Next summer will officially mark 50 years since the legendary Woodstock Festival of 1969 took place, and to commemorate this incredible milestone there will be another one held in the same location so a new generation of music fans can experience the "Summer of Love" for themselves.
According to Narcity, the event will be held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a concert venue that was built directly on top of the original Woodstock site, 37-acres of land just north of New York City. The venue announced the plans for the three-day festival on their website and released a statement explaining that they have teamed up with live entertainment company Live Nation and global live brand storytelling agency INVNT to produce the event.
"We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation and INVNT to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival," Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods CEO, said in the 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 tot he world through music, culture, and community."
The event will take place Aug 16-18, 2019, and includes "live performances from prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades." There will also TED-style talks from what the statement describes as "leading futurists and retro-tech experts," with concert-goers also having the opportunity to explore special 50th-anniversary exhibits about the original Woodstock.
50 years ago, the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair that was held from August 15-17, 1969 and was billed as "three days of peace and music" and has become recognized as one of the strongest instances of the 1960's counterculture in the U.S. It was a music festival that brought like-minded people together during a time when the country was embroiled in the Vietnam War, drug culture was emerging, the Black Power movement was gaining speed, and there was a sexual revolution taking place, Daily Mail reported.
The event drew over 400,000 people to what was then Max Yasgur's dairy farm to sit in a field, sometimes in the pouring rain, and enjoy three days of historic live music performances. According to Fox News, Rolling Stone has listed the event as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
Some of the more than 30 musical acts and era icons who took to the stage at Woodstock included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and the Grateful Dead, just to name a few. Event organizers expected less than 50,000 people to come out for the event, and when nearly half a million showed up, they were left flustered and eventually turned the festival into a free show.
For the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in 2009, an event was held in Bethel, New York, with such musical acts from the original festival as Joe McDonald and Canned Heat performing once again.
Bethel Woods has said more information on the 2019 event including ticketing and a full list of the event line-up will be released soon.