In August 1969, while America was facing the Vietnam War, the Woodstock festival, a cult moment of hippie culture, welcomed more than 500,000 people in New York for three days of music, peace, love and community spirit. Fifty years later, two Woodstock 50th anniversary concerts are scheduled for the same week-end in New York From 16-18 August 2019. A first one Woodstock 50, is organized by the original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang, and will take place at Watkins Glen, with at least 40 acts booked for three stages.  The second one is organized by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Live Nationand and will take place on the same site as the original festival in upstate New York. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts explains on its website that “these three days of memorable experiences will include concerts by artists known and emerging, of various genres and eras, as well as conferences in the style of Ted-talks “.


Festival goers will also be able to visit the Bethel Woods Museum, which focuses on the history of the 1960s, as well as the exhibition We Are Golden, organized specially for the occasion. “Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site, inspired by their desire to change the world through music. As organizer of this historic site, we have a duty to preserve its history and its spirit, as well as educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture and community, “said Darlene Fedun, director of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

The festivals are set to take place next August 2019 and even if we do not yet know exactly the Line-Up, the two festivals looks promising. Carlos Santana would have already agreed to be there and rumors say that Live Nation would like to have at it’s table Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Phish, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Pink Fighters, Zac Brown Band and Mumford & Sounds. A festival that promises an eclectic programmation including rock, pop, Hip-hop and more…

It must be recognized that the idea of a Woodstock 2019 is attractive but not new. Woodstock has already been the subject of two subsequent festivals on the occasion of it’s 25 and 30 years and the result was not a success… Terrible weather conditions, a lack of drinking water, riots, problems with violence… We were then far from the “Peace and love” sentiments conveyed in 1969 …

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