More details about the 50th anniversary Woodstock Festival

You knew it had to happen. Michael Lang, the producer of Woodstock in 1969, 1994, and 1999, has confirmed there will be a Woodstock 2019.

No, it won’t be at Max Yasgur’s farm. Or in Saugerties, New York. Or in Rome, New York. The venue will be Watkins Glen, August 16-19. That race track has hosted a number of big events, including a 1973 festival that had a headcount beyond 600,000, making bigger than the original Woodstock. However, let’s not forget that Phish’s Curveball Festival was canceled last summer because of a contaminated water supply.

No acts have been announced yet, but Lang assures everyone that about 40 performers–rock, pop, hip-hop, and a few bands still alive from previous Woodstocks–have already been locked down. There will also apparently be a bunch of tribute bands to evoke the spirit of Janis, Jimi, Joe Cocker, the Band and others. We’ll start hearing about who’s playing when tickets go on sale next month.

Lang also promises that this Woodstock won’t be the shit shows that we saw with the previous three. Back in 1969, it was mud and poor sanitation. In 1994, it was mud, poor sanitation, and usurious prices for things like water. And in 1999, it was fires, vandalism and sexual assaults.

From Rolling Stone: “There’s a new dimension in portable toilets now. They are clean and airy and sizeable. They also don’t get pumped during the event, so you don’t have these wagons running around smelling everywhere. And then the end product is fertilizer.”

Read more here. The New York Times also has this story.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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