Lilith Fair, the festival co-founded by Sarah McLachlan in 1997 is experiencing some major hardships, canceling 10 tour stops due to a lack of interest.
The 10 canceled shows amount to nearly 1/3 of the tours 33 dates. Featured artists include Carly Simon, Mary J Blige, Selena Gomez and other various artists. Tickets can cost up to $250 in some markets, a fact that hasn’t sat well with a “soft market” that’s still coming out of a recession.
The 2010 tour is the first time Lilith has occurred since 1999 and began in Calgary last week. The Calgary show saw only 9,000 people shuffle into a 35,000 person arena.
Responding to the poor turnout, co-founder Terry McBride released the following statement:
“We are in the midst of one of the most challenging summer concert seasons with many tours being cancelled outright,” adding “Everyone involved with the tour would like to apologise to the fans and artists scheduled to play in these markets, and express appreciation for all the support for the festival’s return. Lilith remains the only tour of its kind, and we are confident that fans will be amazed by what each date has to offer.”
The following shows were canceled: Salt Lake City (July 12), Montreal (July 23), Raleigh, N.C. (Aug. 4), Charlotte, NC (Aug. 6), West Palm Beach, Fla. (Aug. 10), Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 11), Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 12), Austin (Aug. 14), Houstaon (Aug. 15) and Dallas (Aug. 16).
You can receive a refund using whatever location or medium (online) that you used to purchase your tickets.