The original 1969 Woodstock Festival organisers have revealed plans for its 50th-anniversary celebration.
The legendary three-day concert, which originally took place in Bethel, New York in August of 1969, brought in an estimated audience of 400,000 to watch iconic sets from Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who – among others.
Woodstock 50 is set to take place in Watkins Glen, New York form the 16th-18th of August 2019.
According to a press release from the official organisers, 60 acts consisting of the “biggest names and emerging talent in rock, hip hop, pop and country” will play across three main stages.
Headliners for the festival have yet to be announced, with the first acts being announced next month.
Michael Lang, a co-creator of the original 1969 festival, told The New York Times that he would like social activism take a front seat at the anniversary event: “Coachella’s got its thing, as does Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, but I think they’re all missing an opportunity to make a difference in the world. They’re all perfect places for social engagement and for fostering ideas, and I think that’s lost.”
By the end of January discounted pre-sale tickets will be available in limited numbers for college students between the ages of 18 and 25, followed by the release of 100,000 general sale passes, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
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