The Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival is being known as Woodstock’s 50th anniversary pageant by many of the media as it would happen on the positioning of the unique Woodstock fifty years in the past, nonetheless, the pageant is definitely by no means affiliated with Woodstock Ventures, LLC. That firm continues 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 pageant in 2019.
It will happen August 16th-18th in close by Watkins Glen, New York. And it would really be known as Woodstock.
Lang is preserving loads of the opposite particulars near the chest, however he did reveal some new info 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 pageant.
“Having modern artists interpret that music can be a extremely attention-grabbing and thrilling concept. We’re additionally in search of distinctive collaborations, possibly some reunions and loads of new and up-and-coming expertise.”
We can count on a mixture a brand new and outdated teams, in addition to some tributes to unique acts in 1969 like Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker.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 “Woodstock ’94 was a pleasant mixture of younger and outdated and that’s sort of what we’re going for right here.”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 might be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” he says. “There might be these varieties of experiences in varied kinds the place there’s an actual mattress, and there’s a chair to sit down in and a light-weight bulb. There will even simpler entry to moveable bogs.”
The porta-potties had been a serious challenge at earlier Woodstock occasions, however Lang is dedicated to creating this a landmark occasion, and meaning overlaying all bases, together with public restrooms.
“[Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are] good stewards of the unique web site they usually constructed a fantastic performing arts pavilion,” says Lang. “But it’s a 15,000-seat shed. That’s not a Woodstock.”
Lang isn’t caught previously — he’s seeking to the longer term and acknowledges that the capability of Woodstock’s unique location simply can not maintain the very actual curiosity 50th anniversary pageant would draw.
“I seemed all over the 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 through the years and I made a decision on a whim to have a look at it since having it at a racetrack didn’t enchantment to me. But after I seemed, I knew it was the right 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 pageant in 1969, not less than that’s what Lang hopes. He will invite varied NGOs to come back and communicate to attendees about find out how to become involved.
“Things on the planet are crucial at this level, particularly on the subject of international warming,” says Lang. “Everyone has a stake and ignoring it’s ridiculous. I really need folks to discover how they will become involved. That’s one among my essential motivations for doing this.”