This summer, it’ll be Woodstock vs. Woodstock

Come August, aged hippies and fans of 60s nostalgia will remember the original three day Woodstock Festival held on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm. And just like 1994 (the 25th anniversary) and 1999 (the 30th), there will be a commemorative event. Two, actually.

This could get complicated.

One event will take place on the same land in Bethel Woods that hosted the 1969 festival. The dates are August 16-18. The host will be the Bethel Woods Centre for the Arts in conjunction with Live Nation.

The BWCftA says they are the “stewards of [the] historic site” and therefore have the best claim to the Woodstock legacy. They’re planning an event that will include music, special TED-style talks and other “non-musical experiences.”

However, Michael Lang, the original producer of Woodstock ’69–and the guy behind the ’94 and ’99 events–has his own ideas. His version will be held somewhere else in the area (he says an announcement will be made “in early January“). Given that he has all the rights to all the Woodstock festivals, Lang’s will be the official 50th-anniversary event.

Whatever the case, if you’re planning to go, best book your accommodation now as space is filling up fast.

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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