It’s been 50 years since the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair took place, and organizers have announced that the tunes will be returning in celebration of its milestone anniversary.
On Dec. 27, it was revealed that a new three-day festival will be held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural concert venue that happens to be built on the original Woodstock site. From Aug. 15-18, organizers promise a number of live performances from “prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades.”
Festival-goers will also get to enjoy TED-style talks from “leading futurists and retro-tech experts.”
Ringo Starr and Santana will lead the celebration with additional performances from Edgar Winter Band and the Doobie Brothers.
Starr and Edgar Winter Band will perform on Aug. 15, with Santana and the Doobie Brothers on the 16th. Sunday’s performers are expected to be announced soon.
In addition, the coordinators behind Woodstock 1969 are planning Woodstock 50 – a celebratory reincarnation of the “original” Woodstock Music & Arts Fair. Also running from Aug. 15-18 in Watkins Glen, Upstate New York, they hope the event “will give generations of fans the opportunity to join together in the festival’s foundational intent of harmony and compassion.”
According to a new press release, “the festival will have three main stages, bringing together more than 60 of the biggest names and emerging talent in rock, hip hop, pop and country. Music fans can expect current artists and unique collaborations, but also tribute performances breathing new life into some of Woodstock’s iconic moments.”
“To commemorate the movement that defined a generation of youth, a limited number of discounted pre-sale tickets will be available to college students ages 18-25, by the end of January,” the press release confirms. “The lineup and general on-sale information will be announced over the coming weeks.”
Woodstock 1969’s co-founder and co-producer Michael Lang also shared a statement. “The original festival in ‘69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for – civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music,” he explains. “Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”
The 50th anniversary will also focus on “sustainability and advocacy,” with organizers confirming “nonprofit and cause-driven organizations will be a big part of the experience.”
Fans can also expect “comedy, spoken work…film and amazing food offerings” to all be an integral part of their experience.
The original Woodstock Music and Arts Fair was held from Aug. 15-17, 1969 and brought together almost half a million people in Bethel, N.Y.