Woodstock, the biggest-ever American music festival that was first held in Bethel Woods, NY in 1969, is an iconic event that brought together incredible musical acts that emphasized social justice and reform. Festival co-creator Michael Lang has said, “Woodstock, in its original incarnation, was really about social change and activism.” Lang wants this to be brought back to the forefront during this festival that will be “multi-generational” and will include some tribute performances to original acts like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, etc.

This festival hasn’t been held since 1999, when it took place in Rome, NY due to the original grounds in Bethel Woods being unavailable, and is notorious for the scary scene marred by fires set during some of the festival’s headlining performances, which left a burning image in the minds of a nationwide television audience. The lineup was something else, though, with performing acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Alanis Morissette, Metallica, DMX, Dave Matthews Band, Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, and Megadeth, among many, many other notable names.

“Woodstock ’99 was just a musical experience with no social significance,” [Lang] says. “It was just a big party. With this one, we’re going back to our roots and our original intent. And this time around, we’ll have control of everything.”

This anniversary festival will be one that has been years in the making, and will be properly planned to avoid the unfortunate negative situations that occurred in ’99. One thing’s for sure, and that’s that Woodstock will feature a lineup that will rival any in music festival history as one of the best and most eclectic mix of incredibly-talented artists that will appeal to music fans both young and old. Travis Scott sharing the stage with a Jimi Hendrix hologram? Bob Dylan jamming out with Post Malone? The possibilities are truly endless.


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