After months of frantic speculation, confirmation of an official Woodstock anniversary event has been confirmed by the legendary music festival’s co-founder, Michael Lang. Lang confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, noting a new location for Woodstock 50, as well as the dates for this year’s event.
Many were hoping Woodstock 50 would return to the event’s original home in Bethel, New York, which eventually would go on to host Mysteryland‘s U.S. offshoot for a number of years. Instead, Woodstock 50 will be hosted in Watkins Glen, New York across August 16, 17, and 18. Lang also confirmed more than 40 acts have already been booked, noting a well-rounded lineup of rock, hip-hop, pop, legacy acts and reunions from the original festival in 1969 is already locked in for the 50th anniversary. Organizers have been tight-lipped about talent for this year’s event, though the lineup and tickets are expected to land sometime in February.
In regards to Woodstock’s infamously disastrous ’99 venture, Lang was quick to address concerns, explaining, “Woodstock ’99 was just a musical experience with no social significance. It was just a big party. With this one, we’re going back to our roots and our original intent. And this time around, we’ll have control of everything.”
Woodstock 50 is also expected to be livestreamed online this summer. Stay tuned for details.