A pageant to have fun the 50th anniversary of Woodstock will happen this summer time, co-creator Michael Lang has confirmed in interviews with Rolling Stone and The New York Times. The three-day occasion will happen from August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York—not the unique Woodstock website in Bethel, New York. The first acts are anticipated to be introduced in February, however in response to a press release, there will probably be over 60 artists unfold throughout three phases.
Michael Lang advised Rolling Stone, “It’ll be an eclectic bill…. It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.” He additionally stated, “We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.” In addition, Lang expressed hope for tribute performances to artists who performed the unique Woodstock, like Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, amongst others.
Speaking with The Times, Michael Lang mentioned his need for activism to be a part of Woodstock 50. “We want this to be more than just coming to a concert,” he stated. “And hopefully a lot of the bands will become part of this effort to get people to stand up and make themselves heard, to get and out vote. And if they don’t have a candidate that represents their feelings, to find one—or to run themselves.” Lang advised The Times that organizers count on to promote 100,000 three-day passes to Woodstock 50.
Lang additionally mentioned Woodstock ’99, which was marred by accounts of violence and sexual assault. “’99 was more like an MTV event than a Woodstock event, really. I take some responsibility for that. It was also kind of an angry time in music,” he advised The Times. In addition, Lang advised Rolling Stone, “Woodstock ’99 was just a musical experience with no social significance…. It was just a big party. With this one, we’re going back to our roots and our original intent. And this time around, we’ll have control of everything.”