The Lilith Fair festival was looking to make a comeback in 2010 after 11 long years away from the scissor grind. They were hoping the revival would go down in “herstory” as an uprising of all-female acts, including the aural castrations that are Sugarland, Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Colbie Caillat and Sarah McLachlan. Sadly, it appears the feminist movement’s musical dream has died, at least in the South.
Chaz Bono will have to reschedule her/his summer plans, because a full 10 dates have been cancelled after the festival failed to sell to anyone outside the uber-feminist herds in nearly a dozen markets. Low-end lawn tickets were going as cheaply as $30 apiece (plus a $20 service fee, of course), but with decent seats listed for upwards of $100, it’s hard to rationalize spending androgyny-class tuition to attend a celebration of musical feminism.
It should come as little surprise that roughly half the canceled dates are in two of the most proudly ignorant and intolerant states in the nation – Texas and Alabama. How they thought they could sell a traveling cunnilingus circus to assholes who still fly the confederate flag, where “nigger” is still roughly as conversationally common as discussing the weather, is beyond me. But in all fairness, the lineup does suck pretty badly.
One look at the comments beneath the announcement on the main Lilith Fair site can attest to the total infighting meltdown of womyn who can’t believe their strong superstar sisters would straight up bail on ten chances to unite the unshaven masses. Apparently many of these fine ladies have already booked their flights/hotels and stocked up on brand new sleeveless flannel shirts, and they’re mighty heated to be put in the corner, baby.
Let’s say our bittersweet, puffily androgynous goodbyes with a song: