Woodstock Co-founder and co-founder of 1969 Michael Lang today announced the return of the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Fair for its official 50th anniversary celebration. Woodstock 1969 was announced as "three days of peace and music" and, 50 years later, Woodstock 50 will give generations of fans the opportunity to unite in the fundamental intention of the festival of harmony and compassion.
The three-day event will take place from Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18, in Watkins Glen – located in upstate New York. Lang has set up a world-class curatorial and festival production team on site. Woodstock 50 will be the only authorized celebration of the iconic 1969 festival and will feature incredible programming.
LangThe event should not be confused with Bethel Woods Center's own tribute concert for the arts, which takes place on the same weekend (16-18 August) in New York. This event will be held at the 15,000-seat Bethel Woods Center for the Arts amphitheater, built on the site of the original exhibition. Woodstock.
To commemorate the movement that defined a generation of young people, a limited number of discounted pre-sale tickets for LangThe event will be available to college students aged 18 to 25 by the end of January. The schedule and general information about the sale will be announced in the coming weeks.
"It's time to put the speculation to rest and officially announce that Woodstock 50 happening, "he said. Lang. "The original festival in 1969 was a reaction of young people of the day to the causes for which we felt compelled to fight – civil rights, women's rights and the anti-war movement, and gave way to our mission to share peace, love and Today, we are experiencing similar disconnections in our country, and one thing we have learned is that music has the power to bring people together. Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard. "
The 1,000 acres of green space at Watkins Glen International and the surrounding area will provide ample space for participants to enjoy foliage and community, and ample steps prepared for unique presentations. The festival grounds will also feature lodging experiences for tents, trailers, vans and more premium camping options.
"The original site in Bethel is wonderful, but very small for what we are imagining," he said. Lang. "Watkins Glen International gives us the ability to create something different from any other commemorative event and something unique Woodstock"Watkins Glen International also has a place in the history of the music festival as the home of Summer Jam in 1973. "It's a beautiful place and an ideal place," he said. Lang, noting that when he first saw it, he felt "an immediate emotional attachment to the earth."
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 that inspire a new life in some Woodstockiconic moments. "It will mainly be contemporary talent, but the legacy acts will be represented and honored," he said. Lang.
It is really Woodstock way, a key element of the 50th anniversary festival will be to combine music with purpose – specifically sustainability and advocacy. Nonprofit and cause-based organizations will be a big part of the experience, with on-site programming and activations, including exhibits, panels and art installations. The highly organized "neighborhoods" will have more intimate and unique experiences – with art forms, from music to comedy, spoken word to film and incredible food offerings.
"O Woodstock The 50th anniversary will be about sharing an experience with great artists and encouraging people to be educated and involved in the social issues that affect everyone on the planet, "he said. Lang. "It is so inspiring to see young people today channeling their passion into causes they care about. This is something that has always been part of Woodstockmission, and is a major focus at the 50th festival. "
Lang will be working hand in hand with Schuyler County and local and state agencies to bring Woodstock 50 For the life. "I want to thank the State Police, the Sheriff's Department and the entire Schuyler County Administration, the State Department of Health, and, of course, the governor of this great state, who Woodstock legacy, "he said. Lang.
He added that "we feel we have the right staff in place and look forward to working with all agencies to create a historic and successful event for the state of New York and Schuyler County."
O Woodstock The 50th anniversary logo was created by award-winning Los Angeles artist Kii Arens. ArensThe artistic career began when he became Michael Langassistant of the 1994 Woodstock Festival. He created a poster and branding for Coachella, the Hollywood Bowl and hundreds of musicians in all genres.
O Woodstock The 50th anniversary is being produced under license Woodstock Ventures. Woodstock Ventures was founded by Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman and the delay John Roberts. Together, the co-founders, together with Artie Kornfeld, produced the history of 1969 Woodstock Festival. Kornfeld will be gathering the team to celebrate and gather Woodstock 50.
Additional details will be released in the coming weeks, including programming and ticket information, as well as sponsors and non-profit partners.