Lilith Fair

The Celebration of Women in Music

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Female artists talking about Lilith Fair
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The Lilith Fair twitter and facebook accounts have been posting quotes from women involved in the festival for the last week or so. Here are the ones that have been posted so far:

Sarah McLachlan on Lilith Fair: "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."

Miranda Lambert on Lilith Fair: “I am excited to be part of a tour that celebrates and acknowledges talented women from all genres of music, and am so proud to have the opportunity to join the prestigious line up of past female artists who have performed on Lilith Fair.”

Chairlift on Lilith Fair: “It seemed to me that when the first Lilith Fair hit in the 90s, it brought back a kind of 70s feminist mentality. This time around in 2010, Lilith has that same 20-year evocative relation with the 90s. We’re all psyched to represent, if not as a “girl group”, for the spirit of the playful and mysterious women of the new decade.”

Also, in tegan_n_sara this article was posted where Sara Quin is quoted defending the festival after negative remarks were made by St. Vincent. Here is the article where St. Vincent makes her stand against Lilith Fair. I was surprised to see her take this stance and also disappointed that she won't be included in the tour next year. While I understand that as a female artist it must be difficult to always be compared to other female musicians and lumped together with them, I don't think shunning a festival that celebrates women in music does anything to fight the male dominance in the industry. Thoughts?

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I can see where St. Vincent is coming from, I think a lot of people, especially men, in the industry will say "ohh, Lilith Fair" like it's soft and squishy and will always associate an act with the festival, like in press "the Lilith Fair alum" will be said over and over. And it is also true that there's not a lot of edge there, it IS a very loving environment and there are a lot of granola types that attend.

But at the same time I think she's part of the problem. People like her and other artists who knock it should at least use tact and say "it's not for me, but more power to you" or something. I've never understood the getting angry over not being compared with men thing. I mean, yes, I see what they mean as far as they feel they will always be marginalized and yes it is frustrating that most journalists are lazy and so every female musician with a piano is compared to Tori and every sexual one with a guitar is the new Liz Phair, but the same would be said vice versa. A sensitive male singer-songwriter isn't going to be compared to Joni Mitchell, he'll be compared to Leonard Cohen. Men and women SOUND different, and many people would be offended to be compared to a man. I wouldn't have any problem comparing instrumental music, for example.

As the other article said, Lilith serves a purpose. It gives the "soft and squishy" ladies a forum, because they don't get invited to festivals, which serve as an excellent way to have bands have their music heard by a wider audience. And the soft and squishy fans among us like having a place to gather and hear all our favorite music and discover more that we know will be safe and inviting, since many festivals are aggressive and male-dominated events.

And of course...these ladies must also remember, there's people like me (and you) who like them more BECAUSE they're female and would probably not be interested if they were another boring guy. So don't discount your gender so quickly, lasses!

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