BREAKING: Woodstock’s Return Officially Announced, Details Revealed
The Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival is being referred to as Woodstock’s 50th anniversary competition by many of the media as it can happen on the positioning of the unique Woodstock fifty years in the past, nonetheless, the competition is definitely on no account affiliated with Woodstock Ventures, LLC. That firm remains to be owned by Michael Lang, producer and co-creator of the unique Woodstock Festival in 1969, and he simply revealed particulars of the “actual” 50th anniversary competition in 2019.
It will happen August 16th-18th in close by Watkins Glen, New York. And it can truly be referred to as Woodstock.
Lang is protecting a variety of the opposite particulars near the chest, however he did reveal some new data to Rolling Stone.
“It’ll be an eclectic invoice,” Lang says. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and a few pop and a few of the legacy bands from the unique competition.
“Having up to date artists interpret that music could be a extremely attention-grabbing and thrilling concept. We’re additionally on the lookout for distinctive collaborations, perhaps some reunions and a variety of new and up-and-coming expertise.”
We can count on a mixture a brand new and previous teams, in addition to some tributes to authentic acts in 1969 like Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker. Over 40 acts have reportedly already been booked.
“I need it to be multi-generational,” he says. “Woodstock ’94 was a pleasant mixture of younger and previous and that’s sort of what we’re going for right here.”
He admits that Woodstock ’99 was “only a musical expertise with no social significance,” and that should change. For the 50th anniversary, nothing is being left off the desk.
“There shall be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” he says. “There shall be these sorts of experiences in varied types the place there’s an actual mattress, and there’s a chair to take a seat in and a lightweight bulb. There may even simpler entry to moveable bathrooms.”
The porta-potties had been a significant concern at earlier Woodstock occasions, however Lang is dedicated to creating this a landmark occasion, and which means overlaying all bases, together with public restrooms.
“[Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are] good stewards of the unique website and so they constructed a ravishing performing arts pavilion,” says Lang. “But it’s a 15,000-seat shed. That’s not a Woodstock.”
Lang isn’t caught prior to now — he’s trying to the longer term and acknowledges that the capability of Woodstock’s authentic location simply can't maintain the very actual curiosity 50th anniversary competition would draw.
“I seemed in every single place as a result of I wanted 1,000 acres of clear land with entry and infrastructure. Frankly, we weren’t discovering it. We had talked about Watkins Glen over time and I made a decision on a whim to take a look at it since having it at a racetrack didn’t enchantment to me. But after I seemed, I knew it was the proper facility for what we had in thoughts. It was reminiscent to me of discovering Max [Yasgur]’s subject.”
Woodstock’s 50th anniversary will tout the identical cultural and political activism as the unique competition in 1969, not less than that’s what Lang hopes. He will invite varied NGOs to return and communicate to attendees about how one can become involved.
“Things on the planet are vital at this level, particularly with regards to world warming,” says Lang. “Everyone has a stake and ignoring it's ridiculous. I really need individuals to discover how they'll become involved. That’s one among my important motivations for doing this.”