Come August, aged hippies and fans of 60s nostalgia will remember the original three
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.