Bringing Peace, Love & Music Back to the Planet
Woodstock 1969’s Co-Producer and Co-Founder Michael Lang has introduced the return of the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Fair for its official 50th anniversary celebration. Woodstock 1969 was billed as “three Days of Peace & Music,” and 50 years later, Woodstock 50 will give generations of followers the chance to affix collectively within the competition’s foundational intent of concord and compassion.
The three-day occasion will happen from Friday, August 16th by way of Sunday, August 18th in Watkins Glen – situated in Upstate New York. Lang has put collectively a world-class staff for curation and onsite competition manufacturing. Woodstock 50 would be the solely approved commemoration of the long-lasting 1969 competition and can characteristic a tremendous lineup.
To commemorate the motion that outlined a technology of youth, a restricted variety of discounted pre-sale tickets will probably be obtainable to school college students ages 18-25, by the tip of January. The lineup and normal on-sale data will probably be introduced over the approaching weeks.
“It’s time to place the hypothesis to relaxation and formally announce that Woodstock 50 is going on,” states Lang. “The unique competition in ’69 was a response by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to struggle for – civil rights, girls’s rights, and the antiwar motion, and it gave technique to our mission to share peace, love and music. Today, we’re experiencing related disconnects in our nation, and one factor we’ve realized is that music has the ability to deliver individuals collectively. So, it’s time to deliver the Woodstock spirit again, become involved and make our voices heard.”
The 1,000 acres of greenfield at Watkins Glen International and the encircling space will make for ample house for attendees to take pleasure in in revelry and group, and expansive levels primed for one-of-a-kind performances. The competition grounds may also characteristic lodging experiences for tents, RVs, vans, and extra premium tenting choices.
“The unique web site in Bethel is great, however a lot too small for what we’re envisioning,” says Lang. “Watkins Glen International offers us the flexibility to create one thing not like some other commemorative occasion and one thing uniquely Woodstock,” he provides. Watkins Glen International additionally has a spot in music competition historical past as the house to Summer Jam in 1973. “It’s a lovely location and an excellent web site,” mentioned Lang, noting that when he first noticed it, he felt “a direct emotional connection to the land.”
The competition could have three most important levels, bringing collectively greater than 60 of the most important names and rising expertise in rock, hip hop, pop and nation. Music followers can anticipate present artists and distinctive collaborations, but in addition tribute performances respiratory new life into a few of Woodstock’s iconic moments. “It will probably be primarily up to date expertise, however the legacy acts will probably be represented and honored,” states Lang.
And in true Woodstock kind, a key factor of the 50th anniversary competition will probably be matching music with goal – particularly sustainability and advocacy. Nonprofit and cause-driven organizations will probably be an enormous a part of the expertise, with programming and activations onsite, together with screenings, panels and artwork installations. Highly curated ‘neighborhoods’ will characteristic extra intimate and distinctive experiences – with artwork varieties from music to comedy, spoken phrase to movie and wonderful meals choices.
“The Woodstock 50th Anniversary will probably be about sharing an expertise with nice artists and inspiring individuals to get educated and concerned within the social points impacting everybody on the planet,” Lang says. “It’s so inspiring to see younger individuals at this time channeling their ardour into causes they care about. That’s one thing that’s all the time been part of Woodstock’s mission, and it’s an enormous focus on the 50th competition.”
Lang will probably be working hand-in-hand with Schuyler County and native and state businesses to deliver Woodstock 50 to life. “I need to supply heartfelt thanks upfront to the State Police, Sheriff’s Department and the whole Schuyler County Administration, State Department of Health, and naturally the governor of this nice state, which has embraced the Woodstock legacy,” says Lang.
He added that “we really feel we have now the fitting staff in place and look ahead to working with all the businesses to create a profitable and historic occasion for the state of New York and Schuyler County.”
The Woodstock 50th anniversary brand was created by award-winning Los Angeles-based artist Kii Arens. Arens’ creative profession started when he grew to become Michael Lang’s assistant for the 1994 Woodstock Festival. He has created poster and branding work for Coachella, The Hollywood Bowl, and lots of of musicians throughout all genres.
The Woodstock 50th anniversary is being produced beneath license from Woodstock Ventures. Woodstock Ventures was based by Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman and the late John Roberts. Together, the co-founders together with Artie Kornfeld, produced the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival. Kornfeld will probably be rejoining the staff to rejoice and put collectively Woodstock 50.
Additional particulars will probably be launched within the coming weeks, together with lineup and ticket data, in addition to sponsors, and nonprofit companions.