- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 6:09PM
Chance the Rapper, The Killers and Imagine Dragons are among 80 plus artists set to headline one of the 50th anniversary shows celebrating the original Woodstock festival this summer.
Co-founder and producer of the 1969 and 2019 Woodstock festivals Michael Lang announced a blockbuster line-up Tuesday that will headline the Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair, to be held across three stages Aug. 16th-18th in Watkins Glen International racetrack, Finger Lakes, New York - about 185 kilometres north-west of the original site.
First tickets go on sale April 22nd (Earth Day) for the three-day event celebrating messages of peace, love and music.
Lang said despite the fact Woodstock took place nearly 50 years ago, 2019 and 1969 share some parallels.
“It’s kind of spooky how similar things are. How some of the things that we thought we’d gone past in the last 50 years — the racial divides, care for the environment and women’s rights — now we have Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement and climate deniers and another (expletive) in the White House,” Lang said.
Lang made the announcement at a press conference at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York City alongside Common and John Fogerty, who performed at the original Woodstock. Both Fogerty and Common will perform this summer.
Fogerty, 73, recalled performing his set in 1969 after the Grateful Dead hit the stage. He said when he took the stage after midnight, half the audience was asleep.
“I was frustrated and I said something like, ‘We hope you’re having a good time out there. We’re playing our hearts out for ya up here.’ And I don’t really see much moving. I see a light, somebody’s lighter goes on in the darkness and somebody called ouy, ‘Don’t worry about it John, we’re with ya!’ So I played the rest of my Woodstock set for that guy,” he said.
The original concert was held on a farm in Bethel, New York that is now run as a public attraction by The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The venue has its own seperate anniversary event planned for August 16th-18th.
The festival has a wide range of performers from the likes of originals such as Santana to artists like Chance The Rapper and Miley Cyrus. The Killers are also scheduled to perform. “We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring
people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” said Michael Lang, “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”
Common, 47, said he is happy to represent hip-hop music at Woodstock 50 and be a part of a festival that not only celebrates music, but also has strong socio-political traits.
“To be able to be connected to Woodstock in any shape, form or fashion for me is one of the greatest honors I’ve had not just as an artist, but as a human being,” the the famed award winner said. “There’s so much going on right now (and) I think one of the best ways we can combat the ignorance, the divisiveness, and the hatred is to go out there and really push, express and practice love, and it definitely comes through at Woodstock.”
See the full line-up and purchase your tickets online at https://www.woodstock.com/