Woodstock Festival Will Return This Summer for 50th Anniversary

UPDATE: As of August 1, 2019, a mere two weeks prior to the originally scheduled event, CNN reported that the ill-fated 50th anniversary celebration was canceled once and for all.

"We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the Festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating," said Michael Lang, co-founder of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. "We thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity."

The Bethel, New York event that captured the imaginations of the baby boomer generation and has continued to loom large in the history of rock music is set to return this summer as a three-day music festival. Michael Lang, one of the original Woodstock organizers, is behind the upcoming event as well, and made its official announcement in an interview with Rolling Stone, following months of rumors.

The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019 will take place August 16–18, in Watkins Glen, New York—about 150 miles from the original site. Lang says the "multi-generational" event will feature new artists from across rock, hip-hop, and pop, as well as returning acts from the 1969 event.

"We're going back to our roots and our original intent," Lang told Rolling Stone, distancing himself from Woodstock '99, which turned destructive during Limp Bizkit's Saturday night performance of "Break Stuff" and ended in fires Sunday night. Participants, who had been given candles to set the mood for Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge," used them instead to set bonfires, concession stands, and, eventually, an audio tower ablaze.

Lang, who also helped organize Woodstock '99, called it an "MTV event" and "a musical experience with no social significance."

Vying for the social significance of Woodstock's 50th anniversary is another 50th anniversary festival planned for the same weekend. At the original site, Live Nation is promoting the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, which will include "live music, TED-style talks, and special exhibits."

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