Woodstock 50 Confirmed for August 2019
Remember those rumors back in October that they were gonna be doing another Woodstock this summer? Well, they are no longer rumors: Woodstock 50 has been announced for August 16-18, 2019. As the name suggests, the event will coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the original festival, and is being organized by one of Woodstock 1969’s founding producers, Michael Lang.
Reports The New York Times:
“Woodstock 50 will be held in the fields surrounding the Watkins Glen International racetrack, where the Summer Jam in 1973 drew an estimated 600,000 people for the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and the Band; more recently, it has been the site of two festivals by Phish.
“For Woodstock, three main stages will be supplemented by three smaller ‘neighborhoods,’ as Mr. Lang described them, with their own food and programming.
“Tickets? Mr. Lang and his team are still working on that. But they envision selling a maximum of around 100,000 three-day passes, with most attendees camping on site.”
While no acts have been announced yet, Lang tells Rolling Stone that the bill will be “eclectic,” with “hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.” He also promises “‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that” for attendees who are a little, um, pickier about their residence.
Woodstock ’94 and Woodstock ’99 both featured a ton of metal and hard rock bands, including Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Sevendust, and, of course, Jackyl.
The ’99 event also infamously featured a Limp Bizkit performance during which the crowd became incredibly destructive, with reports of multiple sexual assaults being filed following the show. Still, it seems like a safe bet that Woodstock 2019 will include at least some bands about whom us metal peeps care (please please please bring back Jackyl please please PLEASE). You’ll know more when we do.