GULF SHORES, AL – MAY 21: Chance The Rapper performs at the Surf Stage during 2017 Hangout Music Festival on May 21, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Hangout Music Festival)

In early January, exciting news was received from the original Woodstock founder, Michael Lang. Running from August 16 to 18 this year, the infamous Woodstock festival will see a return to its former glory after it was shut down following violent riots in 1999. Bringing in both young and old in a celebration of music, the line up of over 80 artists has started to be announced.

According to Billboard, amongst the likes of Miley Cyrus, Bishop Briggs and Halsey, both JAY-Z and Chance The Rapper have been added to the legendary list of artists set to participate in the three-day event. The full lineup is yet to be announced but the leaks are continuing.

“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock,” Lang told Billboard. “We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”

Once an event that provided a platform for social activism, the 50th anniversary will be held in a new location, at Watkins Glen, New York.

“Woodstock, in its original incarnation, was really about social change and activism,” Lang told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “And that’s a model that we’re bringing back to this festival. It’s a gathering for fun and for excitement and for experiences and to create community, but it’s also about instilling kind of an energy back into young people to make their voices heard, make their votes heard.”

The homecoming event of 2019, stay tuned for more information.

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