In a break from the tradition set by previous incarnations of the legendary festival, the 50th anniversary of Woodstock appears to be setting a broader theme for its music, with Robert Plant, Jay-Z, Black Keys, Dead & Company, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr. and Greta Van Fleet being announced as performing at the event in August.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said, “We are thrilled with all the excitement about Woodstock 50, but we have an obligation to our fans, artists and partners to do things the right way,” adding, “We are in the final stages of laying the groundwork and can’t wait to stage this once-in-a-lifetime event. We’ll be officially announcing the line-up and ticket on-sale soon, stay tuned!”
Explaining why they were going this direction, Lang explained, “Woodstock ’99 was just a musical experience with no social significance. It was just a big party. With this one, we’re going back to our roots and our original intent. And this time around, we’ll have control of everything.” He further added, “It’ll be an eclectic bill,” Lang says. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”
With no nearby hotels, it appears that camping will be the only option, but of course there will be VIP options for those who are willing to splash out for them. “There will be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” Lang explained, adding, “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 easier access to portable toilets.”
However for those looking for a more ‘Woodstock Classic’ vibe, then check out the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival which not only is a celebration of the 50th anniversary, but the four-date event takes place at the site of the original Woodstock festival. Scheduled to perform so far are Santana, Ringo Starr, The Doobie Brothers, and the Edgar Winter Band, with more due to be announced.