Woodstock Turns 50 This Year….will this rendition be a summer of peace and love or fires and lawsuits?


Fifty years after the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair promised”three days of peace and music,” one of its original organizers announced Wednesday he is putting together Woodstock 50 for this summer. The event will be held over three days — Aug. 16-18 —
about a 1,000-acre green space in Watkins Glen in upstate New York, near the Finger Lakes.

While the artist lineup will not be announced until next month, when tickets go on sale to the public, The New York Times reported Wednesday that emptiness Michael
Lang will book “a combination of heritage bands, present pop and rap stars and, possibly, some news-making combinations.”

According to a meeting with Lang published Wednesday at Rolling Stone the 2019 team has already booked more than 40 acts to look at the occasion. Lang suggested to the magazine that there would be tributes honoring a number of their original Woodstock festival artists, including Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Circle and Joe Cocker.

There’ll be three chief phases at Woodstock 50, plus three festival “neighborhoods,” each of which will provide its programming of music, comedy, spoken word, film and meals.

In a media release published Wednesday, the organizers say they hope to call back to the spirit that animated the iconic 1969 occasion — during another tumultuous epoch in American history. The assignment of Woodstock 50, they say, is “to unite individuals
in a shared experience with fantastic artists, and promote active reinforcement of equality, inclusion and a shared sustainable future.”

According to the Times interview, Lang and his colleagues aim to sell about 100,000 three-day passes to the festival and they expect many attendees to camp at the festival grounds.

And in an apparent nod to festival goers’ expectations in 2019, the 50th anniversary edition provides”glamping” tents along with other amenities. Such services may also help the 2019 festival space itself from the dire issues that plagued a 1999 edition of Woodstock — an occasion that ended in flames, rioting and a number of lawsuits — that, like the chaotic 1994 Woodstock festival Lang was also included in organizing.


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