2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock concert event in 1969 — and there are apparently at least two commemorative events in the works.
The first was announced recently and will be hosted at the site of the original location, but has no involvement from Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang. Lang, however, told Rolling Stone the details about his 50th anniversary event, which will be located in nearby Watkins Glen, New York, and will be a three-day event from August 16-18.
What’s more, Lang told Rolling Stone that more than 40 performers have already been booked, spanning three stages.
“It’ll be an eclectic bill,” Lang told Rolling Stone. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”
More from the Rolling Stone piece:
He wouldn’t delve into specifics, but Lang did say that some “newer bands” will stage “celebrations of artists from the original Woodstock” that will likely include tribute performances to Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker, among others. “Having contemporary artists interpret that music would be a really interesting and exciting idea,” he says. “We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.”
Unlike most festivals that exclusively target a young audience, Lang hopes to bring in people of all ages. “I want it to be multi-generational,” he says. “Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here.”
Obviously, music festival technology has come a long way since 1969 — and even the 1990s, when iterations of the Woodstock festival were marred with disastrous weather (1994) or just outright chaos (1999), so it’s probably safe to assume the 2019 event will pull out all the stops when it comes to security and providing attendees with the best possible experience.
Tickets are expected to go on sale in February, which must mean an official announcement of the participating bands and details will be made shortly, so stay tuned!