It seems like the mother of all festivals is slated to make its return in 2019. Woodstock, the world’s most iconic music festival in the Unites States will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 and what better way to celebrate than to organise a third edition this musical mayhem.
The very first Woodstock took place in August, 1969. From then on, it was always remembered in history as one of the earliest large scale music festival that goes on for three days. Plans are already being made for the 50th anniversary celebration, according to Ulster County, N.Y., resident Michael Lang, the driving force behind the famous festival that attracted 400,000 revelers to Sullivan County during its debut in 1969.
Lang is one of the founding organizers of the original Woodstock festival. According to reports, he had attempted to organise a 40th anniversary celebration at Brooklyn's Prospect Park, but it of course did not happen. There has been two other Woodstock since the first one. The second one took place in 1994 at Saugerties, and then the third one ensued in 1999 in Rome, New York.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is situated on the original Woodstock site. It now plays host to the U.S edition of Mysteryland since 2013. Lang revealed that discussions are underway with potential partners and different locations being explored. Not only are they planning one for the U.S, but an overseas events could also be possible.
He also stated plans of ensuring the festival’s longevity that goes beyond the 50th anniversary event. “Woodstock is the original and most famous festival brand. With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it's time for that,” he was quoted saying by Poughkeepsie Journal reports.
Woodstock 1994 and 1999 featured a number of electronic music acts including the likes of Aphex Twins, Kevin Saunderson, Orbital, Moby, The Chemical Brothers, and Fatboy Slim. Check out The Chemical Brothers’ performance of their hit, ‘Block Rockin’ Beats from the 1999 edition.
Source: Music Times