The festival in Woodstock in August 1969 became a cult moment for hippie culture. Fifty years later, the festival is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the north of New York.
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located 160 km north of New York – the venue for a memorable festival – has just launched an advertisement for this event on its website, scheduled for August 16-18, 2019.
Promise Center "Three days of music, culture and social life"Organized in collaboration with the concert giant Live Nation. The program will include concerts of “outstanding and valuable artists that go beyond genres and decades”, as well as exchanges.
“Fifty years ago, people came to our site with the world, inspired to change the world through music, and, as custodians of this historic place, we strive to preserve its rich history and spirit, as well as to teach new generations to make a positive contribution to music, culture and public spirit, "said center director Darlene Fedun.
Some 1969 stars have already died, such as Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix. But will this anniversary be an opportunity to see other celebrities from the original edition? As for, for example, Joan Baez and the reanimation of his memorable concert in the pouring rain, or The Who, who on August 16, 1969 created 24 songs.
Without precision, the site simply indicates that “soon” there will be more details.
The Bethel Center also does not confirm the presence of Michael Lang, one of the organizers of the time, who told the local newspaper that he also intended to celebrate this anniversary.
In August 1969, when American society was divided by the Vietnam War, sexual emancipation and openness to drugs, at the Woodstock festival, which was attended by less than 50,000 people, was attended by about 500,000 people.