In August 1969, a half-million or more music lovers road-tripped to the wilds of upstate New York for the “3 Days of Peace and Music: Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.” From Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin — the rest is bona fide rock ‘n’ roll history.
Come Aug. 16-18, a rambling lineup of contemporary melodic acts — based to what’s left side of the Grateful Dead to Miley Cyrus and Chance the Rapper — will endeavor to leave a mark on the world once more at the 1,000-acre International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY.
Following quite a while of online gossipy tidbits, the official lineup for the 50th anniversary concert was declared Tuesday. Current acts, for example, Halsey, Imagine Dragons and Janelle Monae are presently set to share stage space with veteran Woodstock artists Melanie, Hot Tuna and Country Joe McDonald.
It’s everything part of what coordinators publicity as an opportunity to join the nation once more.
“Woodstock 1969 was a reaction by the youth of its time and the conditions we faced,” says Woodstock 50 co-founder Michael Lang. “We proved that it is possible to live together in harmony and with compassion…with only our best selves represented. Woodstock gave people around the world hope, which is why I think it remains relevant today.”
Prior this month, there were reports the celebration reboot was tormented by issues “regarding the raising of money and venue capacity.”
At the time, Lang stated, “There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock. We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”
Of course, some race track isn’t the original site of Woodstock, yet Variety reports that the International Speedway comes souped up with a strong live rock pedigree: it facilitated two Phish celebrations and 1973’s “Summer Jam,” highlighting The Band and Grateful Dead.