys out. So, they ended up being the first band that I saw play live. I had never seen or heard of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals before as they played in the sun on the village stage. They played an impressive set of rock songs and appear to be a band on the rise. They had a good response from the crowd as we all jammed in together around the small stage.

The Submarines

This band is one I wanted to make a point of seeing on the day as I have heard good things about this group. I wasn't disappointed as they played they style of music that I listen to the most. They have an indie pop/folk electronic sound that is very radio friendly. They had a smaller crowd around the second stage. The band members came across very humbled to be at Lilith and made a nice impression on new ears. They reminded me of the Brunettes (Auckland, NZ) I would see them again if they came to town on tour. 

Erakah Badu

Now down to the main stage for the rest of the sunny afternoon. Erakah Badu was the first of the main four female acts. I do not know much about her music so I watched with an open mind. She came across the most original of the artists of the day. She had a large entourage on stage. She also had a lot of praise to say to the audience. Her set was entertaining as she showed that she has amazing energy on stage. I was surprised by her show as I hadn't heard an artist quite like her before. It was inspiring to hear new music.

Sheryl Crow

The other biggest name of the show was up next. I was blown away by Sheryl Crow as this was the first time I had seen her perform live. She was so much fun and had the crowd dancing and singing! Everyone knows her music and can sing along. She performed most of her hits including All I Wanna Do, Soak Up The Sun, My Favorite Mistake & If It Makes You Happy. Sheryl has an amazing voice and is a truly remarkable female artist of the modern genre. I am very proud to have seen her and would do so again. She is very talented and was my favorite performer of the day. She has a great light around her.


Sugarland are a big time band that has a country folk/rock sound. They were an amazing act to see as they had a broad collection of hits. The crowd were well and truly into the sweet sounds of Sugarland. Baby Girl was the biggest song of their set. It Happens was also a strong song in their performance. I am new to their music, overall finding they have a fun appeal about them. I recommend this band as they know how to put on a good show. Another surprise for me on the day, I wasn't sure what to expect as they appear to be quite different to the other main acts. Their set fitted in mighty fine.

Sarah Mclachlan

The main headliner for the show is Sarah McLachlan. Now I had only listened to her on the radio, my CD collection and the promotional performances for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. She has such an exceptional stage voice that I found just as powerful when I heard Alanis Morissette perform live. Sarah offers so much more in her piano playing, exquisite timing and great vocal range. My favorite song of the set was Building A Mystery (Surfacing) Other highlights from the songs played were Angel, World On Fire, Adia, Sweet Surrender and the great Possesion. The encore included Sarah's Ice Cream and then invited all the other female artists on to the stage to perform Patti Smith/Bruce Springsteen's Because the Night. I thought this was a very fitting song to cover as so many amazing artists have covered this great song. Sarah McLachlan is a phenomenon of the female artist generation. She is an inspiration to music. I thoroughly recommend that you see her play live when she comes to your town. Sarah is worth the price of admission alone. I am pleased that she decided to revive the Lilith tour again even if times are tough in the world right now. Sarah is a gifted, caring & a sensible woman.



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