Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Planned at Bethel Woods Site

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No lineup has been introduced but for the Aug. 2019 celebration.

The city of Bethel, New York, is planning a golden anniversary celebration of the Woodstock competition. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced the gathering on Thursday (Dec. 27), revealing that the three-day occasion (Aug. 16-18), "Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival: Celebrating the golden anniversary on the historic web site of the 1969 Woodstock competition," will characteristic as-yet-unnamed musical performers, in addition to TED-style talks. 

The occasion will likely be placed on by Live Nation Concerts and INVNT, with a line-up and ticketing data out there quickly, in line with the Center's web site. "This pan-generational music, tradition, and group occasion will likely be held at BWCA simply 90 minutes from New York City. These three days of memorable experiences will embrace dwell performances from outstanding and rising artists spanning a number of genres and a long time, and TED-style talks from main futurists and retro-tech consultants," learn the announcement. "Festival goers may also have the ability to go to the Museum at Bethel Woods, which tells the story of the 1960s via immersive media, interactive engagements, and artifacts from the 1969 competition, in addition to expertise the particular 2019 exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future."

Promoters promise that the competition will make the most of the Arts Center's "state-of-the-art venues and amenities," with leisure villages and a sequence of "bespoke efficiency areas" to be specifically created for the occasion. “We are thrilled to associate with Live Nation and INVNT to supply Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” Darlene Fedun, CEO of Bethel Woods, mentioned within the assertion. “Fifty years in the past, folks gathered peacefully on our web site impressed to vary the world via music. As the stewards of this historic web site, we stay dedicated to preserving this wealthy historical past and spirit, and to educating and galvanizing new generations to contribute positively to the world via music, tradition, and group.”

The unique Woodstock happened on a diary farm within the Catskill Mountains north of New York metropolis on Aug. 15-18, 1969, rapidly rising from a ticketed occasion to an enormous free-for-all that drew greater than 400,000 to a muddy 600-acre diary farm for some of the iconic rock occasions of all time, that includes units from Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Who, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jimi Hendrix. 

A 25th anniversary live performance was held in Saugerties, New York, in 1994 with performances from Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Collective Soul, Deee-Lite, Aphex Twin, Joe Cocker, Cypress Hill, CSN, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and Bob Dylan. Five years later, the Woodstock '99 live performance happened in Rome, New York, drawing 400,000 folks to a former Air Force base for a chaotic three-day gatheirng marred by excessively scorching climate fan rioting and looting and quite a few stories of sexual assault. A smaller occasion was held on the positioning of the unique Woodstock in 2009, with units from quite a few the unique present's performers, together with Country Joe McDonald, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, Jefferson Starship, Mounatin and the Levon Helm Band. 

Officials in Sullivan County just lately mentioned they plan to put in 36 fiberglass dove statues to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary in a nod to the unique occasion's iconic brand. Local artists will likely be commissioned to ache the doves in colours paying homage to the 1960s.