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The 50th anniversary Woodstock festival announces its lineup.

Meh. This looks like just another run-of-the-mill festival.

This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock. Given that there were 25th- and 30th-anniversary gigs, it makes total sense that this can be milked at least one more time.

After some delays and some rumours about financial issues, we now have the (we think) full lineup for the weekend of August 18-20 in Watkins Glen, New York. Max Yasgur’s farm, the site of the original ’60 festival? Nope. That air force based in Rome, New York where things were held in ’99? No, thankfully. And wherever that field was in Saugerties in ’94. Uh-uh.

If the poster is a little blurry, the event will feature

  • Jay-Z
  • Dead & Company (The Grateful Dead played in ’69, didn’t they?)
  • Black Keys
  • David Crosby & Friends (CSN was there in ’69)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Country Joe and the Fish (Another alumnus of ’69)
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Halsey
  • John Fogerty (CCR was there in ’69)
  • The Raconteurs
  • Robert Plant
  • Melanie (’69 veteran)
  • Run the Jewels
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • Janelle Monae
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Santana (He was there in ’69)
  • Margo Price
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Portugal the Man
  • Canned Heat (Another ’69 performer)
  • Dawes
  • Lumineers
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Pussy Riot
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Leon Bridges
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes,
  • Common
  • Young the Giant
  • The Zombies

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I was on Global News Radio 640 talking about this, too.

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One thought on “The 50th anniversary Woodstock festival announces its lineup.

  • Also performing that day were David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and Country Joe McDonald. Can you say Deja vu?


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