Santana on Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival: “If they invite me, I’m in.”

A lot of noise is being made about Woodstock’s 50th anniversary festival, rumored to be officially in place for 2019. A leaked pitch deck suggesting possible headliners and show details reveals that it would likely be way more than just a classic rock festival. And even without any officially confirmed details from organizers, artists are already throwing their hats into the ring.

It’s no surprise that one of the festival’s original performers in 1969, Carlos Santana, would be more than ready to perform once again. Santana stated: “We’ve talked to [festival promoter] Michael Lang, but we don’t know if he has secured a place. If they invite me, I’m in.”

Lang told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the festival wasn’t a “done deal” yet, but it was basically sealed. Lang co-creating the original Woodstock ’69 and two follow-ups in ’94 and ’99, but newer information says that the festival is not affiliated with Lang.

Some artists reportedly being approached by the festival include Pearl Jam, Eminem, and Foo Fighters. The list goes on: Chance The Rapper, Pink, Lorde, The Weeknd, Coldplay, Kesha, Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Phish, Joan Baez, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, and Jason Aldean.

None of these artists have made any official noise about the festival, but details are said to be coming soon. The festival is expected to take place August 16-18, 2019 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (BWCA).

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