Published Jun 10, 2010The 2010 instalment of Lilith Fair has an impressive line-up, but it's nevertheless been a rocky return for the iconic all-female revue. Back in April, the festival was accused of supporting anti-choice organizations with its "Choose Your Charity" campaign. Now, the organizers have been forced to relocate the Vancouver edition of the festival due to poor ticket sales.
The show was originally scheduled to take place at the Pitt Meadows Airport, a spacious venue with a capacity of 25,000. Now, it has been relocated to Ambleside Park, the same place where Lilith Fair co-founder Sarah McLachlan held her Summer Sessions concert last year. The capacity of this new location is closer to 9,000.
McLachlan told the Province newspaper, "Are the tickets [sales] soft? Someone asked me about it and I told them, 'Yes, they are,' but so is Sting, so are almost all the major tours."
McLachlan's manager and Nettwerk head Terry McBride tried to put a positive spin on the move. On Tuesday (July 8), he issued a statement saying, "Sarah had a very successful show at Ambleside Park last fall, so we are happy to see her return to the site for Lilith." He also admitted, "Ambleside is a more appropriate venue for the audience size."
Perhaps this new venue, which is significantly closer to central Vancouver, will help spike sales. Then again, potential ticket buyers may still be scared off by the steep prices, which range from $81.50 to $252 for the one-day event.
The festival recently cancelled its July 8 performance in Phoenix, AZ, although this was likely a response to the state's immigration laws, not due to poor ticket sales.
The Vancouver edition of Lilith Fair will feature performances by artists including Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Sugarland and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
The full dates for the festival are below. For information about the performers at each event, check the Lilith Fair website.
UPDATE: Lilith Fair in Edmonton has now been moved from Northlands Spectrum to Rexall Place.
6/27 Calgary, AB - McMahon Stadium
6/28 Edmonton, AB - Northlands Spectrum
7/1 Vancouver, BC - Ambleside Park
7/2 Portland, OR - Sleep Country Amphitheater
7/3 Seattle, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
7/5 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
7/7 San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10 Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/12 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
7/13 Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7/15 Kansas City, MO - Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
7/16 St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
7/17 Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/18 Minneapolis, MN - Canterbury Park
7/20 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
7/21 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/23 Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau
7/24 Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/27 Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
7/28 Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
7/30 Boston, MA - Comcast Center
7/31 New York, NY - PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
8/3 Washington, DC - Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/4 Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
8/6 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
8/7 Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
8/8 Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre
8/10 W. Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
8/12 Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
8/14 Austin, TX - Venue TBA
8/15 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/16 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center