Woodstock Is Back For Its 50th Anniversary
January 10, 2019
Summer of 2019 is going to be epic! Iconic music festival Woodstock is set to celebrate their 50th anniversary in a big way. Going back to their roots and original intent, co-creator Micheal Lang has confirmed that the three-day music festival will take place from August 16-18 in New York. And there’s a mention of over 40 artists performing over a spread of three stages! From hip hop, rock to pop, the eclectic list will also have a few legendary bands performing.
We can look forward to a treat of tribute performances, reunions, collabs and maybe even some fresh new talent! Lang also mentioned, “Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old, and that’s kind of what we’re going for here”, cuing that the music festival will cater to a multi-generational audience.
In a recent press release, the organizers mentioned how they’d like to revive the spirit of the iconic 1969 event. Their mission is to “to unite people in a shared experience with great artists, and encourage active support of equality, inclusion and a shared sustainable future”.
Lang has also promised this year’s Woodstock Music & Art Fair will be way better than the 1999 horror story. For now, we’re digging deep into our files to pull out some interesting bits on the concert.
10 facts about Woodstock ’69
1. An estimated 300,000 wild and free festival-goers tore down the fences to enter the concert.
2. They ran out of munchies on the first day!
3. Which led to the Army airlifting sandwiches, water bottles and medical kits.
4. Ravi Shankar was the only Indian musician to perform at Woodstock and he found the crowd’s “terrifying”.
5. The festival was originally to be held at Woodstock but due to the lack of an appropriate venue, they held it on a dairy farm in Bethel.
6. Jimi Hendrix performed one of the most iconic moments of the sixties at Woodstock when he performed The Star Spangled Banner.
7. The organizers were only in their 20s when they created this epic festival!
8. The Beatles didn’t make it to Woodstock because of rumored visa issues.
9. The concert’s official tagline was “3 Days of Peace & Music”.
10. Apparently a woman gave birth on-stage. Still a mystery.
Do you know which popular artists played at Woodstock ’69? If you’ve been tuning in on Heart FM, you’ll probably recall a few favorites. Hint: one’s a famous Latin rock band.