Speculation and rumors surrounding Woodstock‘s 50th anniversary festival were ignited earlier this month. First, one of Woodstock’s co-founders announced they had definite plans in the works for a festival. Then a potential line-up was leaked (and confirmed) for a completely separate, unaffiliated event at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (BWCA), which is renowned for being the original site of Woodstock.
While music festival fans have heard little from the former, today the latter was confirmed with a name and date. Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will take place August 16-18, 2019, coinciding with the dates of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. The three-day event will be hosted in partnership with Live Nation Concerts and INVNT.
“We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation and INVNT to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” said Darlene Fedun, CEO, BWCA. “Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music. As the stewards of this historic site, we remain committed to preserving this rich history and spirit, and to educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community.”
The event is said to host music that will bring generations together over a decades-long billing of artists, TED-style talks, and special exhibits celebrating the history of Woodstock. Artists being approached currently include Chance The Rapper, Pink, Phish, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, and Skrillex.
Lineup and ticket announcements are coming soon. For now, a save date was in order.