Lilith Soldiers On

Sarah McLachlan’s all-female festival, Lilith Fair, returns this summer from a decade-long hiatus.

Well, maybe.

The traveling concert series has been forced to cancel 10 of its 35 stops, including one in Phoenix just prior to the Las Vegas show. Meanwhile, several of the remaining dates (including the July 9 show at Mandalay Bay) have been moved from large arenas to smaller venues.

Organizers don’t think the public has lost its appetite for the all-girl festival; they blame slow ticket sales on the weak economy.

Lilith suffered another blow last month when Norah Jones, who was scheduled to join the tour for five shows next month, pulled out. Undeterred, the festival kicked off its scaled-down itinerary in Calgary, Alberta, on June 27.

The Las Vegas show is still on as of press time, although organizers recently moved it from Mandalay Bay Events Center to the much-smaller Mandalay Bay Beach amphitheatre. Ticket prices have also been adjusted, from $50-$195 to a flat fee of $65.

Sources at Mandalay Bay say ticket sales have been “decent” enough to give the concert the go-ahead. However, just three of the acts—McLachlan, Miranda Lambert and The Bangles—have confirmed with the resort, leaving Queen Latifah, Emmylou Harris and others up in the air.