The first 40 artists to be confirmed for the 2010 Lilith Fair tour, joining Lilith co-founder and main stage headliner Sarah McLachlan, were revealed today. The not so surprising inclusions are previous Lilith performers Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Tegan & Sara, Erykah Badu and Indigo Girls, who recently told Wears The Trousers in an interview that they feel that the female-centric travelling festival is just as valid now as on its first run through 1997–1999.
Among those also joining the tour are indie rock pin-ups Metric and Chairlift, country star Miranda Lambert, urban newcomers Janelle Monáe and Ke$ha, the UK’s Corinne Bailey Rae, Nettwerk Records/Management signings Butterfly Boucher, Ash Koley, The Submarines and The Weepies, plus various other contemporary female popstars like Colbie Caillat, A Fine Frenzy and Sara Bareilles. Mary J Blige will the second headliner on the tour, which is expected to cross the Atlantic for a two-week run.
In a statement on the Lilith Fair official website, Erykah Badu reveals why she has signed up again to the tour: ”Magic happens when you bring this many artistic women together. I’ll never forget the frequency and energy that I felt that first time I performed at Lilith. Between the sistas on stage and those in the audience, it was powerful!”
And here’s a little note from Tegan Quin: ”Sara and I played one of the last Lilith Fair shows ever 10 years ago in Edmonton, AB. We only played one show and it was on the smallest stage, in the rain, to nearly no one. And yet, for the past 10 years, it continues to come up in almost every interview and is something we honestly look back on as a very important event in our career. The impact of Lilith Fair was felt all over the world, and its significance still resonates with women and the music industry itself 10 years later. We are proud to be a part of it again and are truly excited that Lilith is back.”
The full list of artists confirmed so far for the 2010 Lilith Tour are:
A Fine Frenzy
Corinne Bailey Rae
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Mary J. Blige
Tegan & Sara
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