The Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival is being referred to as Woodstock’s 50th anniversary pageant by many of the media as it’s going to happen on the location of the unique Woodstock fifty years in the past, nonetheless, the pageant is definitely under no circumstances 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 “real” 50th anniversary pageant in 2019.
It will happen August 16th-18th in close by Watkins Glen, New York. And it’s going to really be referred to as Woodstock.
Lang is protecting a whole lot of the opposite particulars near the chest, however he did reveal some new info to Rolling Stone.
“It’ll be an eclectic bill,” Lang says. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and a few pop and a number of the legacy bands from the unique pageant.
“Having contemporary artists interpret that music would be a really interesting and exciting idea. We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.”
We can count on a combination a brand new and outdated teams, in addition to some tributes to authentic acts in 1969 like Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker.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 want it to be multi-generational,” he says. “Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here.”
He admits that Woodstock ’99 was “just a musical experience with no social significance,” and that should change. For the 50th anniversary, nothing is being left off the desk.
“There will be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” he says. “There will be those types of experiences in various forms where there’s a real bed, and there’s a chair to sit in and a light bulb. There will also easier access to portable toilets.”
The porta-potties had been a significant problem at earlier Woodstock occasions, however Lang is dedicated to creating this a landmark occasion, and which means masking all bases, together with public restrooms.
“[Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are] good stewards of the original site and they built a beautiful 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 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 pageant would draw.
“I looked everywhere because I needed 1,000 acres of clear land with access and infrastructure. Frankly, we weren’t finding it. We had talked about Watkins Glen over the years and I decided on a whim to look at it since having it at a racetrack didn’t appeal to me. But when I looked, I knew it was the perfect facility for what we had in mind. It was reminiscent to me of finding Max [Yasgur]’s field.”
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 return and communicate to attendees about the best way to become involved.
“Things on the planet are critical at this point, especially when it comes to global warming,” says Lang. “Everyone has a stake and ignoring it is ridiculous. I really want people to explore how they can get involved. That’s one of my main motivations for doing this.”