Woodstock festival 1969

Wide-angle overall of huge crowd facing the distant stage, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Aug. 1969.

(Meredith) — The most famous music festival of all time is getting revived soon -- twice.

August 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the famous Woodstock Festival. Two 50th anniversary shows are scheduled for Aug. 16-18, 2019.

Woodstock 50

Concert promoter and producer Michael Lang, the driving force behind the original 1969 Woodstock festival, told The Poughkeepsie Journal in February 2016 that plans were being made for a 50th anniversary concert.

On Jan. 9, 2019, Lang officially announced Woodstock 50 -- a three-day festival that will "give generations of fans the opportunity to join together in the festival's foundational intent of harmony and compassion," a press release said.

Woodstock 50 will be held in Watkins Glen in Upstate New York, about 150 miles away from the original Woodstock site in Bethel, New York.

According to a press release, the festival will feature three main stages among the 1,000 acres of open field at Watkins Glen International and surrounding areas. The festival grounds will also feature lodging/camping options, nonprofit programming and activism onsite, film screenings, discussion panels, art exhibits, and of course, tons of food offerings.

Michael Lang Woodstock festival

Musical concert promoter, producer and artistic manager Michael Lang in 1969 in Woodstock, New York.

Lang said in the press release that the original Woodstock site in Bethel is "wonderful, but much too small for what we're envisioning. Watkins Glen International gives us the ability to create something unlike any other commemorative event and something uniquely Woodstock."

Further details will be released soon, including lineup, ticket information, sponsors and nonprofit partners.

Though the lineup is not yet announced, the press release said that the festival will bring together "more than 60 of the biggest names and emerging talent in rock, hip hop, pop and country." Lang said the festival will primarily feature modern acts, but the "legacy acts will be represented and honored."

Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival

Another 50th anniversary show was announced in late December 2018.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (located on the original site of the 1969 Woodstock festival) is teaming up with Live Nation and INVNT to produce an anniversary show, formally titled Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival.

The anniversary festival's tagline is "Celebrating the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival."

The 2019 Bethel festival will feature live music, TED-style talks and special exhibits.

According to the festival's website, an official line-up and details about buying tickets will be announced soon.

Darlene Fedun, CEO of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, said in a statement: "Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music. As the stewards of this historic site, we remain committed to preserving this rich history and spirit, and to educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community."

Although no official line-up has been announced, iHeart Radio reports that Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters are rumored to headline the Bethel anniversary festival. Bon Jovi and The Who are also rumored to perform.

Battle of the anniversary shows?

In a statement to iHeart Radio, Lang made clear that he is not affiliated with the Aug. 2019 festival at the historic Bethel site. Lang said the original Woodstock site -- where Bethel Woods Center for the Arts now stands -- is no longer large enough to hold a Woodstock-sized festival. The original 1969 Woodstock festival gathered a crowd of more than 400,000, and according to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' website, the amphitheater that now stands there holds a crowd of only 15,000.

"While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I'm delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the museum and concert venue," Lang said in a statement.

After Lang's festival Woodstock 50 was announced, a press release said "Woodstock 50 will be the only authorized commemoration of the iconic 1969 festival and will feature an amazing lineup."

Commenting on Lang's plans, Fedun told The Poughkeepsie Journal, "We wish him well and much success."

The original Woodstock music festival was held on a then-dairy farm in Bethel, New York on Aug. 15-18, 1969. The festival attracted a crowd of more than 400,000 and went on to become a famous symbol of the 1960s.

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(3) comments

TRUMP supporter

Hip hop? Guess I won't go to this one.

JF Conlon

Well, it ain't Janis Joplin. Dammit.


A hologram of Jimi Hendrix? I give up.

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