Woodstock 50 will be held this summer, celebrating the 50th anniversary of history’s most iconic music festival, and the acts have finally been announced.
As Rolling Stone reports, the headliners for the fest’s three nights will be The Killers, Dead & Company and Jay-Z, representing the diverse lineup that festival organizer Michael Lang (who also organized the original Woodstock) promised in an earlier interview with RS.
“It’ll be an eclectic bill,” festival organizer Michael Lang declared. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival… I want it to be multi-generational. Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here.”
In fact, rap, rock and pop are all well represented, along with some acts that performed 50 years ago. Along with Jay-Z, the world of hip-hop will be represented by such artists as Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt and Run the Jewels, while artists including The Killers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant, Black Keys and Greta Van Fleet will fly the rock banner.
Pop artists will include Miley Cyrus, Maggie Rogers, Portugal. The Man, Imagine Dragons and Janelle Monae, while “legacy” acts who performed at the original Woodstock include Santana, John Fogerty, Canned Heat and Country Joe and the Fish.
Addressing rumours the the festival was beset with production problems and money woes, Lang responded to RS in an email statement. “We are thrilled with all the excitement about Woodstock 50, but we have an obligation to our fans, artists and partners, to do things the right way,” said Lang. “We are in the final stages of laying the groundwork and can’t wait to stage this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Former Credence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty — one of the artists who also performed at the original Woodstock — shared his excitement on Twitter, along with a copy of the official poster.
Woodstock 50 will run from Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. Tickets go on sale April 22, with more info available on the festival’s website.
The full lineup of the three-day celebration of peace, love and music is as follows:
Day 1: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant, John Fogerty, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Run the Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Anderson East, Princess Nokia, John Sebastian
Day 2: Dead and Company, Chance the Rapper, Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Dawes, Margo Price, Country Joe and the Fish, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Taylor Bennett
Day 3: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and the Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, The Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr