Woodstock Festival to many people was not just a musical event but an important platform for activism and change. In a time of worldwide social change and political unrest, the event brought in music lovers from across the world to celebrate inclusivity and diversity, but in the year of 1999, it saw a violent end.
While Woodstock to many is now associated with the riots and fires, original organiser Michael Lang is determined to restore its former glory, with the festival announced to return in 2019. Confirmed via Rolling Stone, “Woodstock 50” is planned to occur across three days during America’s summer, with the 50th anniversary taking to Watkins Glen, New York, uniting fans with over 40 performers already booked for the event.
Bringing both young and old to the festival, talent will be mixed. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival,” Lang told Rolling Stone. “We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.”
“Woodstock, in its original incarnation, was really about social change and activism,” he adds. “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 festival will run from August 16–18, 2019 now held at Watkins Glen, New York. The official line-up and tickets will be announced in February so stay tuned.