The internet was redlining from a viral frenzy last week when a potential Woodstock 50th anniversary line-up and venue details leaked. However, there’s been cause for confusion over the event itself and Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang’s official statement that his team had “definite plans” in the works.
Upon deeper inspection of the originally leaked tweet, care of the notorious Festive Owl, fan comments revealed that the 50th anniversary event is not affiliated with Lang and company at all. Rather, it is a Woodstock-adjacent celebration by a completely different group of high-powered promoters.
Spearheaded by Live Nation, INVNT, and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, rumored headliners being approached were Neil Young, Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Swedish House Mafia, Daft Punk, and many more. The festival was also purportedly being called Journey On.
Now INVNT’s CEO has reached back out to Festive Owl to fully confirm the event’s existence as real — but also to clarify that it is no longer being called Journey On, nor is it affiliated with Woodstock Ventures LLC in any way. It is entirely different beast altogether.
The event’s official name, headliners, and ticketing information will be revealed in the coming weeks. However, fans can mark their calendars for August 16-18 and book their flights to Bethel Woods, New York, since those details can now be officially confirmed.
Lang is rumored to be scouting Rome, New York (the site of Woodstock’s 1999 reunion) for potential venues for his event. As for Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, it seems festival goers may have a choice to make — between staying committed to the original company of promoters or heading out to the original festival grounds.
Stay tuned as more announcements unfold for the two separate events.