In 1969, some of the biggest musical acts of the time convened at a dairy farm in Bethel, New York for Woodstock — a weekend of music that would go one to be one of the most culturally significant concert events ever put together — and now, with the 50th anniversary approaching in 2019, there are plans for a special commemorative event at the same location.
Next year, the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will take place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and it promises to be special indeed:
Coming August 16-18, 2019, this pan-generational music, culture, and community event will be held at BWCA just 90 minutes from New York City. These three days of memorable experiences will include live performances from prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades, and TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts. Festival goers will also be able to visit the Museum at Bethel Woods, which tells the story of the 1960s through immersive media, interactive engagements, and artifacts from the 1969 festival, as well as experience the special 2019 exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future.
“We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation and INVNT to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” said Darlene Fedun, CEO, BWCA. “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.”
We have to wonder which musical acts will take part in this, which is surely to be one of the most important musical events of 2019. Of course, some of the original acts that played Woodstock 1969 — Santana, Joan Baez and members of the Grateful Dead, for one — are still busy live performers, and seeing a return wouldn’t be that far out of the realm of possibility … but we’ll have to wait for additional details in that regard.
For more, visit the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ information page at this link.