In 1969, in a small town called White Lake in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened with a bluesy folk set by Richie Havens, setting off a 3-day event that would forever change the landscape of rock music and live concerts as we know it. Woodstock set the stage for the mega festivals we know today like Coachella and Bonnaroo, giving a platform to all genres of music for fans around the globe to enjoy in person. And now, nearly half a century after the then unknown Jimi Hendrix closed out Woodstock with “Hey Joe,” organizers have released the lineup of the 50th anniversary music festival to take place in August 16th-18th, 2019 in Watkins Glenn, New York, a short drive from the original concert site.
Rumors have been swirling for months now on who would be performing at theWoodstock 50anniversary music festival, with reports of the Foo Fighters taking stage, as well as Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and even Led Zeppelin set to reunite for one last epic set. But those rumors for the most part were put to rest with the full lineup now released. And while Led Zeppelin and CCR may not reunite, there’s still a shred of hope it may happen with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and John Fogerty penciled in for day one of Woodstock 50.
Among the sea of performers are some golden anniversary legends like the aforementioned John Fogerty representing CCR (he was the lead singer and guitarist), Dead & Company representing a Jerry Garcia-less Grateful Dead, and Santana playing alongside the likes of The Raconteurs, Chance the Rapper, Common, Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Young the Giant, Akon, and a whole lot more. In all there are over 80 musical performers set to take the stage, blowing the original Woodstock lineup out of the water in terms of how many acts will perform.
But will Woodstock 50 leave the same cultural impact that the original festival imprinted on the world of music? Will unknown artists step into the limelight as Mountain, Sweetwater, and others did? Only time will tell.
Tickets for Woodstock 50 go on sale April 22nd through Woodstock’s website. Pricing and packages are not available at this time, but we suspect camping packages to be made available to the general public. With 100,000 tickets up for grabs, Woodstock 50 is set to be approximately a quarter of the size of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.
Additionally, for those looking to celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary in a more intimate setting, the Bethel Woods Center located at the site of the original Woodstock, will host a weekend full of events and concerts, including performances by Ringo Starr, Santana, and the Doobie Brothers.Tickets can be purchased on their website through Ticketmaster starting March 22nd.
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