The is being referred to as Woodstock’s 50th anniversary pageant by most the media as it can happen on the positioning the unique Woodstock fifty years in the past, nevertheless, the pageant is definitely on no account affiliated with Woodstock Ventures, LLC. That firm remains to be owned by Michael Lang, producer and co-creator the unique Woodstock Festival in 1969, and he simply revealed particulars the “actual” 50th anniversary pageant in 2019.
It will happen August 16th-18th in close by Watkins Glen, New York. And it can truly be referred to as Woodstock.
Lang is conserving lots 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 the legacy bands from the unique pageant.
“Having modern artists interpret that music could be a very fascinating and thrilling concept. We’re additionally in search of distinctive collaborations, possibly some reunions and lots new and up-and-coming expertise.”
We can anticipate a combination a brand new and outdated teams, in addition to some tributes to authentic acts in 1969 like Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker.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 would like it to be multi-generational,” he says. “Woodstock ’94 was a pleasant combine younger and outdated and that’s type what we’re going for right here.”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 f the desk.
“There shall be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” he says. “There shall be these varieties experiences in numerous kinds the place there’s an actual mattress, and there’s a chair to sit down in and a lightweight bulb. There may even simpler entry to transportable bathrooms.”
The porta-potties have been a significant difficulty at earlier Woodstock occasions, however Lang is dedicated to creating this a landmark occasion, and meaning masking all bases, together with public restrooms.
“Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are] good stewards the unique web site they usually constructed a good looking performing arts pavilion,” says Lang. “But it’s a 15,000-seat shed. That’s not a Woodstock.”
Lang isn’t caught prior to now — he’s seeking to the long run and acknowledges that the capability Woodstock’s authentic location simply can not maintain the very actual curiosity 50th anniversary pageant would draw.
“I regarded in every single place as a result of I wanted 1,000 acres clear land with entry and infrastructure. Frankly, we weren’t discovering it. We had talked about Watkins Glen over time and I made a decision on a whim to take a look at it since having it at a racetrack didn’t enchantment to me. But once I regarded, I knew it was the right facility for what we had in thoughts. It was reminiscent to me discovering Max Yasgur]’s subject.”
Woodstock’s 50th anniversary will tout the identical cultural and political activism as the unique pageant in 1969, at the least that’s what Lang hopes. He will invite numerous NGOs to come back and communicate to attendees about learn how to get entangled.
“Things on the planet are vital at this level, particularly with regards to international warming,” says Lang. “Everyone has a stake and ignoring it's ridiculous. I actually need folks to discover how they will get entangled. That’s one my principal motivations for doing this.”