HAIM hoping to resurrect ‘festival that’s just ladies’ Lilith Fair

They want Savages, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, and more on the line-up

Haim are hoping to bring back Lilith Fair, a travelling music festival in the USA and Canada with only female musicians in its line-up.

The festival began in 1997 and lasted until 1999. It was resurrected in the summer of 2010 with a line-up including The Bangles, Janelle Monáe and Mary J. Blige.

According to Vulture, HAIM bassist Este Haim wants to create a “festival that’s just ladies” inspired by Lilith Fair, saying they hope artists such as Savages, Florence + The Machine, Taylor Swift, Lorde and Chvrches would be involved.


Speaking at the New Yorker Festival on Friday (October 2) she said, “We talk about this all the time, how there aren’t enough female represented bands and artists at festivals. You don’t see them. And it’s really sad for us. We came up with the idea basically of why can’t we just bring back a festival that’s just ladies – not that we don’t love the boys. Love the men.”

She had never attended Lilith Fair herself, but spoke about seeing members of its lineup in concert. “I did see Melissa Etheridge in concert, I saw Sarah McLachlan in concert, I saw Paula Cole in concert and Sheryl Crow. All these amazing ladies had such an amazing outlet and place to play music, and it was really beautiful, and I feel like that’s not really available anymore and that outlet isn’t there.”

She added, “We talk semi-jokingly but semi-seriously about making it happen. So stay tuned. I think that would be really magical.”

NMELaura Palmer


Haim were recently announced as presenters on Apple’s free 24/7 global radio service, Beats 1.

The news broke on August 30 as the pair appeared on Pharrell’s OTHERtone show, where they also revealed that they are currently working on a new album.


The Californian sisters hinted that they might call their radio slot ‘Haim Time’ as they join the likes of St Vincent, Elton John, Josh Homme and Disclosure, who have all been made into Beats 1 radio hosts.

In January, the band confirmed rumours of a second album by tweeting a photo of producer Ariel Rechtshaid hard at work in front of a computer with the accompanying message “Uh ohz”.


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