The spirit of Woodstock is alive again – or at least it will be in August when an official music festival will mark the 50th anniversary of the “three days of peace and music” that marked the summer of 1969.
After years of rumours and speculation, confirmation has come in that an official Woodstock event will take place in Watkins Glen, New York to celebrate its 50th anniversary between August 16 – 18.
“It’ll be an eclectic bill. It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival” said Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of the original Woodstock festival. He wants social activism to play an important part in the anniversary event, and that he hopes performers will include pop stars, rappers, and legacy bands.
“There will be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” Lang told. “There will be those types of experiences in various forms where there’s a real bed, and there’s a chair to sit in and a light bulb. There will also be easier access to portable toilets.”
“Coachella’s got its thing, as does Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza,” Lang said.
“But I think they’re all missing an opportunity to make a difference in the world. They’re all perfect places for social engagement and for fostering ideas, and I think that’s lost.”