August 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock Festival, which is rumored to see Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters headline, and the town of Bethel, New York is set on making this year's installment of the music affair one to remember.
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts recently announced the three-day event, which is intent on "celebrating the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival." Renamed the Bethel Woods Music & Culture Festival, the affair is set to take place August 16 - 19 and feature "live performances from prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades, and TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts." Among the other names that are rumored to play the festival this year include Bon Jovi, The Who, and Phish. Full details for the event line-up, ticketing, non-musical experiences, and more are set to be released soon. Click here for more information!
"We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation and INVNT to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival," Darlene Fedun, CEO, BWCA, said in a statement. "Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music. As the stewards of this historic site, we remain committed to preserving this rich history and spirit, and to educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community."
Meanwhile, Michael Lang, producer and co-creator of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, is producing another anniversary event. "While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I'm delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the Museum and concert venue," he said in a statement.
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