Woodstock's 50th anniversary festival to feature some original performers

Lawrence Kim
January 10, 2019

It'll take place in the fields surrounding the Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, the site of the 1973 Summer Jam festival, from 8/16-18, nearly exactly 50 years after the first Woodstock was held at a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Truly simpler times, folks.

As Rolling Stone reports, a three-day festival is being called Woodstock 50, and it will honour the original event's 50th anniversary with a fest at Watkins Glen, NY, from August 16 to 18.

"It'll be an eclectic bill", Lang told the outlet on Wednesday. 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.

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. With this one, we're going back to our roots and our original intent. And this time around, we'll have control of everything.

A plaque marks the site of the original Woodstock festival in in Bethel, N.Y.

"Watkins Glen International gives us the ability to create something unlike any other commemorative event and something uniquely Woodstock". Lang suggested to the magazine that there would be tributes honoring some of the original Woodstock festival artists, including Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Band and Joe Cocker. "I want it to be multi-generational", he says.

Actually, looking at pictures from Woodstock '69 is like playing a weird game of Was This The '60s Or Just 2018 With A Film Camera? "Woodstock '94 was a nice mix of young and old and that's kind of what we're going for here".

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