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Magazine advertisement for Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. Author: Chic Chicas

Woodstock reveals 50th Anniversary Plans

Woodstock50 plans to honor the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with three days of concerts- including legacy bands from the ’69 festival!

There are now TWO festivals celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock…and they’re on the same weekend.

Michael Lang (co-founder of the original Woodstock) has announced his plans to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival. Plans for a weekend full of concerts, spanning genres and generations will take place August 16-18th. Woodstock50 will be held at the racetrack in Watkins Glen, NY (150 miles away from the original location) to accommodate what is expected to be a huge crowd.

The original site has since been turned into a museum and cultural center, which will host the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival on the same weekend.

Lang promises 40 acts on three stages featuring an “eclectic bill..hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival. We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.” He added it’s unlikely that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who famously played their second-ever show at Woodstock, will put aside their differences and reunite. “I’ve talked to them all individually,” he says. “And it’s a mess.”  Some of the late great Woodstock performers (such as Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker) will be honored with tribute sets played by newer musicians. (Rolling Stone)

“Woodstock, in its original incarnation, was really about social change and activism,” he said. “And that’s a model that we’re bringing back to this festival. It’s a gathering for fun and for excitement and for experiences and to create community, but it’s also about instilling kind of an energy back into young people to make their voices heard, make their votes heard. … Things on the planet are critical at this point, especially when it comes to global warming. Everyone has a stake and ignoring it is ridiculous. I really want people to explore how they can get involved. That’s one of my main motivations for doing this.”

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