Woodstock 50: Everything You Need To Know About The Revival Festival

By GQ Staff
07 March 2019
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The iconic festival marks its fiftieth anniversary with a revival of the original 1969 experience

You may not have been old enough to attend (or potentially even born), but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know about Woodstock.

The music festival which began on August 15, 1969 attracted half a million people, who waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York for the three-day music festival to start. Woodstock is what we’ve all been seeking since, with festivals like Splendour in The Grass, Coachella and Lost Paradise all taking note from the predecessor which was revolutionary in its time.

Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” the epic event became synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s and is still hailed as one of the best, earning its hallowed place in pop culture history.

Now coming into its fiftieth anniversary, it seems only fitting that such an occasion be commemorated in the way music lovers know only how – a Woodstock revival festival, aptly named Woodstock 50.

What Is It?

With Woodstock celebrating its 50th anniversary, consider the event a golden birthday of the historic music festival. Organiser Michael Lang, who was the co-creator of the original event, has said that the anniversary festival will be a “once in a lifetime event.”

Taking place at the Watkins Glen International Speedway, about an hour and a half east of the original Woodstock site, in August crowds will gather to hear their favourite artists perform.

Expected to draw 100,00 fans, already the Times-Herald Record of Middletown reports that hotels, Airbnbs and everything in between have been booking up quickly, and this was even before official news of an anniversary event was revealed last month.

It’s set to be an incredible – and massive – event, and if Woodstock’s previous 25th anniversary celebration at Winston Farm in 1994 is anything to go by, fans will be in for a treat. As those lucky enough to attend the 25th year celebrations will remember, there was a full-blown mud battle between Green Day and a rather hyped-up audience.


Who Will Perform?

When formally announcing Woodstock 50 back in January, Lang promised an “eclectic” lineup that would touch on “hip-hop and rock and some pop,” as well as legacy artists from the inaugural 1969 edition.

Whilst the lineup is still to be finalised, the latest rumblings from Hits Daily Double allege that Woodstock 50 will see Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, The Killers, Dead & Company, The Black Keys, Santana, and Imagine Dragons headline. Since then, Billboard seem to have confirmed that Chance, Killers, Santana, Dead, and Imagine Dragons “will be performing” at the commemorative event.

We will keep you updated as more information follows.