50 years ago, on August 15-17, 1969, legends of rock ‘n’ roll invaded a 600-acre dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur in the Sullivan County Town of Bethel, New York for a festival, 85 miles northwest of New York City.
More than 400,000 people attended the event which was held during a rainstorm and Woodstock was born.
The concert became one of the most iconic music events in history. Bands such as Santana, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young participated.
50th Anniversary Of Woodstock
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, The Bethel Woods Center (BWCA), Live Nation and INVNT are teaming together to bring us a new event entitled the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival. No artists or music acts have been announced yet, but organizers promised both prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and generations. Also, ticket prices have not been set.
The festival will take place at the spot of the original Woodstock and will take place August 16-18, 2019. Almost exactly the same dates at the first concert. Entertainment villages and bespoke performance areas will be created for the concert.
Darlene Fedun, CEO of the BWCA stated that she is thrilled to partner with Live Nation and the INVNT to produce this event. She mentioned that she is committed to preserving the spirit and history of the original concert and hopes to educate and inspire new generations to change the world through culture, community, and music.
The festival will also include TED-style talks. At the Museum at Bethel Woods, there will be a historical exhibition that will chronicle the 1960’s through interactive engagements and immersive media. Artifacts from the original festival will be on display.
The museum will feature an exhibition “We Are Golden: Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future.”
There have been different Woodstock celebrations in the past, the golden anniversary is considered one of the biggest. Different organizations in the county are preparing for a yearlong celebration.
Getting Ready For Woodstock
This month, Bethel Woods received a state grant of $200,000 grant to create campsites to encourage multi-day festivals or events and to attract more visitors.
Sullivan County and the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association revealed 36 fiberglass doves. These doves will create a dove trail and will perch in communities and at landmarks throughout the county.
The 50th Anniversary celebration is not affiliated, produced or sponsored by the partnership behind the original 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair – Woodstock Ventures LC.
Michael Lang who originally staged the 1969 Woodstock, In 1994 held a 25th Anniversary concert in Saugerties in 1994, and in 1999 a 30th Anniversary Concert in Rome, New York is considered the public face of the event. In November, he discussed there would be plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the concert. However, he will not be a part of this event.
While there have been annual celebrations and events to commemorate Woodstock in the past, the confirmation of a festival for the golden anniversary is the cherry on top of what promises to be the biggest milestone yet.
About 4 million people visited the Sullivan Catskills in 2018, and that is expected to double in 2019 with the upcoming festival according to the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association.
Written By Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware and DiMarkco Chandler
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