They are women, hear them roar on all-female tour
The Weekend Australian - February 21-22, 1998
by Jody Scott
An all-female pop concert sounds like a dream to singer Wendy Matthews, who
is tired of being told she cannot tour with another female artist.
Sarah & Wendy
"I am always told you can't put two women on the bill, just like you can't
put two women back to back on the radio," Matthews said. "It is such a mind-set I don't know that
they even question it anymore."
But she is looking forward to helping organise an Australian version of
Lilith Fair - the successful all-women pop concert that toured the US last year playing in 35
cities to mixed crowds of up to 33,000.
"I think it Is something every woman performer would love to do," Matthews
said. Canadian singer-songwriter and Lilith Fair founder Sarah MeLachlan said she hoped to bring
the idea down under next summer. Lilith Fair's US line-up included music heavy-weights Sheryl
Crow, Sinead O'Connor, Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Shawn Colvin and Joan
McLachlan founded Lilith Fair to give exposure to female artists who could
not get a place on the male-dominated rock festivals. "There is all these women out there making
music and I felt they weren't being fairly represented," she said. "It became a reaction thing
that if they (the industry) weren't going to do it we would do it ourselves.
"For me it was quietly political quietly feminist," But her main motivation
was a "selfish desire" to go on the road with an all-female show. Along with billing big names,
Lilith has been a launching pad for lesser-known artists in eachregion that it played.
However, McLachlan said the attention was often diverted away from the music
when she was forced to defend the politics of an all-female show which has been tagged sexist by
its detractors. "It is all about finding a balance, it is egalitarian," McLachlan said.
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